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IMFormation October 2014
Annual Christmas Event
Christmas Lectures, Institute Awards and Christmas Luncheon followed by the
General Meeting for the year July 2013 to June 2014.
Wednesday 3rd December 2014
Birmingham Medical Institute
36 Harborne Road, Edgbaston
Birmingham B15 3AF
Order of Events
10.30 Registration, Coffee & Biscuits
11.00 Presentation by Professor Denis Dowling, University of Dublin entitled:
Metal finishing using cold atmosphere plasma polymerised coatings.
Atmosphere plasmas have been widely used for the activation and cleaning of polymeric
materials prior to adhesive bonding. More recently these cold plasmas have been
successfully used to deposit plasma polymerised layers. These nm thick layers can be
deposited onto ceramic, metallic and polymer substrates. The chemistry of the deposited
layers can be tailored to produce surfaces which yield fully wetting (superhydrophilic), to
non wetting (superhydrophobic) properties. This presentation will introduce this plasma
processing technology and detail examples of its potential applications. These include the
deposition of anti-fouling coatings for use in ship engines, to coatings on carbon fibres used
in aerospace composites, to drug delivery control coatings on polymeric and metallic
medical device implants.
11.45 Presentation of the Institute’s Award
- Gold Medal
- Samuel Field Medal
- Hothersall Memorial Award
- Canning Bicentenary Medal
- Westinghouse Prize
- Connie Sieff Award
- Pexa Award
- Foundation Student Achievement
- Technician Student Achievement
- Eddie Marlow Memorial Medal
12.45 Christmas Luncheon
14.15 Annual General Meeting
15.30 Event Concludes
Environment, Health & Safety
UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
UNEP announce a new strategic partnership designed to
assist the Climate Technology Centre and Network
(CTCN) hosted by UNEP to improve access to climate
change mitigation and adaptation technologies in
developing countries. The Norwegian Government will
support the CTCN financially in 2015.
The CLP - classification, labelling and packaging
regulations are understood to be having a new ‘Owner’
which will take effect in June 2015.
The Dangerous Substances and the Dangerous
Preparations Directives are being replaced by the direct
acting EU CLP regulations. Both the existing regulations
under will be fully withdrawn and will no longer have any
legal effect. As a result the CHIP regulation will also be
Transitional arrangements are in place to help suppliers
make the move to the new system.
Have REACH and the EU gone crackers by the banning
the production of lavender oil?
Known as blue gold in southern France, the gentle lure
and sweet smell beloved by visitors from GB and
elsewhere appears to smell foul to the EU where REACH
has classified the essential oils made from it as a toxic
chemical and thus requires registration and authorisation
Nothing to do with surface finishing? – Wrong it has –
platinising of titanium anodes
Company News & Products
The company, part of Norman Hay plc, has launched a
new website and corporate identity to support the
company’s strategic vision for growth and expansion over
the next decade and beyond.
They have grown both organically and through
acquisition to offer a comprehensive range of surface
treatment processes to a wide range of industries both in
the UK and internationally.
The new website offers a clean, modern design, easy-tonavigate
functionally, and a content-rich site experience,
allowing the company to bring more than 60 years
technical knowledge together.
To view the new website go to:
Elga Process Water–Name Change
Having traded with the above name for over a decade with
Viola as a parent, the company now feels that is in a strong
position to re-brand as Viola Water technologies. This is
part of an overall re-branding of Viola Environment,
which will be known simply as Viola and represent the
business activities of water, waste and energy.
Viola Water Technologies covers the water cycle from
abstraction and treatment of water from potable supply
through high purity water for industry and healthcare to
Walsall Chemical Company Ltd
This company developed the Black Diamond NF blacking
solution for the Scandinavian market over 10 years ago,
and it is now exported all over Europe. It is a room
temperature process which is completely free of nickel.
Further information can be obtained from Jim McCartney
telephone: 01902 632 617 or by fax: 01902 635 089 or look
on the website: www.walsall-chemical.co.uk
Riley Surface World
From a site clearance from Parker Hannifin, Sweden -
Propal AB 3m, 28 stage anodising line with Teijo cleaning
system and effluent water treatment plant.
Further information from Helen Wilkinson, Tel: 01922
A particle and streak free drying process for all types of
materials have been perfected by Layton that meets the
rigorous submicron testing criteria for all types of products.
This is claimed to require a smaller footprint, is faster than
current methods, can eradicate the use of some other types
of materials and is less costly than some traditional methods.
