SUR/FIN Presentation Abstracts Due Jan. 11

The NASF’s Technology Advisory Committee is seeking speakers with for the SUR/FIN technical program. The deadline is Jan. 11.
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SUR/FIN, the surface finishing industry’s premier event organized by the National Association for Surface Finishing, is accepting proposals to present papers at the 2019 conference, which will be held June 3-5 in Chicago at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

The NASF’s Technology Advisory Committee is seeking speakers with surface finishing experiences or a focus on new technology to give exclusive, informative, non-commercial presentations for the SUR/FIN technical program.  Each 30 minute presentation should cover the latest surface engineering and finishing technology topics that are seen impacting business today or trending for tomorrow.

Abstracts submissions are due no later than January 11, and preference will be given to early submittals. Submit your abstract by click this link.

Why Should You Participate?

SUR/FIN is the global surface finishing industry’s annual event where professionals from around the world share ideas and experiences to help gain insight on practical applications, solve problems, discuss productivity improvements and introduce new technologies. Finishing professionals with various technology disciplines and specialties look to SUR/FIN to provide insight on solving their product, process and business challenges. As such, the NASF is calling on leaders in the finishing industry to share their expertise and knowledge to help current and future generations of industrial finishers improve, compete and succeed.

Who Should Present?

  • You should submit an abstract if your organization is involved with new surface finishing or design processes or equipment that provide significantly improved results or performance. The NASF is looking for non-commercial efforts from individuals who are able to engage and speak to large groups of their peers on topics directly relevant to industry. 
  • Individuals involved in production, engineering, R&D, academia, testing or evaluations in coatings or surface treatments are encouraged to present their topics, results and conclusions influencing all industry applications including automotive, aerospace and defense, machinery equipment, industrial tooling, electronics, oil and chemical, molds and dies, plastics and others.  

Abstract Selection

Based on the subject matter of submitted abstracts, the TAC will determine the best conference session for the proposed presentation. Authors will be notified of the session in which the presentation will be best suited for the optimal development of the overall technical program. 

Important Information for Prospective Speakers

  • Written papers are encouraged. If they are based on non-commercial presentations given at the technical session, they can be published on the SUR/FIN Website or in other publications, including Products Finishing, or those sponsored by NASF.
  • The primary author/presenter of the accepted presentation will receive free registration. This complimentary registration includes 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 shall receive the complimentary registration offered per presentation.
  • Abstracts should be as complete and concise as possible and will be subject to editing by the TAC for publication.  Please note we’ve stipulated a 200-word limit. 
  • A balance of presentations, panel discussions and forums that best meet the needs of the audience is the focus of the collaborative effort of TAC members. 
  • For submission, please indicate your top two choices of topic categories where you believe your talk will maximize attendance and participation in the SUR/FIN technical sessions. If chosen, the selection committee will take author choices into consideration but will assign presentations to sessions that best meet the needs of the conference and the attendees.

Topic Categories under consideration for the SUR/FIN 2019 Technology Sessions can include, but are not limited to the following examples:

  • Advances & New Trends in Surface Finishes / Engineering
  • Advances in Research
  • Advances in Surface Finishing Technology
  • Aerospace / Defense / Military
  • Automotive Industry
  • Corrosion or Wear Deposits / Coatings
  • Electronics Surface Finishing
  • General Surface Finishing
  • Innovative Best Practices for Performance & Efficiency
  • Light Materials – Treatments Optimizing Performance
  • Managing Water Usage / Waste Management Minimization
  • Performance Solutions Impacting Today and 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

Submit Your Abstract: please click on the link to access the online submission form.  You will be asked for

  • Author Credentials and complete Author Information (including mobile number), brief Description of what attendees will learn in the session, and Abstract
  • Author/Presenter Certification Acknowledgement
  • Contact information for person submitting form


Due Dates for Submissions

Abstracts Due: January 11

Speaker Notifications Begin: February 28

Final Papers/Presentations Due: May 17

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