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Balancing an Electroless Nickel Bath to Optimize Performance

While today’s EN baths are much more user friendly than they were even 10 years ago, plating shops still strive to maintain consistent, trouble-free operation. The following provides a basic understanding of EN bath control. more(+)

Building a Better CARC Coating

U.S. Army's ECBC research will ultimately improve combat vehicle protective coatings. more(+)

Coating Plastic Parts More Efficiently

Quality, costs and sustainability in focus with liquid coatings. more(+)

Parts Cleaning: Understanding the Process of Vacuum Cycling Nucleation

VCN process is accomplished by reducing the total pressure in a controlled-environment chamber that contains the components to be cleaned submerged in a solvent or an aqueous solution. more(+)

Tomorrow is Here for Silvex’s Dan Atkinson

Dan Atkinson had always planned to go to Hawaii and Yosemite, and even skydive, but it was always tomorrow that he would plan for it. After battling cancer, Maine electroplater is learning to live life. more(+)

IoT and Industry 4.0 for Finishers. Are You Ready?

Internet of Things is the next industrial revolution, and it’s near. more(+)

Go-To-Guy: Dave Dunn, Operations Manager, Silvex

Dunn began at Silvex (Westbrook, Maine) in 1976 as a driver. Through the years, he has worked as the shipping and receiving manager, production supervisor and in sales. more(+)

A Conversation With ... Mike Gallagher, Therma-Tron-X

Mike Gallagher is the sales manager at Therma-Tron-X in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and in June retired after a 40-plus-year career in the surface finishing industry. more(+)

40 Under 40: The 2016 Class is Full of Leaders

Young professionals are a vital asset to the finishing industry. Products Finishing is recognizing the industry’s top young talent through an annual 40 Under 40 program. more(+)

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Balancing an Electroless Nickel Bath to Optimize Performance

While today’s EN baths are much more user friendly than they were even 10 years ago, plating shops still strive to maintain consistent, trouble-free operation. The following provides a basic understanding of EN bath control.

Parts Cleaning: Does the Cleaning Agent Work?

Cleaning is a process. For this discussion, let’s focus on the cleaning agent itself. Choosing the right cleaning agent (aqueous or solvent) involves a number of factors.

Parts Cleaning: Aqueous System Handles Tighter Cleaning Specs for Intricate Plans

Where 10 years ago, particle sizes of 1,000 microns captured in a millipore patch test might have been acceptable, today heavy equipment OEMs commonly demand maximum particle sizes of 600 microns or less.

Powder Clinic: Containment Air Velocity

Q. What is the correct containment air velocity in a powder booth?

Powder Clinic: Pinholes Mentioned in July Issue

Q. Just read the article in most recent issue of PF about our problem and wanted to respond with what we found out.

Powder Clinic: Is Blasting Enough for Preparation?

Q. I am looking into making the switch from liquid to powder coating. I have an experienced powder coater who says all my aluminum and steel parts need is to be blasted, and that should be good enough. But I am finding mixed reviews online. So is there any truth to it? Can I simply sand blast my parts and go straight into finishing them?
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