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The B.O.B. - L3VEL

2024 Technical Session & Dinner/Dance

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2024 Technical Session & Dinner/Dance
2024 Technical Session & Dinner/Dance

Time & Location

Mar 15, 2024, 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM

The B.O.B. - L3VEL, 20 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA

About the Event


11:30AM - Doors Open

Can't be there in person but would like to join us remotely? Indicate this option when purchasing your ticket.

12:00 - 12:30PM

Annual Chapter Meeting - Board President, Mark Burger and Directors

Enjoy lunch while you receive a comprehensive update on the chapter’s progress, discuss upcoming plans for 2024, and gather valuable input from membership.

12:30 - 1:00PM

Policy Update from National - Jeff Hannapel & Christian Richter, The Policy Group

NASF Government and Industry Affairs team will update the chapter on top emerging issues and regulatory concerns for the industry. Issues include the link between Michigan developments on PFAS and the Federal metal finish PFAS rule.

1:00 - 1:30PM

“The Future with Chrome-free Etching and Trivalent Chromium Plating: Carbon Footprint and Hotspot Analysis of a Decorative Surface Finishing Line” - Darrick Gula, MKS Atotech

Take a deep dive into decorative plating and discuss the industry’s shift away from Hexavalent chromium. Trivalent alternatives, along with PFAS free wetter solutions will be reviewed in order to showcase how platers can plan effectively to flip towards a more green and sustainable future. We also will examine a life cycle potential analysis based on ISO standards 14040 and 14044. This analysis was conducted in collaboration with a neutral project partner. External specialists were enlisted for a project that involved collecting carbon footprint data for a selected group of representative products, from cradle-to-gate. Alongside the carbon footprint analysis, learn about the thorough investigation conducted on three prominent coating technologies used for shiny metallic chrome or chrome-like surface finishes considering the entire lifecycle of each product.

1:30 - 2:00PM

“Pressing On: Innovative Approaches to Filter Optimization” - Ed Barriager, Haviland Products

Discussion on how to boost your filter press efficiency with simple optimization steps. This presentation will show you practical tips and minor adjustments that make a major difference in performance.

2:00 - 2:15PM


2:15 - 2:45PM

“Adding Automation to Job Shop Systems for Improved Profitability” - Chet Halonen, Steelhead Technologies

This presentation will focus on the production and business systems in job shops and how to use automation through software to drive efficiency, economically collect data, and identify areas for optimization.

2:45 - 3:15PM

“Industrial Wastewater Optimization: Proactive Steps Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow” - Stefanie Rigg, MacDermid Enthone Industrial Solutions

A brief overview of the importance of effective wastewater management in industrial settings, covering regulatory compliance, economic sustainability, and operational efficiency. Proactive strategies to improve wastewater management practices, including refining process parameters, incorporating advanced treatment methods, enhancing operator training, optimizing monitoring and control systems, and maximizing resource recovery opportunities.

3:15 - 3:45PM

“Optimizing Controls and Reducing Rework with Alkaline Zinc” - Chad Murphy, Columbia Chemical

Rework is a plating shop’s pain point. You’re not getting paid to run parts twice. Many defects can begin with pretreatment issues. To maximize efficiency and throughput in zinc plating, the importance of proper pretreatment and well-established controls cannot be overstated. This talk will discuss the critical steps of properly preparing the substrate surface through cleaning, degreasing, and activation to ensure optimal adhesion, corrosion resistance and overall finish of the plated part. We will also review the importance of effective controls to keep the operating parameters in range and look at using your weekly bath analysis and hull cell panel evaluations to identify problems in advance and take action to help keep your costs down, save time and decrease rejects.

3:45 - 4:00PM

“Ask the Experts” - Panel Discussion

A chance to ask our presenters to share their insights, expertise, and solutions to your burning questions. Engage with experts in the field as they tackle pressing issues, offer actionable advice, and spark meaningful dialogue.


6 to 10PM

Back by popular demand! Get ready for an evening of camaraderie and celebration at the Michigan Chapter's Dinner/Dance event! This special gathering offers members and guests the perfect opportunity to unwind, socialize, and enjoy a night of good food, music, and dancing. Cocktail attire suggested but not required!

Registration dealine:  Monday, March 11th

Parking Options:

1. Louis - Campau Ramp at 43 Monroe Ave. NW - 0.05 miles from the venue

2. Ottawa - Fulton Ramp at 50 Ottawa Ave. NW - 0.2 miles from ther venue

Nearby hotel options:

JW Marriot

235 Louis St. NW

(616) 242-1500

Courtyard by Marriot

11 Monroe Ave. NW

(616) 242-6000 

Canopy by Hilton

131 Ionia Ave. SW

(616) 456-6200

Embassy Suites

710 Monroe Ave. NW

(616) 512-5700


  • Technical Session

    Join us for an insightful technical session dedicated to "Improving Operational Efficiency". In today's dynamic manufacturing landscape, optimizing processes is crucial for staying competitive and meeting customer demands. This session will delve into innovative strategies and best practices specifically tailored for job shops engaged in surface finishing operations.

    +$0.63 service fee
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  • Dinner/Dance (per person)

    Back by popular demand! Get ready for an evening of camaraderie and celebration at the Michigan Chapter's Dinner/Dance event! This special gathering offers members and guests the perfect opportunity to unwind, socialize, and enjoy a night of good food, music, and dancing. You must buy two tickets to this portion of the event if you wish to bring a guest.

    +$1.88 service fee
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