June 10-12, 2013
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

5555 N. River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018
Tel: 847-692-2220


With a record pace of exhibit space sales, NASF’s SUR/FIN 2013 Manufacturing/Technology Tradeshow & Conference continues to outpace last year’s exhibit space reservations. The event will be held from June 10-12, 2013 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.



Celebrating its ninety-fifth year in 2013, SUR/FIN 2013 received a strong start in exhibit sales due to the success of its 2012 conference in Las Vegas.  The popularity of the Midwest location and advantages of exhibiting in Rosemont, IL have also been considered a chief driver in the surge of exhibit space currently under contract.  “We’re receiving space applications and inquiries on a daily basis.” states Waasy Boddison of American Plating Power, Conference Chair for 2013. “Rosemont offers substantial cost savings over Chicago that is available for exhibitors and visitors.  That, combined with the considerable logistical advantage of sitting directly next to O’Hare International Airport, places Rosemont in the sweet spot for delivering the highest value to exhibitors.”


Conference officials fully expect the 2013 conference to outperform last year’s event in both size and attendance due to the ever strengthening popularity of its technical sessions and increased global attendance.


SUR/FIN 2013 floor space is over 90% filled and companies are encouraged to contact NASF quickly to obtain remaining space.   Detailed conference and tradeshow information may be obtained at, by e-mailing, or contacting Cheryl Clark at 302.436.5616.


About NASF

The National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) represents the interests of businesses, technologists and professionals in the surface coatings industry. Its highly regarded programs and activities are focused on advancing an environmentally and economically sustainable future for the industry while promoting the vital role of surface technology in the global manufacturing value chain.  Further information on the association may be obtained by contacting Phil Assante, Member Relations at (703) 887-7235.




Keynote Speaker Announced

Jim Blass of Caterpillar to present Tuesday

National Association for Surface Finishing officials have announced J.R. (Jim) Blass, Director for Product Validation and Global Technology for Caterpillar, as a Keynote Speaker for the 2013 NASF SUR/FIN Manufacturing & Technology Tradeshow & Conference.

"Based on NASF's Surface Technology Initiative, SUR/FIN conference officials felt it would be an ideal time to focus on the associations' efforts toward advancing a sustainable future for the surface finishing industry by presenting companies who have successfully met this challenge. We're pleased to have him join us and welcome him to our conference," stated NASF President, Rick Delawder.

Mr. Blass is responsible for Global Product Validation including vehicle, engine, drivetrain, sound, dynamic, structural, and certifications. Additional responsibilities include oversight of the company's product proving grounds, engines development testing, and component development testing and manufacturing and metrology development.


Schedule Of Events

Monday, June 10

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM AESF Foundation: Electroplating & Surface Finishing Part 1
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8:00 AM – 5:00 PM AESF Foundation: Aluminum Finishing
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1:00 PM – 2:15 PM Economic Update, Dr. Ken Mayland
2:15 PM – 3:00 PM Blum Award, Dr. Hideyuki Kanematsu, Suzuka Nat Coll of Tech
3:15 PM – 3:45 PM Global Nickel Update, France Capon, Nickel Institute
3:45 PM – 5:00 PM International Panel Discussion
Dave Elliott, Surface Engineering Association, United Kingdom
Stewart Hemsley, Metalor Technologies, Singapore
Naoki Okuno, Okuno Chemical, Japan
Ramon Pages, Proquipa, S.A. de C.V. Mexico
4:50 PM – 5:00 PM Show Opening
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM Opening Welcome Reception on Show Floor
7:00PM – 10:00 PM NASF GAC Fund Raiser Event Hosted by CMFI


Tuesday, June 11

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM AESF Foundation: Electroplating & Surface Finishing Part 1
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8:00 AM – 5:00 PM AESF Foundation: Aluminum Finishing
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8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Keynote Speaker
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Exhibits Open




Session 1: Electroless Process/Elect

Chairs: Brad Durkin, Keith Legg

Session 2: Chemical Milling

Chairs: Rick Wire, Bruce Griffin

Session 3: Best Practices

Chairs: Peter Gallerani, Alan Rose


The Inhibition of Whisker Formation in Electroplated Tin

George Milad, Uyemura International Corporation

Reconsidering Chemical Milling

Rick Wire, Boeing

Computer Aided Engineering Accelerates Auxiliary Anodes and Racking Design for Decorative Plating of Complex Automotive Components

Gerd Reineck, TRW Germany

The Electroless Deposition of Nickel-Phosphorous-Tungsten Alloys

Vijaykumar Ijeri, Grauer and Weil (India) Ltd.

Protective Films for Chemical Milling and Plating Processes

James Wichmann, AC Products/Epmar Corporation

Robotic Plating Simulations Eliminate Defects

Paulo Vieira, Elsyca NV

Electroless Nickel Technology Meets the Demands of a Sustainable World

Ambrose Schaffer, Coventya Group

Through Mask ElectroEtching – Industrial Applications

Heather McCrabb, Faraday Technology

Where Technique Meets Technology

Peter Gallerani, Integrated Technologies, Inc.

