Sur/Fin Returns to Chicago in 2019
Sur/Fin 2018, held in Cleveland, Ohio, was the most successful event in years, and even as this year’s show was wrapping up, the Sur/Fin Committee started planning for 2019. Next year’s event will be held June 3-5, in Chicago (Rosemont), and promises to be even bigger and better.
I have been attending Sur/Fin for more than 30 years. At this point in my life, I find myself having the inevitable discussions every year about who is retiring and what body parts hurt the most. But beyond that, I have had the honor of helping organize the event for almost two decades as a committee volunteer.
There have been a lot of changes in the industry in the last 30 years. As difficult as it has always been to operate a successful business, today’s challenges are even more daunting. The era of the “bucket shop” is long over. The pressure to perform perfectly and under tight time constraints is greater than ever. Customer specifications are more exacting than ever. To deal with today’s expectations and prepare for tomorrow’s challenges, businesses must automate, document, and continuously improve processes and efficiencies. Mistakes are more costly today than ever before. Every once in a while, you need to look up from your work, step back, and analyze what you are doing and how you are doing it. Is there a better way? Is there a faster way? Is there a smarter way? Answers to these questions can be found at Sur/Fin. Attending Sur/Fin is an absolute must for any business doing metal finishing.
Why Attend Sur/Fin? Because you can’t afford not to. Sur/Fin brings together the industry’s top experts with cutting-edge processes, equipment and best practices, all in one place. There is no better way to learn how to make your business more successful, more efficient and more profitable than spending a couple days each year at Sur/Fin. It is an investment in your success as an industry professional and in the long-term growth of your business.
Who should attend Sur/Fin? Everyone from top management to the newest employee. The owner and general manager will learn how to improve the bottom line. The production manager will learn about new, improved chemistries and how to increase efficiencies. The line operator will take back to the shop specific knowledge that positively impacts the quality to the parts being produced. And your new employee should come so he or she can gain insight into the unique world of metal finishing and get up to speed quickly and easily.
- How much more successful would your company be if you found ways to significantly reduce your scrap rate?
- How much more money would your business make if you increased throughput?
- How much would your liability be reduced if you found new ways to reduce your hazardous waste?
- How much operating expense would you save if you improved your chemical utilization?
Sur/Fin offers you solutions to these problems and many others. Attending Sur/Fin is essential for any company looking to prepare their metal finishing business for today’s world and whatever tomorrow may bring.
Steve Smith is chairperson of the Sur/Fin conference and vice president of sales at American Plating Power. Visit nasfsurfin.com.