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IMFormation April 2013

11th – 13th June 2013
Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon

The time is fast approaching for the conference and Exhibition and the conference brochure is currently being compiled. To ensure you recieve a copy, register your interest today. Please contact Ken Hoare at:-

The 3-day conference has each day themed:-

Tuesday 11th June - Aerospace
The day will commence with a welcome address by the President of the Institute of Materials Finishing, Paul Lansdell, BSc, PhD, FIMMIM, FIMF

This will be followed by a ‘Keynote Address’ by David Neal FIMF – Global Process Owner – Painting Technology – Rolls Royce plc.

Wednesday 12th June - Automotive
The day will commence with a ‘Keynote Address’ by Alan Robinson – Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) entitled ‘Future trends in the automotive sector’.

Thursday 13th June - Technical
The day will commence with a ‘Keynote Address’ by Janet Hope MIMF- LVH Coatings Ltd, entitled ‘Light in Weight - UV curing paint systems increase the versatility of plastics in weight saving applications’. This will be followed by the ‘Hothersall Memorial Lecture’. At the AGM 2012 the Medal, which is given every two years to an individual in recognition for their outstanding service to the surface finishing industry was presented to Graham Armstrong FIMF, who will present the Memorial Lecture.

Concurrent with the conference will be a manned supported exhibition of major suppliers from across the finishing industry.

Health, Safety & Environment

European Chemical Agency (ECHA)
A new public consultation has been launched on 10 potential SVHCs. Comments are being sought on the substances, which include Cadmium, CadmiumOxide and a collection of organic chemicals.
The consultation period is for 45 days ending on 18 April.
Information on the substances and their uses can be obtained at:
The European Commission has asked ECHA to carry out an initial investigation of the risks associated with the use of five cobalt salts: cobalt sulphate, cobalt dichloride, cobalt dinitrate, cobalt carbonate and cobalt diacetate. Based on the study, the Commissioners will request ECHA to prepare a dossier to restrict the use of salts if there are indications of a risk to human health which is not adequately controlled. The Commissioners made this request after it opted to postpone the decision on the inclusion of these substances in the Authorisation List (annex XIV) until the restriction process has been concluded.

Company News & Products

ITM Products Ltd
The FNF-01 Thickness Coating Gauge offers functionality, quality and durability. Features include:
* Factory calibrated ready to use straight away
* Automatic memory function for last 10 readings
* Auto on/off after 10 seconds
* Automatic detection of substrate type
* Easily switched between metric and imperial
* 1 year warranty
Supplied with hard carrying case, 4 calibration Foils – 50, 100, 250 and 500 microns, ferrous and non-ferrous zero plates, user manual and batteries fitted just before despatch.

Rectifier Technologies UK Ltd (RTUK)
The company supply modern, switch mode rectifiers (SMR) to work in hazardous environments and were chosen by a UK surface finishing company to undertake a case study with them to replace old existing rectifiers and install new up to date ones to increase capacity for anodising and electroplating facilities.
The units chosen have current reversal, voltage or current control timers and storage programs. The units have been installed for chromium plating and sulphuric and chromic hard anodising using current and voltage control.
Six months on, the units have proved to be popular with the operators who find themsimple and reliable in use and due to the high efficiency of the system has negated the need to upgrade the AC power supply.
For further information contact RTUK, email: or Tel: 01440 706777

Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC)

The AMRC training centre in collaboration with the Contract Heat Treatment Association (CHTA) offer a Certificate in Metallurgy for technicians which is a formal QCF level 3 qualification (equivalent to A level) accredited by Excellence, Achievement and Learning (EAL) Limited.
Candidates are required to complete training modules, each of which will be assessed by examination.

Scientific & Engineering Principles (1 day self study)
Fundamentals of Metallurgy (1 day taught course)

Options (5 to be selected) all 1 day taught courses
Principles of Testing & Quality Assurance
Mechanical Testing Techniques
Non-Destructive Testing
Principles of Heat Treatment
Metals for Aerospace Applications
Metals Processing & Manufacturing Technologies

Fees - £2500 per candidate

Further information from Graham Small

IMF News

New E-mail contact addresses:-
For: Technical matters, Reach, Conferences etc Ken Hoare –
For: Membership, Education & Training and papers for Transactions.
David Meacham –
Please do not use the old Exeter House e-mail address.