For more information Tel +44 (0) 1782 370400 or via the
Fischer Instrumentation (GB) Ltd
The company, with its UK Headquarters in Lymington,
Hampshire, has increased its capacity with the
establishment during the summer of a purpose built
Applications Laboratory. This can be used for developing
measurement techniques and solutions using the latest
Fischer equipment for its broad customer base. Further,
it can be used for demonstrations and training.
To celebrate this development, they are opening its door
to an Open Day on 2nd October in order to show new
techniques and processes as well as new equipment.
Please contact Claire Cave Tel: 01590 684100 for further
details or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hart Materials Limited
Revised Nickel Sulphamate Manual
In 1990 Dr. Tony Hart’s company – then known as Hart
Coating Technology – published a Nickel Sulphamate
Working Manual giving practical details of procedures for
operating this nickel deposition process.
The publication was well received by industry and
distributed to companies in many parts of the industrial
world. The Manual is currently being revised to bring it up
to date with changes that have place in the last 24 years.
Tony, who is carrying out the revision comments, “This
has been a much bigger job than I had anticipated. There
have been a lot of changes in relation to nickel
sulphamate deposition since the original version was
published. Many of these related to environmental and
health and safety issues and the revised Manual covers
this situation in considerable detail.”
“As a consequence,” he continued, “the work has taken
longer than anticipated. However we are now reaching the
stage that publication is only a few weeks away.” The
manual will be published in electronic and printed form.
Further information regarding price or to reserve a copy
contact Hart Materials Limited at email@example.com.
New Professional Members
Hammond, Kirsty Indestructible Paint Ltd
Rathod, Anil Mahle Engine System
Dietrich, Mike Oerlikon Balzers Coating, Germany
Senior Members Meeting-September
This meeting was the best attended for some time.
The speaker was Dr. Peter Crouch on the subject
The Discovery of Stainless Steel.
Peter traced the work carried out during the 1700’s
into the1900’s where various combinations of iron,
chromium and nickel were tried and tested Where it was
used on well known installations around the world were
Many people believe that stainless steel is a basicsteel with
the addition of 8% nickel and 18% chromium – think
again! There are over 200 compositions with varying
amounts of chromium, nickel and other elements.
The audience gave Peter well deserved applause and
congratulations for an excellent presentation.
The subject of further presentations was discussed and
offers received from two the present audience, so watch
this space in early 2015.
Evolutions in Materials Finishing
Following the success of the Institute’s previous IMFair
and Transfair events, IMFair 2015 is scheduled for June
2015 at the popular and prestigious Heritage Motor centre
Previous events in this series focused on the Aerospace
and Transportation sectors. Reflecting the Institute’s
change from “Metal Finishing” to “Materials Finishing”,
the theme of IMFair 2015 will be more general and
inclusive in terms of materials and processes, and the
sectors in which these are applied. Therefore suitable
subjects can include:
• Novel, innovative or compliant coatings or the
treatments for metals, plastics, ceramics, fabrics,
natural products, etc or composites based on these.
• Surface preparation processes.
• Materials application techniques.
• Advances in testing for quality and performance.
Sectors for their use can include:
Aerospace, Defence, Transportation, Architectural,
Hardware, Medical, Off-shore and any other industrial
activity where materials finishing techniques are adding
value in terms of decoration, function and durability
within the regulatory framework of materials and energy
Papers are invited from all interested parties in academia,
consulting and industry.
Offers of presentations should have title and a 100 to 150
word synopsis and should be sent Helen Wood at Exeter
House marked IMFair.
KYPOL ELECTROPLATING LTD
The company requires a Manager for the day to day duties in
their electroplating department, based in Sandy
Bedfordshire. Salary will be dependent on experience, and we
will consider costs of relocation. The company is an
expanding business looking for key personnel to take it
forward. Please send CV to Kushi Kypoor at:-
Kypol Electroplating Ltd
55 Gosforth Close
Middlefield Industrial Estate
Sandy Bedfordshire SG 1RB
More information see website: www.kypol.co.uk
INFLIGHT ENGINEERING SERVICES LIMITED
Treatments Manager required for a busy and expanding
aerospace company based in Chelmsford.
Minimum requirements for this position are:
* Management/supervisory experience in a surface
* Hands on approach a must
* Ability to schedule work in a fast moving environment
* Ability to deal with a high volume turnover
* Meeting tight customer deadlines
* Develop and increase profitability
* Customer focused
* An experienced NDT level 2 would be a distinct advantage
A competitive salary package is offered for the right person.
In the first instance please forward CV to
There was a printing error in the August edition of
IMFormation. On page 2 under the Chestech article an
extra line had been inserted which has nothing to do with
We apologise to Chestech Ltd and Indestructible Paint Ltd
on behalf of the printer.