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Registration is now open at itps-ifcs.com for the joint International ThermProcess Summit (ITPS) and International Finishing & Coatings Summit (IFCS), to be held July 30 to August 1, at the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta hotel.

Co-sponsored by the Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) and the Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI), the summits will bring together a diverse group of business leaders offering information intended to help executives stay on top of the latest trends and innovations affecting their manufacturing operations.

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Posted by: Dr. James Lindsay 24. May 2018

Fluorinated Surfactants Is Top Issue at NASF Washington Forum

True to form, the National Association for Surface Finishing’s Washington Forum in April brought forth the latest developments in government issues affecting the surface finishing industry and pointed out the new challenges awaiting it. As noted by NASF Executive Vice President Christian Richter, there was a change in emphasis from 2017, with fluorinated surfactants emerging as the industry’s most critical issue.

Fluorinated surfactants, more formally known as polyfluoroalkylated substances (PFAS), are synthetic organofluoride compounds that are very efficient at lowering the surface tension of water. They are widely used in treating carpets and other fabrics, and as grease-proofing agents in food packaging. In the surface finishing industry, the primary fluorinated surfactant of interest is perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS). Motivated by the need to protect workers on chromium plating lines, platers use PFOS to reduce surface tension in chromium baths and form a protective foam blanket to drastically reduce the fumes and mist generated by hydrogen at the cathode. In the mid-20th century, it was presumed that these substances helped, rather than hurt humans. Decades later, health and environmental concerns indicate that these materials are not as benign as had been thought.

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The Metal Finishing Association of Southern California (MFASC) and the Metal Finishing Association of Northern California (MFANC) are each hosting the 38th Metal Finishing Conference on September 25 and September 27, respectively. The southern California event on September 25 will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. at Quiet Cannon in Montebello; the northern California event on September 27 will be from 4 to 8 p.m. at Napredak Hall in San Jose.

Both conference events will bring together top local and national suppliers, and other key professionals in the metal and surface finishing industries throughout California looking for innovative products and services for the challenges they face from customers and regulators. Suppliers will be provided four full hours to exhibit their products and services.

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Michael Guckes from Gardner Intelligence explains how to read and understand your Products Finishing Top Shops Benchmarking custom reports you received if you took part in the recent survey.

Guckes is chief economist for GI, which was instrumental in assembling and interpreting the data collected in the plating survey.

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The seventh annual PaintExpo, held in Germany in April, attracted 537 exhibitors from 29 countries, making it one of the world’s leading trade fairs for industrial coating technology. The number of attendees increased as well this year by roughly 12 percent to 11,790 hailing from 88 countries.

“The quality of the visitors is outstanding, which means that we’ve not only been able to establish very interesting contacts and get to know important people, we also received several good orders directly at the event,” says John Richardson, marketing communications manager of British Carlisle Fluid Technologies. “Beyond this, the trade fair is an excellent networking opportunity for us.”

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