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NASF Technical Advisory Committee Seeks Sur/Fin Papers

31. October 2014



The National Association for Surface Finishing’s (NASF) Technical Advisory Committee is now seeking industry experts to present on innovative topics for SUR/FIN 2015, scheduled for June 8-10 in Rosemont, Illinois. Abstract submissions for the June 2015 conference are due November 18, 2014.


SUR/FIN is the nation’s premier manufacturing and technology conferences for the industrial finishing industry.  Influential engineers, academics and business leaders from around the world are invited to present on emerging technologies and processes set to revolutionize surface technology.


The SUR/FIN 2015 Conference is themed “The Future of Surface Technology,” and will feature 14 sessions representing pertinent industry topics, such as:


  • Advances in Surface Finishing Technology & Processes: Advanced plating,  finishing and databases
  • Regulatory Issues: REACH, air emissions, EPA and OSHA requirements, meeting GHS and SDS requirements
  • Electronics Coatings for circuit boards, semi-conductors and chips, pattern and selective plating
  • Aerospace & Defense: Inorganic and organic coatings, including Cd and Cr alternatives
  • Automotive Coatings: Functional and decorative
  • Light Materials Finishing: Anodizing, sealing, cleaning and dimensional restoration
  • Monitoring, Predicting and Testing Coating Performance:  Computational methods, modeling, galvanic incompatibility, fast tool, rack and process development
  • Additive Manufacturing and Finishing:  Coatings and manufacturing technology for 3D laser, direct metal and powder metallurgically formed parts
  • Fastener Finishing:  Coatings for torque, wear and corrosion applications
  • Best Practices: Process efficiency, modelling methods, computational methods and reshoring

This is an excellent opportunity for surface technology experts to showcase their knowledge, align with fellow industry influencers and network with a powerful line-up of prominent corporate officials from the world’s top plating and finishing companies.


Interested speakers must submit their abstracts to NASF by November 18, 2014. Complete submission details are available at


Due to the volume of submissions, the NASF Technical Advisory Committee will begin reviewing abstracts immediately and may be unable to accept late submissions. Priority will be given to early submissions. Accepted speakers will receive complimentary full conference admission to SUR/FIN 2015, as well as full promotion of their presentation.


For complete SUR/FIN 2015 Conference details, visit

After 60 years, Mary Lou Davis Is Finally 'Finished'

31. October 2014



After nearly 60 years of helpful service to surface finishing customers, MaryLou Davis from Plating Specialists in Greater Cincinnati retired effective October 31.


Davis started her career in the finishing industry in 1955 when she went to work for Bill Young and Company, where she worked until the company closed in 1987. She worked for other finishing companies before going to work for Plating Specialists, where she has been for the past 23 years.


"Mary Lou dedicated 23 years to helping us grow our business into what we are today," said Plating Specialists President Robert Greene. "We will miss her endearing smile, her quiet way of teaching those of us behind her and her true sense of friendship here in the office.  She is someone who cannot be replicated. A true gem."


Plating Specialists is having a company-wide dinner in her honor on November 5.

Ransohoff Open House Displays Latest Cleaning Technology

29. October 2014



Parts cleaning equipment maker Ransohoff, a division of Cleaning Technologies Group, held an open house at their Cincinnati facility to celebrate Manufacturing Day on October 3.


Barney Bosse, CEO of Cleaning Technologies Group, led a presentation for visitors on the history of the company and the other divisions, which include Blackstone-NEY Ultrasonics and CTG Asia.


Ransohoff has over 90 years of experience in aqueous cleaning technology with an installed base of over 15,000 parts washing machines worldwide. Ransohoff is a leading manufacturer of aqueous and solvent based parts cleaning systems including spray, immersion and ultrasonics in both standard and custom designs, as well as a complete line of recyclable aqueous chemistries and waste minimization technologies.


Bosse explained CTG’s recent 2014 awards, which included being named a “Best Place to Work” by Cincy Magazine and the Crystal Award In Innovation Excellence from the State of Ohio.


Watch the video below to get a brief glimpse into Ransohoff’s Manufacturing Day event.




Reliable Plating Works Celebrating 85 Years

24. October 2014



Reliable Plating Works in Milwaukee is celebrating 85 years in business. The company is owned by the Maliszewski family and was started by Julian Maliszewski in 1929.


Company president Jaime Maliszewski recently shared some historical notes about the company:



We want to thank all of our customers, supplier and employees for making this possible.

Here are a few of the history highlights:


  • --The upgraded versions of the Fort Howard paper products which we plated back in 1929 are still being plated currently! Even though the original Fort Howard Company has changed names several times over the past 85 years, they have never changed their Plater.
  • --This can also be said for our work with Broan Mfg. (now Broan Nutone) as they have been incorporated since 1935 and RPW is their ONLY continuous supplier over all those years (plus the years prior when they were building heaters out of an old garage).
  • --Jose Lopez is our longest term (non-family) employee with 35 years of service, Jose started at RPW when he was 17 years old and is now Plant Manager of RPW’s Elite Finishing division.
  • --Tom “Tucker” Gulland is our second longest term (non-family) employee with 32 years of service, he also started at the age of 17 and is now the Asst. Plant Manager of RPW.
  • --Crown Metal Company, Inc. has been making Lead Anodes for RPW since the 30’s and the same family is in ownership now. The grandson of the owner that sold to our Grandfather, Julian, is now selling to Julian's grandchildren. You have to love small family businesses that last this long. Eighty years of two family businesses working together - that’s amazing!
  • --An-Kor Rack Company, Inc. has been making our fixtures since the late 40’s. They changed ownership in the 90’s but several of the workers remained and continue to make our racks to this day. Seventy years of loyalty. Awesome!


Thanks again to all that have allowed RPW/Elite to service our customer for over 85 years!



Bill Wiggins Awarded CA Metal Finishers Lifetime Achievement Award

22. October 2014

MFASC Board President Bryan Leiker; NASF Board President Rick Delawder; Lifetime Achievement Recipient Bill Wiggins and his wife Marilyn Wiggins; Jeff Hannapel, NASF; and NASF Board Vice President Erik Weyls.


The Metal Finishing Associations of Southern California (MFASC) and Northern California (MFANC), chapters of the National Association for Surface Finishers (NASF), honored former Burbank Mayor and owner of Glendale-based Automation Plating Corporation, Bill Wiggins, with the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award during their annual Fall Outing on October 11.


Hosted by the MFASC and MFANC, this is the seventh year the two California chapters have held their Annual Fall Outing. Attracting nearly one hundred leaders from state and national surface finishing organizations, the event includes three days of board meetings, valuable networking opportunities and recognition. This year’s outing was held at Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes.


During their annual awards banquet on Saturday evening, the MFASC presented the coveted Lifetime Achievement award to Bill Wiggins, owner of Automation Plating Corporation and former mayor of Burbank, California. A respected leader throughout the surface finishing industry, the Lifetime Achievement award commemorates Mr. Wiggins’ generous service, valuable assistance and outstanding contributions to the status and advancement of the surface and metal finishing industries.


“Regardless of how much time was spent or sacrifices were made in contribution to the association,” Mr. Wiggins said, “it has all been more than worthwhile. I have received 5 times that back in friendship, education and fellowship, for which I am truly grateful.”


Throughout his career, Mr. Wiggins actively served as an MFASC board member for forty years in addition to taking a leadership role at the national level for NASF. As the organizations move toward significant expansion of their programs over the next several years, Mr. Wiggin’s positive impact on their development is proving truly invaluable.

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