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MFASC 'Bright Design' Event is Dec. 9

3. December 2014


Bryan Leiker (right) and Alan Olick (left) with instructors from the Art Center of Design.


The Metal Finishing Association of Southern California's West Coast Bright Design Challenge will hold their annual judging of the students from the Art Center of Design in Pasadena on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at the school.


Students from the college are asked to think beyond traditional design theory and bring out there very best creative spirit in developing "next generation" creative and engineering solutions incorporating various types of surface finishing coatings. About $15,000 in scholarships are awarded each year to students who present the best product using surface finishing techniques.


About 15 students from the Art Center of Design toured K&L Anodizing and General/Brite Plating in September to get a look at what it takes to anodize and plate metal components. After the tour,  K&L Anodizing's Bryan Leiker and General/Brite Plating's Alan Olick taught a class for four hours on the basics of anodizing and plating. The students over the past three months have been working on projects leading up to the final class on December 9, and at that time $15,000 will be awarded to the three winners, $5,000 each.


The students listening to Leiker and Olick at K&L Anodizing.


“After five years of being involved in this program, I continue to be amazed at how fast the students  learn the surface finishing processes,” said Leiker,  MFASC president and K&L Anodizing president. “The students are very involved and seem to love this program especial having the ability to work directly with finishing shops. For many of the students they continue to work on their projects long after the class has ended.”


The sponsors for this project so far MFASC, NASF, K&L Anodizing, General Brite Plating, Uyemura, EME Plating, Miles Chemical and Ronatec.








First Deburring Expo is Oct. 2015 in Germany

3. December 2014


More and more complex component geometries, ever stricter requirements for quality and precision and new materials are placing greater demands on manufacturing technologies in all industries. As a result, deburring and polishing processes are gaining significance. DeburringEXPO will now provide these qualitatively decisive manufacturing steps with their own platform. The trade fair for deburring and polishing technology will held for the first time at the Karlsruhe Exhibition Centre by fairXperts from October 13-15, 2015.


Regardless of whether the respective parts are made of metal or plastic – more or less pronounced burrs occur in nearly all manufacturing processes. Due to the fact that, on the one hand, these unwanted “production remnants” impair further processing of the component as well as its quality and function, and on the other hand result in the risk of possible injury, they must be removed. Ever stricter requirements for deburring quality and process reliability have to be fulfilled in this respect. At the same time, increasing cost pressure in global competition is making it necessary to use more and more economical deburring processes.


“The production steps involving deburring and polishing have gained tremendous amounts of significance in recent years. They represent a sizable cost factor for today’s manufacturing companies,” said Hartmut Herdin, managing director of fairXperts GmbH & Co. KG.


The programme offered by DeburringEXPO will be rounded out with an integrated expert forum at which visitors will be provided with information and knowledge about innovative deburring and polishing technologies, practical examples and benchmark solutions, how to avoid costs resulting from errors and how functional reliability can be achieved while maintaining uniformly high levels of quality.

Further information is available at

Bonnell Aluminum to Expand Its Anodizing Capacity

1. December 2014


Bonnell Aluminum, a subsidiary of Tredegar Corporation, has announced its plans to expand and upgrade its anodizing capacity to serve the commercial-architectural construction market.


In response to increased demand for anodizing products, the company expects to invest approximately $5 million to expand and modernize the anodizing line at its Carthage, Tennessee facility. The company anticipates that the upgraded line, which is planned to be fully operational in the second quarter of 2015, will increase the plant’s anodizing capacity by an additional thirty-five percent.


“Not only will we increase capacity to better service our customers’ anodizing requirements, but the upgrade in equipment will further enhance our quality and consistency,” said Ira Endres, Vice President Sales and Marketing.


“Our 2012 acquisition of AACOA increased our expertise in the field of anodizing, particularly in terms of processes and technology,” added Brook Hamilton, President of Bonnell Aluminum. “This project will benefit from our added knowledge and will raise the bar for anodizing quality and consistency in the commercial-architectural construction market.”


Bonnell Aluminum is a subsidiary of Richmond, VA, based Tredegar Corporation. The company produces soft and medium-strength alloy aluminum extrusions for nonresidential building and construction, automotive and specialty markets.

Uyemura Launches New Electrolytic Nickel Technology

24. November 2014



Uyemura has introduced two new high-speed electrolytes for the electrodeposition of nickel phosphorus.


Umicore Niphos 967 and 968 represent significant technology advancements - and important new options - for companies who currently plate electroless nickel, as well as companies seeking a bright, RoHS compliant finish with corrosion properties equal to electroless nickel, at a very competitive cost.   


Niphos 967/968 electrolytic nickel (also referred to as “metallic glass” due to an amorphous structure) accommodates up to 13 percent phosphorus, a distinctive trait which translates to very high hardenability.  Specifically, when parts are heat treated at 400oC for 30 minutes, Vickers hardness rises from 600 to over 1200.  Niphos also contributes lubricity, substantially enhances corrosion and abrasion resistance, and is diagmagnetic.


Like other electrolytic baths, Niphos 967 and 968  are virtually unlimited in terms of metal turnover.  Baths have no fixed life, and can last for years, because electrolytic plating does not spawn contaminant by-products.  As a result, waste treatment burdens for Niphos electrolytic nickel processing are low - as is the cost of energy, thanks to a relatively low operating temperature.


Operational flexibility also favors these electrolytic nickel options: phosphorus concentration can be simply dialed-in – with no permanent effect .  As the current is modified, the phosphorus moves along with it – without changing the chemistry.  Niphos 967/968 will also plate a gradient phosphorus content if two separate phos layers are needed on the same component.   


One additional factor of interest to plating shops is the ability to run Niphos electrolytic nickel in sequence with standard electrolytic nickel.  By adding nickel phosphorus to an existing electrolytic nickel-gold line, the former becomes an easy, drop-in process.  Having one line process both chemistries, while eliminating the un-racking and re-racking operation associated with electroless nickel, is a major cost benefit for shops that currently run electrolytic nickel gold processes.    


Niphos 967, which is specified for rack and barrel processing, is ideally suited for the plating of connectors and other high frequency electronic parts.  Niphos 968, which is used for barrel plating, is well suited for use on piston rods, shock absorbers, and other products with a relatively simple shape.  


For more details, or to arrange test processing, contact Uyemura International Corporation at 860-793-4011, or visit

John Gilbert Receives Award at NE Surface Finishing Regional

19. November 2014


John Gilbert (right) of Gilbert and Jones received an outstanding service award for at the New England Surface Finishing Regional Conference, held Nov. 7 in Cape Cod in Hyannis, Massachusetts.


Gilbert has over 23 years working in sales with his brother, George, in the metal finishing and the chemical distribution business. Over time John has been active with the AESF, NAMF of New England serving as President and playing an active role on the Board of Directors. In June 2009 in Louisville, Kentucky John received the Presidential Award for the National NASF in recognition of his exemplary Service and Visionary effort at the National level.


John is currently serving as Vice President of the Chemical Club of New England. John is passionate about serving his customers and has brought a whole new meaning to the term "customer service". He lives in Salem, Connecticut with his wife Diane and daughter Paige. In his spare time he's riding the iron horses with his brothers, working on one of his tractors or volunteering for one of the non-profit organizations in the town of Salem.


Established in 1991 as a privately owned company, Gilbert & Jones is located in New Britain, Connecticut.

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