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A recent Forbes article by Mitch Free addresses the problem of cadmium finishing. Free is the owner of ZYCI, a small manufacturing company that provides CNC machining, injection molding and 3D printing for a variety of industries, including aerospace and defense,

“One of the greatest metaphorical candle problems of the modern economy is cadmium plating,” he writes. “Cadmium has some unique physical properties that make it especially useful as a plating to protect precision-machined parts from corrosion. Once a machined part is expertly coated in cadmium, that part resists corrosion, is highly solderable and compatible with other metals, and requires little lubrication.”

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Apple has introduced the iPhone XR in a mix of six new anodized colors.

The new phone has a stunning all-screen design that pushes the display to its edges, and the front glass is wrapped in an anodized band made from 7000 series aerospace-grade aluminum. A glass back design enables wireless charging. 

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Valence Surface Technologies has acquired Triumph Processing in Lynwood, California, from the Triumph Group. Valence owner Trive Capital says Triumph Processing complements Valence’s extensive service offering by expanding its capabilities to provide surface finishing on parts as long as 110 feet and as wide/deep as 14 feet.

Tracy Glende, Valence CEO, says the acquisition continues Valence’s strategic focus on providing supply solutions by offering full-service product and metal finishing capabilities to the global aerospace and defense markets.

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Planning for NASF SUR/FIN 2019 in Chicago is now underway. The event will be held June 3-5, in the Rosemont area. Booth registration began September 24.

There are several changes in store for the 2019 event, the first of which is that events manager Cheryl Clark has left the National Association for Surface Finishing to pursue a new career opportunity, and the NASF is expanding its current partnership with Gardner Business Media and Products Finishing to ensure that SUR/FIN continues to be recognized worldwide as the leading surface technology exhibition and conference in North America.

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Lina De La Cruz of Control Electropolishing in Brooklyn, New York, has been elected president of the Masters’ Association of Metal Finishing, the New York and New Jersey chapter of the National Association for Surface Finishing.

Other MAMF officers include Vice President Robert Chabot of Epic Industrial, Treasurer J.R. Candiloro of Epner Technology and NASF delegate Paul Brancato of Epner Technology. The directors are Tony Alcaro of Alcaro and Alcaro; Marc Aleksinas of Metal Chem; Jeff Lawrence of Elkem; Wasyl Bojczuk of New Brunswick Plating; Ed Miller and George Miller of Miller and Son Plating; and Joe Tilton and Joey Tilton of Tilton Rack and Basket. Associate directors are Jason Potts of Coventya and Jim Corbett of Liberty Insurance.

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