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June 2014

SIFCO ASC and Bell Helicopter Reveal the Science Behind Pioneering Corrosion Protection at SUR FIN 2014

Scientific research on a less toxic alternative to rotorcraft corrosion protection will be presented by SIFCO ASC and Bell Helicopter experts at the National Association for Surface Finishing’s (NASF) SUR FIN Manufacturing & Technology Tradeshow & Conference 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Zhimin Zhong, research scientist at world-leading supplier of selective plating technology and solutions SIFCO ASC, and Peter McCallum, engineer of American rotorcraft manufacturer Bell Helicopter, are the technical experts behind the paper*, and will be speaking about their findings on Tuesday June 10th at 10:00AM at the Cleveland Convention Center.

High strength steel requires corrosion protection when used in rotocraft to prevent failure of flight critical components. Cadmium electrodeposit is traditionally used for these applications due to its excellent corrosion protection, however it is also highly toxic. In order to adhere to new design requirements, Zhimin and Peter evaluated zinc-nickel coatings as a less toxic alternative.

The SUR FIN exhibition runs from June 9th – 14th and is recognized as the global surface finishing industry’s leading conference. It is hosted by professionals from around the world who share their valuable knowledge in solving the industry’s most complex challenges while improving productivity.

Zhimin Zhong said: “By working with Bell Helicopter we have unearthed a viable alternative for corrosion protection in the aerospace industry while minimising toxicity. Peter and I are thrilled to be invited to share our research with delegates of the SUR FIN conference and hope that they go away with a fresh perspective on surface finishing.”

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*Characterization of Zn-Ni Coatings as a Replacement for Cadmium Electrodeposit for Rotorcraft Applications by Peter J. McCallum, Bell Helicopter Textron & Zhimin Zhong, SIFCO ASC.

May 2014

SIFCO ASC to showcase selective plating capability at Power-Gen Europe

A range of innovative surface treatments which combat the operational and maintenance challenges faced by the power generation industry will be showcased by the global leader in selective plating technology and solutions, SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) at this year’s POWER-GEN Europe exhibition, 3-5 June 2014.

SIFCO ASC will be sharing stand 6V46 with sister Norman Hay Plc company Surface Technology, a leader in the development and application of high performance surface treatments.

Originator of the renowned SIFCO Process® for electroplating localised areas on components without the use of an immersion tank, SIFCO ASC is approved by many of the world’s leading players in the power generation industry, including Siemens, Alstom, Rolls Royce and Westinghouse.

The company will be showcasing the flexibility and portability of the SIFCO Process® for selective plating and the vital role it can play in the manufacturing industry to improve component performance, minimise downtime and reduce manufacturing costs.
Typical power generation industry applications for the SIFCO Process® include bus bars, gas turbine components, generators, nuclear components and the in-situ repair of windmill bearing journals and slip rings – eliminating the major delays associated with disassembly and offsite repair and significantly reducing downtime.

Now a well-established event in the European and International power diary, POWER-GEN Europe returns to Cologne, Germany for its 22nd staging alongside Renewable Energy World Europe, with the theme of ‘Navigating the Power Transition’.

The combined events will feature top international power industry companies from across the conventional and renewable sectors, demonstrating state of the art services and technologies covering every aspect of electrical power generation.

Mark Smith, European General Manager for SIFCO ASC, comments: “POWER-GEN Europe is a prestigious event within the sector and we are looking forward to showcasing our unique surface enhancement technologies and services for both OEM components and parts requiring refurbishment and repair. With more than 50 years of experience, we can offer our customers world class capabilities and application development support, no matter where they are located, backed by the global expertise of the Norman Hay group.”


March 2014

SIFCO ASC Exhibits Selective Plating Solution at INDUSTRIE PARIS 2014

SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC), world leading supplier of selective plating technology and solutions will be showcasing the versatility of the SIFCO Process® this year at Industrie Paris 2014, the only event in France to bring together nine sectors of the manufacturing industry.

Industrie Paris is a top European exhibition which groups together all solutions in terms of equipment, components, products and services for stages of industrial manufacturing, from design through to production.

The exhibition will take place from March 31 – April 04 at the Paris Nord Villepinte, and will bring together more than 1,000 exhibitors and 25,000 industry professionals. It is located in a region that focuses almost a quarter of new industrial companies in France, more than 134,800 a year.

Selective plating plays a vital role in the manufacturing industry due to the significant time and cost savings it can offer. The SIFCO Process® is used in many industrial applications where surfaces need to be protected, repaired or refurbished.

The SIFCO ASC team will be able to demonstrate the multiple capabilities of selective plating in providing corrosion protection, increasing wear resistance, improving solderability or brazing characteristics, reducing electrical contact resistance, preventing galling and serving as bearing surfaces.

