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Better Alloy Control of Alkaline Zinc Nickel Baths

The factors that influence nickel content in deposits from alkaline non-cyanide zinc nickel baths. more(+)

Smooth Sailing for Liquid Finisher

With new technology, a boat yard improves production efficiency and enhances finish quality. more(+)

2017 Finishing Industry Economic Forecast

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A Conversation with Dr. Sjon Westre, Chemeon Surface Technology

Dr. Westre was named vice president of technology for Chemeon in October with an emphasis on anodizing and conversion coating solutions. more(+)

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40 Under 40: The 2016 Class is Full of Leaders

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Top Surface Finishing Innovations of 2016

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Plating Clinic: EN Plate-Out on Equipment

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Mechanical Finishing Clinic: Vibratory Finishing Process That Produces a Visual Blasted Finish

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Mechanical Finishing Clinic: Automated Abrasive Finishing for High-Volume Production

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