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The Masters Association of Metal Finishers in New York and New Jersey celebrated the industry and its leaders with a dinner and recognition ceremony on April 6.

Lina de la Cruz, from Control Electropolishing and the MAMF president, opened the evening with a welcome to the 80-plus attendees at the Chart House in Weehawken, N.J.

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The NASF Palmetto Southeast Chapter held a technical talk and luncheon in March called “Metal Finishing Revealed: an Introduction into the Art, Science and Engineering of Electroplating.”

Paul Skelton, president of the chapter, said the five-hour technical presentation attracted about 50 industry professionals from throughout the southeast region.

This event and seminar was truly an absolute success,” he says. “The speakers and presenters volunteered their time and knowledge to teach us, and the attendees and companies were fortunate to take time away from their respective plants to participate.”

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology says that a team of engineers has built and tested a new kind of airplane wing that is assembled from hundreds of small identical pieces so that the wing can change shape to control the plane’s flight.

The MIT and NASA researchers say that the new wing could provide a significant boost in aircraft production, flight and maintenance efficiency.

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Bales Metal Surface Solutions in Downers Grove, Illinois, enhanced the capabilities of its lab by bringing the testing for plating bath control operations in-house to provide more efficient tank analysis.

Sara Mortensen, Bales vice president, said the facility upgraded the lab equipment to allow for automated titration of the plating baths and acquired two atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS) machines. She said this allows Bales to analyze impurities and implement corrections within the same day. Bales also expanded the lab team with a dedicated lab assistant who, Mortensen says, plays a crucial role in maintaining the plating bath tanks.

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