New Sustaining Members

Datum Developments Ltd
Unit 2, Station Yard Industrial Estate, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 1ES
Tel: 01548 85371
Contact: Dr P Jefferies, CEO
Datum produces PolcoatTM a high value engineering Polyamide coating formed by electrodeposition. It is valued as the best performing conformal coating for large area thin film metal finishing applications.

Hardide Coatings
Unit 11, Wedgewood Road, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX26 4UL
Tel: 01869 353830, Fax: 01869 353831
Contact: Dr Yuri Zhuk, Technical Director
Hardide is a range of advanced tungsten carbide coatings for metal parts, which provides exceptional wear and erosion resistance combined with toughness and ductility and which can coat internal surfaces and complex geometries.

The Manufacturing Technologies Association
62, Bayswater Road, London W2 3PS
Tel: 0207 298 6400, Fax: 0207 298 6430
Contact: Mr Adrian Sell
Business & Events Manager
The MTA is a trade body for companies working in the engineering manufacturing sector. Member companies are mainly involved in manufacturing or supply of engineering technology. The MTA delivers the iconic exhibition focused on manufacturing Technology – MACH. See:

Nitec (UK) Ltd
Hardwick House, Hardwick View Road, Holmewood Industrial Estate, Chesterfield, S42 5SA
Contact: Mr Marcus Hill - Director
Tel: 01246 859200, Fax: 01246 859300
Nitec is the largest Electroless Nickel plater in the UK and can provide deposits in high, medium and low phosphorous systems and nickel - PTFE. Nitec has some of the largest process tanks in Europe and regularly plates components up to 12m in length and weighing 20 tonne and with 5 plating lines; turnaround is very fast and flexible. Nitec holds ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 and has its own laboratory offering a wide range of testing including micro-section, hardness and phosphorus content.
Nitec also offers acid copper plating on large items.

Oil & Colour Coatings Association
The Oval, 14, West Walk, Leicester, LE1 7NA
Tel: 0116 257 5488. Fax: 0116 257 5499
Contact: Mr Keith Dobell, President
A technical and professional members association comprising individual, qualified persons employed in or associated with, the world-wide surface coatings industries.

New Members and transfers

Whelan, Michael- Dublin Institute of Technology

Bailie, Joe Amphenol Ltd
Byrne, David Lufthansa Technik
Monk, Phil Amphenol Ltd
Mirkin, Roy MP (Eastern) Ltd
O’Neill, Ryan Lufthansa Technik
Parris, Michael Amphenol Ltd
Woodhouse, Jason NMB-Minebea

Fellow (FIMF)
Hoodless, Roger BAE Systems
Jacobs, Richard South West Metal Finishing

Examination Results
Foundation Certificate – Distance Learning
Foster, Samuel # Marshall VE Ltd
Granger, Tom # Schloetter Co Ltd
Griffiths, Tony # Metafin Group Holdings
Nelson, Alex # Jaguar Land Rover
Osborne, Michael # Silchrome Plating Ltd
Peker. Nurthan * G E Aviation, Turkey
Attwood, Christopher Tewkesbury (Diamond Chrome)
Technician Module - Distance Learning

Principles of Electroplating
McDonnell, Richard # Harwin PLC
Solly, Matthew Eaton Aerospace Ltd

* Pass with Merit. # Pass with Distinction

Engineering Council Qualifications

The IMF has signed an agreement with the Society of Environmental Engineers for the regulation of our professional members for the Engineering Council qualifications of Engineering Technician, Incorporated Engineer and Chartered Engineer. The Engineering Council’s standard for these qualifications can be found at: ibrary/UK-SPEC.pdf

Further information on the application procedure will be available in the near future. To register an interest in this opportunity, contact David Meacham at Exeter House

One Day Seminar on Thermal Spray Coating Technology
21st May 2013 at Derby Conference Centre
It will include a tour of the Derby Facility Centre and demonstration of Robotic Shot Peening and Thermal Spray Coatings.
Closing date for registration: Wednesday 15th May
Free registration and more details at:

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