Corrosion Resistance of High Phosphorus Electroless Nickel with a Lower Coefficient of Friction, Nanoparticle Co-deposition Electroless Nickel Layer

Nicole Micyus, MacDermid, Inc.

Optimizing Chemical Milling Chemistry for Blending Surface Damage

Andrea Brown, Boeing

Flexible Measurement Solutions for Plating Applications

Paul Lomax, Fischer Technology, Inc.

Corrosion Resistance Improvement technology for Electronic Connector Plating Applications

Rob Schetty, Technic, Inc.

Framework for Automation of the Chemical Milling Process

Bruce Griffin, Boeing

Considerations Regarding Proper Loading of Vibratory Finishing Bowls for Optimal Quality, Peformance and Throughput Efficiency

William Nebiolo, REM Surface Engineering

How Can EN Technology be Further Improved? Perspective from a Global Supplier

Helmut Horsthemke, Enthone Germany

NOx Scrubbing Technology Breakthrough

Robert Richardson, Know-NOx™, LLC

Automatic Part Planning: Increase Your Bottom Line Through: Precise, Consistent, and Faster Planning, Improved Service, Lower Costs

Amanda Kirchner, Cornerstone Systems, Inc.
Lunch on the Show Floor

Session 4: Plating II: Electrolytic Processes

Session Chairs: Brad Durkin, E. Jennings Taylor

Session 5: Light Materials Finishing

Session Chairs: Melissa Klingenberg, Stephen Gaydos

Session 6: Regulatory Issues

Session Chair: Jeff Hannapel


Selective Brush Plating a Tin-Zinc Alloy for Sacrificial Corrosion Protection

Zhimin Zhong, SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts

Surface Finishing: Changes, Challenges and Inspiration

Ed Kanegsberg, BFK Solutions

Effect of Environmental Regulation On Sale and Maintenance of Aerospace and Defense Equipment in Europe

Keith Legg, Rowan Technology Group

High Speed Alkaline Non-Cyanide Copper

Chalo Matta-Aoun, Enthone Inc.

High Thermal Conductivity Dielectric Oxide Coatings for Insulated Metal Substrates

James Curran, University of Cambridge & Keronite Inernational Ltd.

Innovations and Challenges presented by European REACH legislation

Richard Banks, Indestructible Paint, Ltd.

Making Hard Chrome Plating Greener

Neil Patton, Atotech Deutschland GmbH (Germany)

Anodizing Difficult Alloys with One Universal Mixed Electrolyte

Fred Schaedel, Anodic Technical Services

High Performance Acid Zinc Nickel Systems

Tony Oriti, Coventya Inc.

High Performance Anodizing and Sealant for Aluminum Alloys

Alp Manavbasi, METALAST International

Second Generation Black Acid Zinc System Provides Consistent Color and Performance

Renee van Schaik, Enthone BV (The Netherlands)

Chromium-Free Conversion Coatings for Aerospace Aluminum Alloys

Rob Mason, Concurrent Technologies Corporation

Development of NiMo Bath for Continuous Strip Plating

James Green, Thomas Steel Strip Corporation

Aluminum and Aluminum Alloy Plating Without Zincate or Stannate

John Bibber, Sanchem, Inc.
Joint Reception with Fastener Tech



Wednesday, June 12

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM AESF Foundation: Electroplating & Surface Finishing Part 2
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8:00 AM – 5:00 PM AESF Foundation: Aluminum Finishing Optional CEF Exam
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9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Exhibits Open



Session 7: Aerospace Forum I

Session Chairs: Eric Morris, Stephen Gaydos

Session 8: Automotive I: Functional

Session Chair: Ling Hao

Session 9: Metal Flake Technology

Session Chairs: Frederic Gheno, Perry Bennett


Application of a Non-Chrome, Rare Earth Coating System on a C-130 Hercules at Robins Air Force Base

Jane An, Deft, Inc.

Environmentally Friendly One Step Black Passivate for Electroplated Zinc

Matthew Stauffer, Pavco Inc.

Engineering Application Flexibility in Zinc Flake Coatings

Douglas Paul, The Magni Group

Corrosion Resistant Polymer Coatings Containing Rare Earth Compounds

Matthew O’Keefe, University of Missouri

Evaluation of Atmospheric Corrosion on Electroplated Zinc and Zinc Nickel Coatings by Electrical Resistance (ER) Monitoring

Per Møller, Technical University of Denmark

Lamellar Zinc in Corrosion Protection

Guy Decelles, Eckart Suisse SA

Chrome Free Corrosion Inhibiting Coating Technology for the Protection of High Strength Aluminum Alloys

Peter Visser, Akzo Nobel Aerospace Coatings

Corrosion Testing and Current Trends in Corrosion Testing

Robert Hohn, Assured Testing Services

A New Sacrificial Corrosion Protection Mechanism for High Performance Zinc/Aluminum Flake Coating Systems and Applications

Shusaku Ishikawa, Yuken America

Surface modification of Aluminum, Titanium and Magnesium Alloys by Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation

Solomon Berman, IBC Coating Technologies, Inc.

