NASF Releases Public Policy Update for April 2021

NASF has released a Policy Update for April summarizing some of the pertinent regulatory developments and new announcements from recent days.


NASF Online Course: Electroplating & Surface Finishing

NASF/AESF has announced a two-part web-based Electroplating & Surface Finishing Parts course.

NASF Regulatory Alert: OSHA Launches COVID-19 National Emphasis Program

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.


An Interview with Incoming NASF President Jeff Brassard

Incoming NASF president Jeff Brassard discusses his experiences in the surface finishing industry and his goals for the association.

NASF Releases Public Policy Update for March 2021

NASF has released a Policy Update for March summarizing some of the pertinent regulatory developments and new announcements from recent days.


NASF Leads Chromium Symposium for California Air Resources Board

NASF leads chromium surface finishing symposium for California state officials considering new restrictions.

NASF Online Course: Pollution Prevention

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 Surface Finishing Day Message from the NASF

National Association for Surface Finishing president Jeff Brassard offers a message for National Surface Finishing Day 2021.


NASF Online Course: Chromium Plating for Engineering Applications

Registration for this Chromium Plating for Engineering Applications Web Based Course is April 20, 2021.

NASF OSHA Alert: OSHA Proposed Update to Hazard Communication Standard

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.

NASF Releases Public Policy Update for February 2021

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.


NASF Plating Essentials Course Deadline Approaches

The registration deadline for NASF’s Plating Essentials course is February 23. The course offers an overview of critical finishing subjects. 


NASF Regulatory Alert February 2021

OSHA Takes First Step to Strengthen  Federal COVID-19 Workplace Guidelines in 2021.

NASF/AESF Offers Pollution Prevention Web-Based Course

The registration deadline for the Pollution Prevention web-based Course is March 23, 2021.

Jerry Poll, 1929-2021

Products Finishing recently lost one of its own. Jerry Poll was a well-loved figure in the surface finishing industry who led our brand for many years.

NASF Announces New Show Dates for SUR/FIN 2021

NASF is moving its annual SUR/FIN event and Manufacturing & Technology Conference to November 2-4, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan.


A Novel, Structurally Colored Coating for Aluminum Alloys

A recent development based on porous anodized aluminum (PAA) and metal nanowire deposits is presented here, which may become a competitive alternative to paint and organic coatings.  By controlling the conditions for anodizing and metal electrodeposition, coatings in a wide spectrum of colors can be produced, including greys, black, blues, purples and greens.


NASF Announces 2021 Finishing Course Catalog

The NASF/AESF Foundation has announced its 2021 industry training schedule.


Nanostructure of the Anodic and Nanomaterials Sol-Gel Based Materials Application: Advances in Surface Engineering

Porous alumina can be fabricated electrochemically through anodic oxidation of aluminum.  This paper reviews sol-gel chemistry and applications, which also offers unusual nanoporous microstructures.  The ability to control pore chemistry at different scales and geometries, provides excellent bioactivity, enabling the entrapment of biologically active molecules and their controllable release for therapeutic and medical applications.


Plastics and Plating on Plastics [1944]

This republished 1944 AES convention paper presents an historic perspective of the early days of plastics in surface finishing - using them and plating on them, in the waning years of World War II.  The discussion reviews the uses of plastics in plating equipment and processing at that time, as well as the coating of the plastics themselves, with accompanying application photos.  You will note that today’s conventional plating-on-plastics processes lay far in the future.  Surprisingly, CVD processes are discussed.

NASF Public Policy Update | January 2021

The National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) offers its public policy update for January 2021 to the finishing industry.


Gold's Many Uses

Over many years, AESF/NASF stalwart Jack Dini contributed a series of fascinating columns to Plating & Surface Finishing, under the title Fact or Fiction?.  What follows is another welcome addition to his output for the NASF.  Here, Jack discusses the many uses for gold, some involving surface finishing, some not.


An Introduction to AESF Research Project #R-122: Electrochemical Approaches to Treatment of PFAS in Plating Wastewater

For 2021, NASF-AESF Foundation Research Board has selected a project on addressing the problem of PFAS and related chemicals in plating wastewater streams, studying PFAS destruction via electrooxidation and electrocoagulation.  This report introduces the project and outlines the work to be undertaken.

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