In 1986, the AESF published Theory and Practice of Pulse Plating, edited by Jean Claude Puippe and Frank Leaman, the world’s first textbook on pulse plating. A compendium of chapters written by experts in this then-emerging field, the book quickly became the authoritative text in pulse plating. What follows here is the opening chapter, serving as an introduction to the field. Although the field has grown immensely in the intervening 35 years, the reader will find that the material remains a valuable introduction to those looking to advance the field of pulse plating.
The National Association for Surface Finishing has released its monthly Policy Update, summarizing some of the pertinent regulatory developments and new announcements from the month of June.
NASF offers an update on the latest developments with the California Air Resources Board proposed rules for hex chrome phase-out.
NASF has requested that EPA consider allowing five years to implement any restrictions on the use of n-propyl bromide for critical applications.
In 1996, the AESF held its highly regarded electroforming course, prepared by Ron Parkinson for presentation by The Nickel Development Institute (NiDI) and the AESF. What follows is a slightly modified excerpt, specifically on the mechanical properties of electroformed metals. Much of this information has withstood the test of time, and gives a perspective of this technology at the turn-of-the-century.
NASF/AESF Foundation Research Project #121: Development of a Sustainability Metrics System and a Technical Solution Method for Sustainable Metal Finishing: 4th Quarterly Report
This NASF-AESF Foundation research project report covers the fourth quarter of project work (January-March 2021) at Wayne State University in Detroit on sustainability in the metal finishing industry. The success of this project depends on data. The data needed comes from industry and other stakeholders. The reader is encouraged to complete the survey form discussed in this report.
SUR/FIN 2021 will be held in Detroit, Michigan November 2-4, 2021.
Over many years, well-regarded AESF/NASF contributor Jack Dini wrote a series of fascinating columns to Plating & Surface Finishing, under the title Fact or Fiction?. He hasn’t slowed down in 2021. Here, he notes that more research studies are revealing that a little bit of some toxins can be quite helpful to human health. The following shows a number of examples.
NASF has been working closely with a key industry coalition in Washington on the pending OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard for workplaces.
The National Association for Surface Finishing has released its monthly Policy Update, summarizing some of the pertinent regulatory developments and new announcements from the month of May.
The NASF has provided information on nickel-free coatings and the use of nickel in coatings for a project for the Danish EPA.
Registration for this Chromium Plating for Engineering Applications Web Based Course is June 22, 2021.
OSHA’s COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for the nation’s workplaces has been sent to the White House for final review.
This 1964 paper describes the first time that anyone had been able to photograph work of this type on chromium - the direct microscopic observation of the deposition of chromium on nickel and other basis metal surfaces. This classic study provided information on the effect of the surface condition of the substrate and plating variables on the initial stages of deposition, covering the growth to form a coherent deposit, and the later development of the cyclic pattern of cracking with its associated hydrogen gas evolution.
NASF/AESF has announced a two-part web-based Electroplating & Surface Finishing Parts course.
Electro-codeposition of MCrAlY Coatings for Advanced Gas Turbine Applications - 12th Quarterly Research Report
The aim of this research is to seek a sulfur-free plating solution for electro-codeposition of (Ni,Co)-CrAlY composite coatings. In this quarter, the coating plated in the sulfur-free, all-chloride plating solution with sodium lauryl sulfate wetting agent showed the best oxidation performance. This coating also demonstrated much better oxidation resistance that the bare CMSX-4 alloy.
Over many years, well-regarded AESF/NASF contributor Jack Dini contributed a series of fascinating columns to Plating & Surface Finishing, under the title Fact or Fiction?. The year 2020 saw a return of Jack’s writings from time to time, and here, he offers more material for 2021.
OSHA launched a new National Emphasis Program to protect high-risk workers from COVID-19 hazards. The program prioritizes employers that retaliate against workers who complain about unsafe or unhealthful conditions.
Incoming NASF president Jeff Brassard discusses his experiences in the surface finishing industry and his goals for the association.
NASF has released a Policy Update for March summarizing some of the pertinent regulatory developments and new announcements from recent days.
Electro-codeposition of MCrAlY Coatings for Advanced Gas Turbine Applications - Complete Project Report
This is the complete final project report of the three-year AESF Foundation Research project (2018-2020) at the Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN., to optimize the electro-codeposition process for improved oxidation/corrosion performance of MCrAlY coatings on critical superalloy components in gas turbine engines.
NASF leads chromium surface finishing symposium for California state officials considering new restrictions.
NASF/AESF has announced part 2 of its web-based Pollution Prevention course. The course will run throughout April on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Noon – 2 p.m. EST.
National Association for Surface Finishing president Jeff Brassard offers a message for National Surface Finishing Day 2021.
OSHA recently issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend and update the agency’s Hazard Communication Standard.
NASF/AESF Foundation Research Project #121: Development of a Sustainability Metrics System and a Technical Solution Method for Sustainable Metal Finishing: 3rd Quarterly Report
This report covers the third quarter of project work (October-December 2020) on this project at Wayne State University in Detroit. The objective is to help metal finishing plants to conduct a self-managed sustainability assessment and identify technical solutions for sustainability performance improvement. The reader is invited to contact Dr. Huang in identifying plating shops willing to participate in this program.
The NASF has released its monthly Public Policy Update identifying a few of the emerging issues at the federal level as well as the association’s actions across key states.