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IMFormation August 2007

Important Institute Events for your Diary

Thursday 4 October 2007
Nickel Exposure Symposium & Tabletop Exhibition
Venue: Birmingham Medical Institute
‘Guidance for the Surface Finishing Industry on
controlling exposure to Nickel and Nickel Compounds’

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Tuesday 9 October 2007
REACH Symposium & Tabletop Exhibition
Venue: Birmingham Medical Institute
‘REACH - how will the EC regulatory framework for chemicals affect the
Surface Finishing Industries - both Suppliers & Users of chemicals

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Friday 30 November 2007
Lectures, Investiture of New President and Christmas Luncheon
followed by Presidential Address, Annual General Meeting
and the presentation of Institute awards
Hothersall Memorial Lecture by Hans Lewerenz
(Hahn-Meitner - Institut, Berlin GmbH)

Electrodeposition on (Photo) Electrochemically
prepared Nanostructures on Silicon

Invitation Lecture by Denis Dowling (University College Dublin)
Metal Finishing - enhanced performance achieved
through plasma processing

New President Address by Sam Briggs
Innovation Moves Forward (towards 2025 or we die)

All of the above events will be held at the
Birmingham Medical Institute, Harborne Road, Edgbaston
Birmingham B15 3AF

To ensure that you receive a brochure or to reserve your place contact Exeter House NOW.

Health, Safety and Environment

Envirowise - water price increases Businesses should examine their water usage to offset the 1 April 2007 price increases, by turning for free support to Envirowise as part of the ‘Big Splash’ initiative. Since its launch in 2004, over £11 million have saved by some 300 organisations. Information on the big splash can be obtained from:

HSE – Web watch
Stay up to date with the latest news and updates from the HSE:
• Online tools and services;
• Priced and free publications;
• Changes to health and safety legislation;
• Campaigns and events;
• Opportunities to have your say.

New RIDDOR website
The new RIDDOR website combines all the advice and information you need, making it simple to report a workplace accident:
• Downloadable report forms and important telephone numbers;
• A choice of simple or detailed explanations of your legal duties;
• Guidance on reporting incidents.

Legionnaires’ disease website
This HSE website provides practical help including:
• Simple guide to the disease and environments where it can be found;
• Guide to symptoms and treatments;
• Lessons learned report about an outbreak in 2002

Waste criminals face quick penalty
Under new powers invested in the Environment Agency, firms found carrying waste illegally could be hit with a £300 on the spot fine.
Officials can now issue fixed penalty notices to companies that have not registered.

D-Day for non-hazardous landfill waste
Waste producers need to mark the date of 30 October 2007 on their calendar. Non-hazardous waste must be treated before it can be sent to landfill and liquid nonhazardous waste will be banned completely. These stem from the Landfill Directive, which aims to reduce reliance on landfill as a waste management option and minimise the environmental impact of landfill sites. Now is good time for waste producers to review how they do this, including whether it needs to be produced at all – and whether what they do produce needs to be sent to landfill.
Guidance, briefing notes and fact sheets to help businesses know what they are doing, are available from the Environment Agency via their website at:

In Court today
A persistent fly-tipper has been sent to prison for 16 months for illegally dumping truckloads of rubbish at beauty spots throughout Devon.
A waste management company and its MD have been fined more than £62,000, after pleading guilty to keeping and transferring potentially harmful skip waste without a licence, at Newbury Magistrates Court
For failing in its environmental duty to recycle cardboard and polystyrene packaging, a seafood company from Grimsby was fined £10,500 and £13.94 Environment Agency costs

Company News and Products

Schloetter Company Ltd
Schloetter are pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Gould to the position of Paint Development Chemist, as part of their team at Pershore. Andrew brings a wealth of experience in the coating formulation field having previously worked for two coating manufacturing companies

Stowlin Croftshaw
Vaposol AMC is a non-flammable formulation, with no components classified with the prohibited risk phrases R45, R60 or R63, designed specifically for vapour degreasing. It can be used in vapour, vapour/ liquid and ultrasonic degreasing plants with minor modification to reduce heating controls to operate at the required temperature of 42°C.
Further information or to request a free brochure tel: 0116 278 5373

Guyson International
Call Guyson for a free 8 page Finishing Guide which gives information on the range of blast finishing, spray washing and ultrasonic cleaning equipment available, Also on offer a free component sample evaluation along with assistance to select the most appropriate system to your budget.
Brochure available:

Surface Technology plc
The Armourcote division and hydraulics component manufacturer Sun Hydraulics have developed a new multi-layer anti-corrosion and anti-wear surface coating – TriCem 3800 specifically to protect vital hydraulic components in the ‘Pelamic’ wave power generation system. Described as ‘the next generation in black metal finishing technology’, TriCem 3800 has a smooth glossy black surface, lubricious and hydrophobic, giving 2000 hours’ salt spray resistance to white corrosion and a film thickness of less than 20 micron. Further details contact Andrew Courtney on 024 7655 1401 or E-mail

