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IMFormation August 2015
Supplementary report on the
exposure to carcinogens in surface
The report details work undertaken following an HSE
research project OH36 which examined the use of
biological monitoring in the surface engineering
(electroplating) industry and reported in HSE research
report RR963 “Exposure to hexavalent chromium,
nickel and cadmium compounds in the electroplating
Two separate projects were conducted to investigate the
efficacy of chemical protective gloves in various
electroplating scenarios as a result of which they have
raised 12 points by HSE field inspectors.
Company News and
Crest Pumps Group
The new AMX fully plastics process pumps offer
improved efficiency, greater simplicity and reduced
maintenance for even the hardest of acidic and
To keep process streamlined, all polypropylene parts and
complete pumps are available ex-stock for next-day
delivery. Both full polypropylene (AMX-GG) and original
AMX magnetic drive pumps can be built to ATEX
standards Zone 1-2 with a maximum temperature of
110oC and an efficiency of up to 80%.
The AMX increases the mean time between
maintenance and servicing with the pumps patented
buffer system which absorbs vibration & shock caused
by adverse operating condition.
For further information please contact
James Dashwood Tel: 01425 627700
Flammable Solvent Cleaning Machine IG200
Latest cleaning machine designed to safely use an
azeotropic blend of clohexane and isopropyle alcohol for
cleaning electronic components to sub-micron level.
This azeotrope has been shown to be effective in
removing a wide variety of contaminants since alcohol’s
polar molecular chemistry results in the repulsion
forces between particles and surface.
These forces tend to shield the effect of Van de Waals
forces and dissipate electrostatic forces to the extent
that alcohol is approximately twice as effective for the
removal of sub-micron sized particles than water.
Cyclohexane, a solvent with physical properties akin to
alcohol, is effective for removing organic films when
used in similar equipment. Drying is carried out in the
vapour phase and freeboard area below the sealed lid
with components cleaned by immersion and or sprayed.
Further information Tel: +44 (0)1782 370400
E. Braude (London) Ltd
This company has specialised in acid proof equipment
for heating and cooling of corrosive liquids. The product
range is used in various industries within Surface
Finishing and other specialised ones like Aerospace.
The range of heaters includes for solutions where
corrosion resistance is not a requirement. – The Polaris
Neptune electric immersion heater was created for these
processes where the full chemical resistance of Teflon is
not a requirement.
They are available to suit single or three phase electrical
supply. Where the standard heater dimensions are not
suitable for your tank sizes, they can be formed in
suitable configuration to suit your installation.
For more information please contact the sales team
either by phone on 01252 876123 or email
Dr Tony Hart has revised the Nickel Sulphamate
Working manual which is a practical guide for shop
floor and laboratory personnel.
It has been dedicated to the late Dr. Alex Watson, a well
known person that Tony worked with for over 30 years
and from whom Tony acquired his enthusiasm for nickel
plating and for sulphamate nickel in particular.
This manual is a revived version of the one which was
produced in 1991.
It is available for purchase in two formats, as a CD
version and printed version.
For further information or to place an order please
DP Energy Services (formally Drake Power) is now
owned by Powerstax one of Europe’s power solutions
manufacturers. The Essex based company continues to
supply high-reliability power systems which the many
challenges equipment designers face to meet the many
harsh environmental conditions needed to control
surface finishing processes.
Tim Worley, CEO of Powerstax, comments. “Drake is a
great brand with an excellent range of products, some
50 years experience of manufacturing transformers with
more than 30 of those years making large power
systems and has experience and with the expertise
Powerstax brings to Darke, we are anticipating rapid
development of new products for traditional and
emerging markets and greater opportunities for
Powerstax-Drake transformer-rectifiers offer output
rectifiers units from 2V up to 600V, output currents to
5,000A, and output power up to 1000kVA and beyond.
Systems can be oil, air or water cooled and can be sealed
up to IP65 if the environmental dictates with purge and
pressure systems and heat exchangers incorporated if
For further information contact Powerstax direct
Tel: +44 (0) 1252 407800 or email email@example.com
Education and Training
Functional Plating Short Course
This tutored course is designed to give students an
understanding of the subject from basic principles to
in-depth information needed by experience applicators.
It will benefit electroplaters, technicians, process
engineers and also specifiers of deposits. Students do
not require knowledge of science to take this course
Selected units from the Foundation Certificate Course
are used followed by two new sessions which includes
comprehensive information on the most common types
of functional plating deposits used for engineering
applications in many engineering sectors.
The course is delivered in four tutored sessions; each of
about 3 hour’s duration and has a marked assignment.
A short multi-choice style test is held at the end of the
For further information please contact David at IMF
Exeter House, Tel: 0121 622 7387.
New Professional Member
Fellow - FIMF
Gardner, Robert Hubbard Hall Incorporated
Downie, Stuart Lloyds Register Global
Member - MIMF
Whelen, Michael Dublin Institute of Technology
The next enrolment date for
Education & Training courses is
Friday 29th May.
Prospective students should contact David at IMF
Exeter House, Tel: 0121 622 7387
Courses available, currently for study are:
Study consists of a total of 15 units of which 7 are
mandatory, 5 from one of 3 Technology Blocks covering
Electroplating, Aerospace or Organic Coating subjects
and a further 3 from units from a optional units block of
subjects not already included in the mandatory section
to be studied.
This course is designed to provide personnel in surface
finishing and related technologies with the opportunity
to improve and increase their knowledge and thus be
able to deal with shop floor problems more effectively.
It is also of value to line management and sales
personnel to better increase their knowledge of the
processes operated within the company.
Following on from the Foundation Certificate there are
currently several more Advanced Modules:
Principles of Electroplating • Electroplating Practice
Paint, Lacquer and Varnish • Powder Coating
Environment, Health and Safety • Electroforming
Automotive • Materials Science
Subject to passing the examination in any two of the
above subjects the student is awarded a “Technician
Certificate”, which subject to passing a written
examination, may be endorsed as a Credit or
23 –24 September 2015
National Exhibition Centre
Major event for the Surface Finishing and Treatment
Includes free seminar and free exhibition directory.
Book now for your exhibition stand.
Contact Nigel Bean - 011442 826826 or
Surface Engineering &
Heat Treatment Industry
Friday 16th October 2015
Stratford Manor Hotel
Warwick Road, Stratford-upon Avon
The event is organised by the surface Engineering
Association in partnership with the CHTA and Wolfson.
It is the first national event with an associated
exhibition encompassing heat treatment in England for
over ten years.
Offers of conference presentations or request for table
top space please contact Diana Blair at the SEA
Tel: 0121 237 1123 or Fax: 0121237 1124
|INSTITUTE OF MATERIALS FINISHING
Exeter House • 48 Holloway Head • Birmingham • B1 1NQ
Tel: 0121 622 7387 • Please refer to contact list for email addresses
Registered in England No 498619 A
Next enrolment is 1 June 2018
Click here for important enrolment information