NASF SUR/FIN 2019 Committee Accepting Presentation Proposals

Visit short.pfonline.com/SURFIN to submit a presentation proposal by December 19 for consideration of inclusion in the 2019 technical program.

The National Association for Surface Finishing’s Technology Advisory Committee (TAC)  is responsible for developing the technical  program for SUR/FIN, which will next take place June 3-5, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.

The 2019 program was formally launched in mid-October with a new abstract submission portal. (Proposals for presentations are being accepted through December 19 at short.pfonline.com/SURFIN.) One nice feature of this new system is improved automated acknowledgement that an abstract has been received, which should avoid any potential for lost abstracts or missing author details. 

Each year, the TAC is challenged with managing three concurrent technical tracks that occur over the three days, with a target of not interfering with too many other elements of the SUR/FIN exhibition. In the last two cycles of SUR/FIN, we have been able to open up the schedule to allow technical track attendees more times to visit exhibitors on the show floor.

For the TAC, this cycle for SUR/FIN 2019 is an evolution from past methods of technical track development. The new submission process also should help us better manage the efficiency of the TAC abstract review and selection process, which will begin in January; by the end of February, we should have the program well defined so that speaker notifications can begin. We are encouraging and looking for individuals involved in production, engineering, R&D, academia, testing or evaluation of coatings or surface treatments to present their topics, results and conclusions related to all types of industry applications.

The current 15-member TAC roster consists of industry professionals from a variety of different disciplines in surface finishing who will work in teams through January and February to select and assemble the 12-session technology track program for SUR/FIN 2019. The goal is for the final program to represents more than 40 hours of information on a wide range of topics, including automotive and aerospace advances in surface finishing, zinc plating and everything possible in between. We will work with the SUR/FIN steering committee to ensure that the program direction meets the goals of that committee and the NASF board.
We are focused on finding speakers with surface finishing experience who can give exclusive, informative, non-commercial presentations. Each 30-minute presentation ideally should cover the latest surface engineering and finishing technology topics that are impacting business today or trending for tomorrow. We have many suggested categories in the submission portal.

The primary author/presenter of each accepted submission will receive free registration to SUR/FIN, including all conference sessions, receptions and the exhibition, as well as access to all conference proceedings and the show directory. Only one person from any company or institution will receive this complementary registration.

Once all abstracts have been received and reviewed, the TAC team will determine which best fit into the overall program. We also are looking to incorporate panel discussions into the program, helping to facilitate opportunities for two-way exchanges with attendees whenever possible. Traditionally, we encourage efforts from individuals who are able to engage and speak to large groups of their peers on topics directly relevant to the industry. PowerPoint presentations have been the norm for delivery of information over the past decade, but this year, we are also encouraging speakers also to consider providing written papers on their non-commercial topics so they can potentially be published on the SUR/FIN website or in other publications, including Products Finishing, or those sponsored by THE NASF. Our industry has a need to continue the education process outside of just SUR/FIN, and written papers provide a way to facilitate this over the entire year.

Topic categories targeted for the SUR/FIN 2019 include, but are not limited to:

  • Advances and New Trends in Surface Finishes/Engineering
  • Advances in Research
  • Aerospace/Defense/Military
  • Automotive Industry
  • Corrosion or Wear Deposits/Coatings
  • Electronics Surface Finishing
  • General Surface Finishing
  • Innovative Best Practices for Performance and Efficiency
  • Light Materials: Treatments Optimizing Performance
  • Managing Water Usage/Waste Management Minimization
  • Performance Solutions Impacting Today and the Future
  • Perspectives Connecting Finishers
  • Plating on Plastics/Decorative Technology
  • Technologies for Improved Performance or Increased Efficiency
  • Technology Responses to REACH/Regulations
  • Zinc/Alloys/High-Performance and Passivation Systems

These conference sessions continue to be an important cornerstone of the overall exhibition and represents one viable reason why attendees come to this show. SUR/FIN 2018 in Cleveland was deemed one of the best based on attendance and the feedback of attendees and exhibitors. There was a higher percentage of new attendees to the technical conference and new presenters with interesting topics. There also were many new companies represented through the presenters in the technical program. These shifts from our traditional audience were welcomed, as the attendees offered a much different dynamic than in the prior two cycle years. We would like to continue this trend with the current TAC team that will be working on the development of the SUR/FIN 2019 program.