Lee Shelton, Group Managing Director of SIFCO ASC, said: “We are really looking forward to exhibiting at Industrie Paris this year and building rapport further-afield as well as educating people on the key benefits of selective plating in the manufacturing industry.”

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January 2014

SIFCO ASC Propels Selective Plating Solution at HELI-EXPO

SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) is taking a vertical approach to selective plating this year by exhibiting at the world’s largest trade exhibition dedicated to helicopters, HELI-EXPO.

The exhibition will take place from 25-27 February at the Anaheim Convention Center, and will bring together more than 20,000 industry professionals from across 90 countries.

HELI-EXPO is organized by the Helicopter Association International (HAI), an aviation trade association dedicated to the advancement of the international helicopter community, of which SIFCO ASC is a member, and has 3,600 members.

Selective plating plays a vital part in the aerospace industry due to the necessity of high performance and safe equipment. At the event SIFCO ASC will be demonstrating its capabilities in enabling components to withstand friction, high temperatures and corrosive environments while continuing to operate at optimum performance levels.

Lee Shelton, Group Managing Director of SIFCO ASC, said: “We are really looking forward to exhibiting at HELI-EXPO this year and developing key relationships with the industry as well as educating people on the key benefits of selective plating in the helicopter industry.”

You can visit SIFCO ASC at: Booth # 3829

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November 2013

NOV and SIFCO ASC Partner for Successful Completion of Unscheduled Repair

SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC), the world leading supplier of selective plating technology and solutions, worked together with the world leader in oilfield products and services, National Oilwell Varco (NOV) to repair critical damage caused by lightning strike on the Ensco 8505 drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico within 24 hours of arrival on site, preventing costly unplanned downtime.

Lightning strikesLightning strike Damage
Significant damage was caused to the crown mounted compensator (CMC) cylinder when lightning struck the rig. The CMC is a device used to apply a constant tension to the drill string and compensate for any rig movement. The impact of the lightning strike caused a substantial gouge, the size of a coin, on the CMC cylinder. Without immediate repairs the damage would cause the cylinder seals to leak, resulting in hydraulic fluid loss and the threat of significant lost production.

Lightning strike DamageThe Ensco 8505 is one of many oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico and the sixth of seven rigs in the ENSCO 8500 Series®. In the second quarter of 2011, these rigs had virtually no downtime and achieved 99 percent utilisation as well as being ranked number one in overall customer satisfaction in deep-water drilling by Energy Pointi, an independent survey firm. The company therefore required a speedy solution which would maintain its high operational standards within the industry.

To remove the damaged CMC cylinder from the platform and replace it would be extremely costly, and result in significant downtime, with every hour costing the platform operator thousands of dollars in lost production. NOV and SIFCO ASC came together to solve this problem.

A distinctive solutionSIFCO Process®
The solution was found in SIFCO ASC’s plating process, using SIFCO’s AeroNikl® 7280 for corrosion protection, and Cobalt 2043 to cap the repair for hardness to protect against surface wear. The SIFCO Process® is unique to the company and involves a portable method of electroplating localised areas without the use of an immersion tank. The SIFCO Process® is highly regarded in the oil and gas industry and used on many OEM and repair applications, particularly as components can be plated in-situ and on-site, which ultimately saves time in maintenance, repairs and unplanned downtime.

When undertaking the repair work, two SIFCO ASC technicians were situated near the top of the derrick, 450ft in the air, to perform the repair. It took them a total of 24 hours to complete the work and return the platform to full operation, as opposed to three months to replace the shaft.

Jimmy Clark, structural service manager from NOV said: “When rigs are down it can cost as much as $489K a day in losses, which is why it was important that we sourced a solution that could be completed in as little time as possible, producing outstanding results that would keep the CMC cylinder protected from further damage.”

SIFCO ASC’s experienced, skilled and qualified workforce applies all deposits in strict adherence to the specifications and quality assurance requirements demanded by its customers. They inspect and ensure that their work complies with industry standards as insisted by customers in the oil and gas sector. The SIFCO ASC technicians on this project hold annual certifications to work on oil platforms, which allows for their speedy deployment to site.

Five times the resultrepaired cylinder
The final result was extremely successful. The repaired cylinder was dimensionally accurate to .001” tolerance as compared to the .005” tolerance originally requested by NOV.

This section of the CMC cylinder will be better protected from corrosion and, in offshore oilfields, metal structures and components are under constant attack from a variety of sources. Although corrosion will initially be uniform across the surface area of the metal, in time it will accelerate into any small crevices. Without SIFCO ASC’s AeroNikl® 7280 this could have ultimately progressed into cracks in the metal, which could have been accelerated by tensile stress, resulting in stress corrosion. According to the “United States Cost of Corrosion Study”, produced by NACE International, one of the world’s leading authorities on corrosion engineering and control, corrosion costs the US oil and gas exploration and production industry $1.4 billion a year.

