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IMFormation October 2012

Presentation of the Institute Awards,
Invitation Lectures and Christmas Luncheon
followed by the Annual General Meeting

Wednesday 5th December 2012
Birmingham Medical Institute 36, Harborne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 3AF

Order of the Day
10.30 Coffee & Biscuits
11.00 Invitation Lectures
Presentation of the Institute Awards
Hothersall Memorial Medal
Samuel Field Medal
Westinghouse Prize – sponsored by Riley Industries
Canning Bi-Centenary Medal
Connie Sieff Memorial
Eddie Marlow Memorial Medal Examination High Achievement Prizes
12.45 Christmas Luncheon
14.15 Annual General Meeting

1. To approve the minutes of the Annual General Meeting held 7 December 2011
2. To receive the Report of the Management Board for the year ended 30 June 2012
3. To receive and adopt the Statement of Accounts for the year ended 30 June 2012
4. To approve the Officers
5. Election and appointment of Management Board Representatives for 2012/13
6. To appoint an Auditor for the 2012/13 session
7. Approve changes to Articles of Association
8. Presentation for the case for changing the name of the Institute, its scope of activity and adoption of the name change.
9. Any other business
Event concludes
***** If attending have you advised Exeter House of your choice of main course for lunch !

Health, Safety & Environment

Defra have published a document entitled 'Guidance to the legal definition of waste and its application -a practical guide for businesses and other organisations'.
It was published in August 2012 and gives the definition of wastes.
The document is Crown copyright but can be viewed from

ECHA have announced the inclusion of 10 substances in Annex IV of the REACH directive.
I. formaldehyde, oligomeric reaction products with aniline (technical MDA)
2. arsenic acid
3. dichromium tris(chromate)
4. strontium chromate
5. potassium hydroxyoctaoxodizincatedichromate
6. pentazinc chromate octahydroxide
7. bis(2-methoxyethyl) ethel (diglyme)
8. N,N - dimethylacetamide (DMAC)
9. 1,2 -dichloroethane (EDC)
10.2,2'-dichoro-4,4' -methylenedianiline (MOCA)

Health & Safety Executive

HSE is warning the Waste and Recycling Industry to renew efforts to improve worker safety, following a spate of deaths over the summer. Nine lives were lost in separate incidents in just 12 weeks between June 2012 and September 2012. Half of the deaths occurred in skip hire and waste transfer prerruses.
Heather Bryant, HSE's Operations Director and lead for HSE's waste and recycling strategy unit, said "These fatal accidents should be a stark reminder for all employers in this section to check their controls on the use of vehicles and equipment to make sure that staff are properly trained and supervised".
"We will not hesitate to take action if we find evidence that lives are being put at risk. There is no room for complacency in this sector - close attention must be given to equipment like compactors and skip vehicles."

Company News & Products

Indestructible Paint Limited Specialist Coating Manufacturer
Chemical Resistant Ink-now available in a Pen Indestructible Paint has now expanded its product range by placing chemical resistant ink in a new marker pen. Containing PL258 chemical resistant endorsing ink the pen can be used for marking castings and aero engine components. The ink was designed to be non corrosive at room and elevated temperatures and is designed not to give stress corrosion at temperatures up to 7000 C on nimonic 75.
Easily removed with trichloroethylene or methylated spirit, the ink can also be applied to silicone rubber, though with reduced permanence.
For more information, please contact Kirsty Hammond at Indestructible on Tel: 01217021500

Rectifier Technologies (UK) Ltd
Rectifier Technologies, a leading designer and manufacturer of Power Supplies utilising Switch Mode technology has released rectifiers for: Anodising/Electroplating
The very high efficiency of this type of technology proves to be a great advantage, due to the amount of energy required for the electroplating process thus requiring lower input cable/supply and reduced running costs (power savings) over the equipment design life.
This technology is relatively new in the electroplating environment but it has been well proven over 30 years in other DC Power Conversion areas, specifically Telecommunication and more recently Offshore Oil/Gas markets, and Current Cathodic Protection (lCCP) Power Supply markets.
The EP Power Supply is a Switched Mode Supply system designed provide up to 350 amps (voltage limited to 48V) and up to 60 volts DC. The input is 3-Phase plus neutral with efficiency greater than 90% and power factor better than 98% at 45 -66 Hz and ripple less than 1%.
For further technical details i.e. amperage, voltages, limitations etc please view: or email:

