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Preliminary Technical Program For SUR/FIN 2009

June/May - 2009
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The National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) has released the preliminary technical program for SUR/FIN 2009, the surface finishing industry’s premier conference and exhibition. The event, set to take place June 15–17 in Louisville, Ky., will offer more than 70 technical paper presentations.

From timely and pertinent topics on chemical conversions to a variety of regulatory sessions, the SUR/FIN 2009 technical conference program promises virtually something for everyone. “On the first day of the technical conference there will be an interesting symposium on nickel—moderated by Christian Richter of the Policy Group—in which representatives from the European Union, the U.S., Japan and Canada will talk about world views of the metal,” said Eric Olander, chairman of the NASF Steering Committee. “For platers, if you do anything with nickel, you should attend this conference.”

Another noteworthy topic of discussion at the conference: the question of whether trivalent chromium turns to hex chrome. “Even though we’re doing so much with trivalents on zinc plating, studies have shown that the surface film turns to hex chrome,” Olander stated. “So, as part of the chemical program, we are leading the discussion on this topic.”
Then there’s the highly anticipated keynote presentation by Ken Mayland, president of Clearview Economics, who will conduct a special session, titled “Surviving 2009 – Economic Outlook & Advice.” The presentation, which is scheduled for 9:30–10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 16, will clue attendees in on the telltale signs of an economic recovery.

Other topics on the roster: Heavy Metals Removal from Plating Solutions; Plating of Electroless Nickel onto Magnesium; Zincate-Free Plating of Beryllium, Aluminum, Magnesium and Their Alloys; Energy-Saving Anodizing Processes; Behavior of Trivalent Passivates in Accelerated Corrosion Tests; New Solid-State Spraying Processes; and How to Increase First-Time Quality by Reducing Paint Defects, among many others.

To view the full Preliminary Technical Conference Program, please visit www.nasf.org 
To register online, please visit www.sur-fin.net