Flipping the Switch on Anodizing
The idea of using square pulse anodizing is to have a higher average current density for the total process and thereby reduce the process time. When pulsating between two values of current density, a high period and a low period give the aluminum surface time to recover during the low-current-density period.
How Fabricators and Finishers Can Finish the Job—Fast
Fabricators and finishers can work together to reduce lead-time. Sheet metal fabricators and custom coaters—so alike in some ways, unlike in others—sometimes clash. Both juggle myriad orders of varying quantities and due dates, and both measure success on throughput: the more work they ship during a given period, the more revenue they can expect.
Taking It to the Max: Throughput changes that amount to 300% finishing improvement.
When it comes to getting maximum throughput and optimal first pass yield from their finishing departments, Metalcraft of Mayville has quite a story to tell.
Is Lean and Green Possible in the Finishing World?
Is it possible to be both lean and green in the finishing world? Lean manufacturing says that money spent on resources for any goal other than the creation of value is wasteful and should be eliminated.
Ripple Effect: Researchers say leveling of electrodeposits can be achieved by applying a small forcing voltage
Seeking smoother plating deposits? It may be all in the waves. This story looks at studies that have shown that superimposition of a small sinusoidal potential wave (smooth, repetitive oscillation) onto a potentiostatic bias can lead to more level electrodeposits in finishing.
Product Quality Means Better Cleaning
Choosing an Aqueous Parts Washing System: As machining technology has advanced, expectations for product quality have increased as well. But better finishes and tighter tolerances are not the only goals. The need for meeting more stringent cleaning standards has gained the attention of many shops.
Positive Energy Growth
Chrome Deposit Corp. reduces its energy use, minimizes its environmental impact and improves its energy-management practices.