Surface Treatments for Corrosion Protection and Joining of Fasteners with Carbon Fibers

Luca Magagnin, Politecnico di Milano

Dip-Spin-Tilt Coating of Bulk and Racked Parts

Martin Muller, WMV Apparatebau

Tagnite Compatibility with Aluminium Cold Spray Repair of Magnesium

Bill Elmquist, Technology Applications Group, Inc.

“Mixing Lightning with Water”: The State of the Art in Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation for Surface Protection of Light Metals

James Curran, University of Cambridge & Kernite International Ltd.

Head-Thread Zinc Flake Coating Distribution in Bulk Dip-Spin Applications

Brian Straka, NOF Metal Coatings North America

Thinking Outside the Bucket with No-drip Electrochemical Processing

Keith Legg, Corrdesa LLC

Multi-Metal, Non-Chrome Conversion Coating Process Implemented By Daimler Trucks NA

Jane An, Deft, Inc

Friction Control for Threaded Fasteners

Michael Stähler, MKS-Systeme
Lunch on the Show Floor

Session 10: Aerospace Forum II

Chairs: Stephen Gaydos, Eric Morris

Session 11: Automotive II: Decorative

Chair: Ling Hao

Session 12: Advances in Surface Finishing

Chairs: E. Jennings Taylor, James Lindsay


New Deposition Method for Improved Aluminum and Aluminum Alloy Corrosion Resistant Coatings

Susie Eustis, Directed Vapor Technologies International

Environment Friendly and Cost-Effective Plating Technology for Non-Conductors

Prerna Sonthalia Goradia, Grauer and Weil (India) Ltd.

Hull Cell Study of AgNiW and NiW Alloys

E. J. Podlaha-Murphy, Northeastern University

Functional Trivalent Chromium Electroplating: Wear Resistant Coatings

Timothy Hall, Faraday Technology

New Developments in Trivalent Chromium Plating

George Bokisa, Coventya Inc.

Corrosion Resistant Coatings Development at University of South Carolina

Prabhu Ganesan, University of South Carolina

Aerospace Zinc-Nickel Plating Review (The Long Journey - “Are We There Yet?”)

Stephen Gaydos, Boeing

New Direct Plating Process Reducing Palladium Concentration in Catalyst “CRP Process NEX”

Tsuyoshi Kitabayashi, Okuno Chemical Industries Co. Ltd.

Electroplated Tin-Nickel Coatings as a Replacement for Nickel to Eliminate Nickel Dermatitis

Per Møller, Technical Univsersity of Denmark

Chromium-Free Conversion Coating for Electroplated Zinc-Nickel

Clayton Drees, Concurrent Technologies Corporation

Virtual Manufacturing Identifies In-field Corrosion Risk

Bart Van den Bosche, Elsyca NV

Controlling Physical Properties of Fe-Co Nanostructures Using Pulsed-current Electrodeposition for Potential Biomedical Applications

Conrad Rizal, University of Victoria

Evaluation of Heat Stability of Conversion Coatings

Mary Gilman, Boeing

Improved Multilayer Coatings by Combined Use of Electrochemical and Ultra-short Pulsed Laser Deposition Techniques

Kimmo Laitinen, University of Eastern Finland

Focusing on Ionic Liquids for Hard Chrome Plating

Patrick Benaben, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines - SAINT-ETIENNE

Advances in Downstream Injection Cold Spray - Commercial Applications, and Trends

Julio Villafuerte, Centerline Windsor Ltd.

Plastic Plating Water Reclaim and Reuse in China

Doug Frick, Porex Filtration

Nickel-Tungsten Alloys as Alternatives for Hard-Chrome Plating

Prerna Sonthalia Goradia, Grauer and Weil (India) Ltd.

Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation of components repaired by Cold Spray and Laser Cladding

Eugene Popov, IBC Coating Technologies, Inc.

New Surface Treatment Process to Improve Corrosion Resistance of Zirconium Alloys

Sergey Kruglikov, Mendeleyev University of Chemical Technology


Thursday, June 13

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM AESF Foundation: Electroplating & Surface Finishing Part 2
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Friday, June 14

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM AESF Foundation: Electroplating & Surface Finishing Optional CEF Exam
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To receive more information and a copy of the full conference brochure, contact Scott Stephenson at:

CompositesWorld Conferences
PO Box 44 162 Main St.
Yarmouth, ME 04096 USA
Tel +207.221.6602
Fax: +207.221.5848



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