Dürr Ecoclean. Filderstadt
A new range of tunnel washing systems from Durr is now available from Geo Kingbury of Gosport under a sole agreement with the German manufacturer. Called EcoBelt the machines use either a belt or chain conveyer to transport components through various cleaning and degreasing processes. For further details contact Richard Kingsbury tel: 02392 580371 or E-mail:

IMF News

Irish member receives prestigious award
Fred Andrews, Vice Chair of the Irish Branch has been presented with award of ‘Northern Ireland Science and Engineering Ambassador of year’ at the Seagate Young Innovators event held in Belfast. The presentation was made in recognition of Fred’s many years service to Sentinus, the organisers of the event, who are one of the largest providers of business and education activity in the United Kingdom.

‘Retired’ Member Group
At the conclusion of the first meeting of this group it was agreed that the next meeting would be held on Wednesday 26 September 2007 at Exeter House. The format will be similar to the first meeting commencing with a buffet lunch at 12.30, followed by a light-hearted presentation by Peter Farr entitled ‘Sherard and the Captain’. A Victorian Tragedy Please advise Exeter House of your intention to be present.

Recent Examination Results

Foundation Course - Poetons Industries
Cummins, Carl # Davies, Scott
Devine, Michael # Duncan, Melvin #
Ekless, Philip * Haggett, Anthony #
Kirby, Mark * Rich, Daniel
Workman, Laurie

Technician Course - South West M.F.
Canhye-Smith, Christian * Hoffman, Dagmara

Distance Learning Modules
Busby, Nigel * Daido Industrial Bearings
Durnin, Paul * S.R.Technics
Fitzpatrick, Charles # S.R.Technics
Hare, Mark * BAE Systems
Mayhew, Phillip * Alan Technologies
Porter, Mark * S.R.Technics
Quilter, Christopher * Brita Finish
Tratt, Carolyn # Daido Industrial Bearings

General Principles
Hillis, Maurice Kohler Mira Ltd
Lindores, GaryLangford Lodge

Plating Practice
Smyth, Philip * Langford Lodge
(also awarded Technician Certificate with merit)

Surface Coatings
Bell, Nigel Langford Lodge
* pass with merit # pass with distinction

New Members and Transfers

Talal Al-Gohani King Saud Uni. Saudi Arabia

Kenneth Adamson )
Neil Cornwall ) BAe Syatems
John Kerr )
Steart McLeod )
James Hope )
John Latham ) Tecan Ltd
Joe Pheby)
Richard Bennett ) Schloetter Co.Ltd
Kevin Andrews )
Amanda Bunting ) Icon Live
Caroline Fotheringham )
Philip Holman )
Chris Matthews )
Percy Matthews ) Deutsch UK
Matthew Percy)
Stephen Payne )
Eric Poulter )
Gary Bishop Dorsetware Ltd
Philip Broomhead AWE
Emily Gower Harwin PLC
Stephen Jenkins Royal Mint
Martin Smith Jay Jay Sur.Finishers
David Spinks N-coat 70 Project
Ursula Thompson CSMA
Tony Van Der Spuy South Africa MFA

New Sustaining Members

Goodrich Actuation Systems
Stafford Road,Wolverhampton WV10 7EH
Tel: 01902 624644, Fax 01902 624673

Goodrich Actuation Systems are a supplier of flight control systems to the world’s aircraft industry. The Wolverhampton site has an electroplating department with extensive capacity in aircraft coatings.

Goodrich Engine Control Systems
Shaftmoor Lane, Hall Green
Birmingham B28 8SW
Tel: 0121 708 5831, Fax: 0121 707 8826

Goodrich Engine Control Systems is the world’s leading independent engine control supplier. Its wide range of applications includes civil engines, large and small helicopters and all forms of military aircraft.

Singapore Surface Finishing Society
c/o 190 Middle Road, # 19-05 Fortune Centre
Singapore 188979
Tel: 0065 6826333, Fax:0065 68263373

The Society was founded in 1981 with the mission to promote the development of the local electroplating industry and renamed the Singapore Surface Finishing Society (SSFS) in 1992. In 1994, PCB manufacturing became an integral part of our activity and companies admitted as members. The Society represents the interests of some 100 companies in the surface finishing community. To meet members’ needs, the Society organises a wide spectrum of activities every year, including specialised courses, conferences, seminars and dialogues with government agencies to overseas business missions. The Society is currently a member of the IUSF, has a Memorandum of Understanding with the Association of Electronics Industries in Singapore and is an Association Member of the Singapore Manufacturers Federation (Sam)

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