Kirk Lauver from Chemcut Corporation gave a Maintenance Tips for PCM Etching Equipment presentation for the PCMI New England Chapter on Tuesday, June 20. During the presentation Kirk discussed the following:
The overarching objective of car manufacturers the world over is make increasingly clean and increasingly fuel-efficient vehicles. As such, the demand for Gasoline Direct Injection (GDi) systems is growing, as GDi systems dramatically reduce CO2 emissions.
The growth in the GDi market is staggering. In 2008 it was estimated that about 2% of cars built incorporated this technology, but recent predictions suggest that by 2020, 25% will include GDi systems as standard.
PCMI Fall 2017 International Technical Conference
October 7 – 11, 2017
The PCMI Fall 2017 International Conference Committee is looking for speakers to make technical presentations. If you have an interesting program idea related to the photo chemical machining process, you are invited to submit an abstract proposal for consideration by the PCMI Fall 2017 Conference Committee. » Read more about: Call for Presentations »
The Photo Chemical Machining Institute’s 50th Anniversary Commemorative Journal will be published in January 2017. It offers friends of the PCMI and those active in the PCM industry throughout the world the opportunity to:
RECOGNIZE current and former company employees active in the PCMI and PCM industry over the past 50 years.
Professor Allen’s new book “Photochemical Machining and Photoelectroforming” includes some material from his old book “The Principles and Practice of Photochemical Machining and Photoetching” published in 1986 but now out of print.
However, the book has been thoroughly revised and updated and also includes new Chapters covering phototooling, metal preparation, photoresists, ferric chloride, cupric chloride, etchant regeneration, etchants for precious metals, stainless steels, magnesium, titanium, difficult-to-etch materials, aluminium, chromium, molybdenum and tungsten, process control, PCM products, electrolytic photoetching, photoelectroforming and its products.
“Through the PCMI, we learned of Professor David Allen’s availability to perform an evaluation of etching facilities with a view towards enhancing operational efficiencies and otherwise lowering costs. David identified several opportunities for improving our operation that resulted in a measurable increase in our operating margin. After the cost of the evaluation, Conard’s savings justified the PCMI’s dues by a factor of 20 or more - per annum!”
Bill Fox, President,
“Every PCMI meeting I attend provides insights and hints to improve the processes used back at our shops and factories.
The wealth of information exchanged at these meetings is invaluable. Time saving shortcuts and formula tweaks are but a couple of valuable perks I have brought home.”
Phil Greiner, Tooling Manager, PEI
"The most important thing for me at the PCMI is networking.
Having the right contacts, based on trust and integrity, mutual problems may change into mutual benefits."
Harrie Knol, Manager, R&D, Veco, The Netherlands
"When I first purchased my PCM company, the only knowledge of chemical etching that I had was what I had learned from visiting my uncle’s circuit board company.
I joined PCMI shortly after I purchased my company. Over the years the PCMI technical sessions and the chance to learn and talk with other owners and suppliers at meetings has contributed to my firm's growth and profitability in an environmentally friendly manner.
The cost of PCMI membership has been well worth the money."
Jerry Williams, President, United Western Enterprises, Inc. Camarillo, California, USA
"I joined PCMI in 1994 when my company was just a small local job shop encountering dozens of daily problems for which we were ill equipped to solve. As we developed relationships with other PCMI members, they shared their experiences and we learned to work more effectively and efficiently.
Today I only have to make a few phone calls to my PCMI friends and I can get answers to pressing problems right away. PCMI membership and conference attendance has proven to be of great importance to the growth and development of my company."
Paolo Iellici, General Manager, Chemical Machining Spa, San Donato Milanese, Italy