Similar projects include the repair of the Hydraulic Balance Cylinder on the Transocean Development Driller 1. SIFCO ASC is prepared to help the industry mitigate the threat of corrosion and meet the key challenges of extending equipment life while reducing downtime and reducing operating costs.

Lee Shelton, Managing Director, SIFCO ASC said: “When production halts due to the damage of critical components that are not easily repaired, time is of the essence to reduce the shutdown period to a minimum. Our aim was to restore confidence in the performance and reliability of Ensco 8505’s process operations, and I’m delighted the SIFCO Process® has had a positive impact on its operational performance and profitability.”

NOV provides comprehensive drilling solutions that include technically advanced, field-proven equipment integrated into systems that increase drilling efficiency, enhance Health, Safety, and Environmental (HSE) programs, and maximizes customers’ life cycle economics. It has an ability to design, manufacture, install, commission, and provide aftermarket service for a wide variety of drilling systems and equipment. It has worked with SIFCO ASC since 2009 which has over 50 years’ experience serving the oil and gas market globally, providing a complete range of selective plating solutions combined with industry leading technical support and application advice.


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October 2013

Exclusive ‘SIFCO Process®’ to be showcased at Advanced Engineering show

Engineers from across UK industry will be able to discover the benefits of the renowned approach to selective brush plating developed by global leading supplier, SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) at Advanced Engineering this November.

SIFCO ASC, part of Norman Hay plc, returns to one of UK industry’s most important engineering and technology exhibitions for its third year.

SIFCO ASC Selective Plating‘The SIFCO Process®’ is the leading portable method of electroplating localised areas without the use of an immersion tank, and is primarily used for enhancing surfaces on Original Equipment Manufacturing (OEM) components, permanent repairs and salvaging mis-machined parts.

SIFCO ASC surface enhancement technologies and selective plating services have been utilised for more than 50 years on both OEM components and on parts requiring refurbishment in the aerospace, oil and gas, general industry, and power generation sectors.

This will be the first year the company has exhibited under its new brand identity which was launched earlier this year. Visitors to the stand will be able to familiarise themselves with the new identity reflecting the company’s commitment to developing new solutions for selective plating processes and materials.

Selective Plating for Landing gearThousands of visitors are expected to attend the event in Birmingham this Autumn. They will be able to get to grips with the benefits of using the selective plating process and understand various aspects such as how components can be plated in-situ, how parts too large to tank plate can be processed, and how the process can be performed conveniently on site.

Mark Smith, European General Manager of SIFCO ASC, says: “Advanced Engineering is a highlight of the SIFCO ASC calendar and we look forward to demonstrating to the industry how our processes are cost effective, simple to deliver and can reduce machine downtime and production delays, as well as offering a host of other benefits.”

You can visit SIFCO ASC in Hall 5, Stand D60

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Notes to editors

SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts provide practical, cost-effective selective brush plating solutions to improve part performance and reduce manufacturing costs through corrosion protection, increased wear resistance, increased hardness, improved conductivity, anti-galling or slip. SIFCO ASC surface enhancement technologies and brush plating services have been utilised for over 50 years on both OEM components and on parts requiring refurbishment in the aerospace, oil and gas, general industry and power generation sectors.

SIFCO ASC is part of Norman Hay plc.

About Norman Hay plc

Norman Hay plc is a global chemicals, sealants, surface coatings and engineering group with over 60 years trading history. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, the group operates four main divisions: Ultraseal, the market leader in impregnation chemicals and process equipment; Surface Technology, specialists in the development and application of surface treatments with well-known brands including Armourcote and ACI; SIFCO ASC, global leaders in selective plating; NHE, manufacturing bespoke process plant and equipment.


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September 2013

Global Plating Company Digs Deep to Give Life Back to Ohio Nature

Ohio based global selective plating company, SIFCO ASC helped protect the future of the local habitat by rounding up the team from its Cleveland site to help remove thousands of invasive plants which were causing a threat to the area.

As part of an initiative to contribute to its local community, SIFCO ASC worked with the Natural Resources staff at Cleveland Metroparks to help remove plants which offered neither shelter nor nutrients to the local animals or insects, merely taking up space or causing damage.

The team spent a day out of the office to get their hands dirty and improve the appearance and natural life of the Blue Heron Boardwalk and Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation for the public.

Invasive species are a significant threat to many native habitats and species of the United States as well as being a significant cost to agriculture, forestry, and recreation. The removal of these species allows native plants to thrive and for the local habitat to grow properly.

