PCMI Educational Webinar Series Will Continue

Webinar Series 2021 2022

PCMI is pleased to announced that the PCMI Webinar Series will continue this December and into 2022. The PCMI Education Committee designed the one-hour webinar programs to share information on crucial PCM processes.

You can register now for one or all three. Details are below.

PCMI members that register for all three, will receive a 20% discount on the already low registration fee.

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Maintenance Tips for PCM Etching Equipment

December 2, 2021
11:00 am – 12:00 pm (EST

Presented by:
Kirk Lauver, Marketing Specialist, Chemcut Corporation, US

Abstract:
Maintenance is usually looked at as mechanical and electrical part replacement. PCM etching equipment requires both special materials of construction and chemical solutions that are not part of the average maintenance technician’s training. Therefore, topics for this presentation will focus on these specialized areas:

  • Lubricants for plastics and elastomer components;
  • Centrifugal pumps with a little pump science;
  • Chemistry issues affecting etching machine cleaning (performance); and
  • Nozzle cleaning and inspection with a little nozzle science

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Exploring the Different Etchants Used in the PCM Industry- Best Practices = Pro and Cons – Safety Issues

February 23, 2022
11:00 am – 12:00 pm (EST)

Presented by:
David Allen, Emeritus Professor of Microengineering, Cranfield University, UK
Peter Jefferies, Innovation Technology Leader Heatric, Division of Meggitt, UK
Kirk Lauver, Marketing Specialist, Chemcut Corporation, US

Abstract:
This webinar reviews etchants used in the PCM industry. Data has been abstracted from 25 years of PCMI surveys on etchant usage and materials etched. The information presented details

  • pros and cons of etchant selection,
  • best practices,
  • lowering of costs/environmental impact by etchant regeneration and
    health, safety and disposal issues

for the six most commonly-used PCM etchants (ferric chloride, ferric nitrate, cupric chloride, hydrofluoric acid, potassium ferricyanide and iodine/potassium iodide).This webinar is specifically targeted at personnel working with PCM who wish to know more about the range of etchants used within the PCM industry and how best to apply them to etch a wide range of metals and alloys.

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Solvent Extraction of Dissolved Nickel and Chromium from Spent Ferric Chloride Etchants

March 30, 2022
11:00 am – 12:00 pm (EST)

Presented by:
Peter Jefferies, Innovation Technology Leader Heatric, Division of Meggitt, UK’
David Allen, Emeritus Professor of Microengineering, Cranfield University, UK
TBA, De Dietrich Process Systems Ltd., UK

Abstract:
This webinar is being designed to be different in format from PCMI webinars previously held. It is intended that this webinar will be an interactive workshop and that registered delegates will be sent a questionnaire prior to the webinar regarding company consumption of ferric chloride etchant and the volumes of etchant that require disposal over a year of etching activity.

Professor Allen will introduce the topic for the webinar and refer to research suggesting that, after etching materials such as stainless steels, the dissolved nickel and chromium can be removed from the spent etchant by the process of solvent extraction.

Dr Jefferies will follow up by providing details of the extremely large volumes of spent ferric chloride generated within Heatric and will outline the increasing running costs involved as waste disposal costs continue to increase. He will also illustrate how solvent extraction of dissolved metals would reduce those costs and lower the environmental impact of ferric chloride waste.

After discussions with delegates on volumes of waste ferric chloride generated within their companies, an employee of De Dietrich Process Systems will show how the industrial process of solvent extraction could be used to remove nickel and chromium salts from spent etchant so that the ferric chloride can be purified for further etching in its regenerated form or sold as a useful starting material for processes such as flocculation in wastewater treatment.

It is hoped that this workshop will result in a consortium of PCM companies interested in supporting practical initiatives to explore economic methods of dissolved metal extraction from spent ferric chloride etchant.

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If you are interested in purchasing any of the past sessions, please contact Katie at katie@pcmi.org.

 

 

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