IMF News

New members & transfers

Allcock, Matthew Twickenham Plating Group
Croxford, William Metafin Group Holding Ltd
Foster, Samuel Marshall Vehicle Eng
Gillingham, Danny EV2 Technologies
Granger, Tom Schloetter Company Ltd
Griffiths, TonyMetafin Group Holding Ltd
Master, Naeem MacDermid plc
Nelson, Alex Jaguar Land Rover
Peker, Nurhan GE Aviation, Turkey
Associate (AssocIMF)
Cotton, Edward Morgan Ceramics Ltd

Examination Results
Foundation Certificate - Distance Learning

June 2012
Cotton, Edward # Morgan Ceramics Ltd
Donnan, Russell Surface Technology plc
Gilmour, Craig Deutsch UK
Griffiths, Brent * MP (Eastern) Ltd
Janczewski, Simon* Royal Mint
Lewis, James Twickenham Plating Ltd
Keeble. Daniel * Tech-Ni-Plant Ltd
Merritt, Lee Mettis Aerospace
Nickerson, Mark * MP (Eastern) Ltd
O’Neill, Richard * Mettis Aerospace
Paterson, Charles # Acorn Surface Technology
Sinclair, Arron Acorn Surface Technology
Skingsley, Ian Tech-Ni-Plant Ltd
Tranca, Eugnia * Twickenham Plating Ltd
Webster, Shael Interplex PMP Ltd
Tutored Courses held at Seagate
Principles of Electroplating Module
Baldrick, William * Crumley, Martin *
Gillespie, Stephen # Greene, Julie *
Lincoln, Robin # Lynch, Jonathan #
McCarney, Colin * McCaul, Ciaran *
McClean, Sean McGlinchey, Kevin #
McLaughlin, Michael Pollock, Alastair
Rankin, Clare # Sweeney, Paul *
Electroplating Practice Module
Baldrick, William Lincoln, Robin *
Lynch, Jonathan McCarney, Colin
McCaul, Ciaran McGlinchey, Kevin
McLaughlin, Michael Pollock, Alastair
Rankin, Clare * Sweeney, Paul

The above 10 students who passed both the Principles of Electroplating module and the Electroplating Practice module have also been awarded the Technician Certificate with the appropriate merit where applicable.

Overseas success – Egypt
Electroplating Practice Distance Learning Module
Samieh, Hossam Ahmed # Kohler Egypt (SIFE) Having previously been awarded a distinction after studying Principles of Electroplating the student has also been awarded a Technician Certificate
* Pass with Merit # Pass with Distinction

New Sustaining Member Companies

Martec Ltd
St Augustines Business Park
Swalecliffe, Kent CT5 2QJ
Tel: 01227 793733
Fax: 01227 793735
Martec are designers and manufacturers of glass to metal seals and have in-house capability to plate gold, nickel, copper and tin. For further details please see website

Banner Chemicals Group Ltd
Hampton Court, Tudor Road
Manor Park, Runcorn
Cheshire WA7 1TU
Tel: 01928 597000, Fax 01928 597001
Banner Chemicals Group UK specialise in cleaning and degreasing. The range includes many aerospace approvals and includes chlorinated, brominated, fluorinated and hydrocarbon solvents and water based detergents.

Paint Services Group
Weydown Road, Haslemere
Surrey GU27 1BT
Tel: 01428 651246, Fax: 01428 661471
PSG is a large independent supplier of aerospace, defence and specialist coatings in Europe and a major distributor of pre-treatment chemicals and paintshop ancillary products.

Silchrome Plating Ltd
Barras Garth Road
Leeds LS12 4JW
Tel: 0113 263 7808, Fax: 0113 263 2382

Website: Silchrome Plating supplies a comprehensive range of finishes – full details are on our website. ISO9001:2008 and ISO14001:2004 approved services include chromium, nickel, zinc, copper, silver and other processes.

Sheffield & North East Branch

The Annual Dinner and Dance
will be held on the 16th March 2013 at the Thorpe Park Hotel and Spa Leeds
Further information from John Torr Tel 07766655401 or email:

Southern Branch

Mini Symposium and Electroplating Faculty Tour
Wednesday 7th November 2012
Commencing at 5.00 pm
Subject – Business Update
Venue ITT Corporation Solution
Jays Close, Viables Industrial Estate
Basingstoke RG22 4BA
Further details – Clive Arnold Tel:02392 226128

Out and About

Engineering Design Show
19-11 October 2012, Ricoh Arena Coventry

Advanced Engineering UK 2012 including: Aero Engineering; The Composite Engineering Show; Automotive Engineering; UK Plastic Electronic Show.
7-8 November 2012, NEC Birmingham

Surface India 2012
1-2 December India Expo Centre, Delhi

ASTEC 2013
January 30 - February 1, Tokyo International
Center, Koto-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

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