Lee Shelton, group managing director of SIFCO ASC said: “Here in Cleveland, we are blessed with the Metro and National Parks right on our doorstep. We feel it is important to give something back by contributing to the upkeep of these wonderful parks. I’m proud of all the SIFCO ASC employees who took part as they all worked very hard and as a team to help make a difference.”

August 2013

SIFCO ASC Achieves Nadcap Approval to AC7108 for Chemical Processing

SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC), a world leading supplier of selective plating technology and solutions has achieved accreditation for chemical processing to AC7108 for the aerospace sector.

This Nadcap (National Aerospace and Defence Contractors Accreditation Program) accreditation has been expanded to include testing in support of our internal processes such as Hydrogen Embrittlement, Salt Spray, Taber Testing, Coating Weight and Coating Thickness.  This will give customers the opportunity to gain certified testing as required by industry specifications that fall under the supporting processes of AC7108 only.

The Cleveland, Ohio facility of SIFCO ASC has met the stringent requirements of the Nadcap accreditation, which allows them to be featured on the Qualified Manufacturers List (QML).

Lee Shelton, Group Managing Director of SIFCO ASC, said “We are extremely pleased to have been awarded this accreditation from Nadcap, as it is recognised within the industry as a leading standard. To be awarded this title is testament to our dedication to continuing to develop as a business and offer our customers the very best in products and solutions.”

Nadcap Approved

July 2013

SIFCO ASC Launches New Brand Identity and Website

New SIFCO ASC WebsiteSIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC), a world leading innovator of selective brush plating technology and solutions, has launched a new corporate identity and website showcasing the full range of its industry-leading products and services for component enhancement, repair and refurbishment.

The new identity reflects the company’s commitment to developing new solutions for selective plating processes and materials, working closely with customers and partners and integrating with parent company, Norman Hay plc.

Lee Shelton, Group Managing Director of SIFCO ASC, explains: “The SIFCO ASC brand is synonymous with selective brush plating and, while our core values of offering industry-leading products, service and technical support to our customers remains unchanged, we needed a fresher, cleaner image, in line with our confident new business growth strategy.”

SIFCO ASC offers innovative engineered deposits and world-class selective plating equipment to meet customers’ business needs and this has been reflected in a new tagline – “Advancing Selective Plating Technology”, to reflect the resource we devote to research and development.

We have designed the new website and branding to make it easier for visitors to clearly navigate through the company’s total product and service offering. Presenting strong visual impact throughout, the site is divided into industry-specific areas and provides sections detailing specific product options and applications, and associated services such as training.

“After becoming part of chemical and surface coating specialist, Norman Hay plc, it was also important that our new identity both echoed the family branding style and visualised the SIFCO Process®. We have done this by utilising the core colours of green and grey – grey as a metal substrate and green representing SIFCO Process® solutions. Green also represents the environmental advantages of our process and the initiatives we are undertaking to seek alternatives to hazardous chemicals and processing waste.”

SIFCO ASC to Showcase Selective Plating Solution at Offshore Europe 2013

OE2013World leading supplier of selective plating technology and solutions, SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC), is attending this year’s Offshore Europe event at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre in Aberdeen, UK, from 3rd – 6th September (Stand 2C29).

SIFCO ASC, part of Norman Hay plc, is a world leader in selective plating, with extensive experience repairing equipment and enhancing OEM components within the Oil & Gas industry, including the selective plating of copper onto premium threaded connections and onsite repair of offshore platform components.

The SPE Offshore Europe conference and exhibition attracts a global audience of more than 30,000 engineers, technical specialists and industry leaders. This year’s show follows the theme ‘The Next 50 Years’, to celebrate the continuing growth of the oil and gas industry and planning for the future.

Mark Smith, European General Manager for SIFCO ASC, comments: “Offshore Europe is a prestigious event and we are looking forward to showcasing our unique selective plating technology, also known as ‘The SIFCO Process’ with delegates, especially in line with the theme of future-proofing operations.

“We will be exhibiting with our sister company, Surface Technology, a global supplier of specialist engineering coatings for the oil and gas industry. Surface Technology has more than 40 years’ experience in the development and application of high performance surface treatments for a wide variety of applications, particularly within the oil and gas sectors in the UK and internationally.

“Our technical experts will be on hand throughout the exhibition to offer advice on specific industry issues, such as protection against corrosion, porosity wear and friction, as well as guidance on how to select the best solution for specific applications. Selecting the right surface treatment can have a significant impact on extending equipment life and can improve processes, reduce downtime and, in turn, operating costs, which is crucial when planning for the future.”

For further information on SIFCO ASC, visit and for details on Surface Technology, visit For details and to register for free entry to Offshore Europe, visit


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