On My Mind: Workforce Illiteracy
A recent study by Educational Testing Service (Princeton, NJ) found that the literacy of American adults ranks 10th out of 17 industrialized nations.
Tarnished Electroless Nickel
Question: We have a sporadic problem with parts tarnishing after electroless nickel plating.
Dot Commentary: Ten "Must Bookmark" Sites for Finishers
I'm very big into bookmarking.
Electrochemical Finishing experimented with several electroless nickel baths until it found one that produced maximum brightness even after 12 turnovers…
Question: I have been given the task of evaluating and upgrading the filtration processes on our plating tanks.
Painting Stainless Steel
Question: I know that this is not an industrial item but I am associated with the painting industry by default and need some help.
You've all heard numerous conversion stories that detailed the transition from paint to powder. But, with the advent of chrome powder coatings, there's a new story to tell…
Where’s My Silver?
Question: We specialize in the plating of silver on electrical components used in the electric industry.
Chromium Plating Information
Question: I want to learn as much about chromium plating as I can before starting a hard chromium plating shop.
Comments on Cleaning with Trichloroethylene
Question: In your August 2001 column, I read your answer to the question on outsourcing cleaning with TCE.
Visible Bond Lines
Question: We are a smaller manufacturing company that makes high-end loudspeakers.
Putting the Shine Back on the Gloss Problem
Question: This may be of interest regarding (NH4)2CO3, which is ammonium carbonate.
Cleaning Before Passivating
Question: I need some advice.
Easy Waste Treatment for Spent EN Baths
Anyone who plates electroless nickel in their shop knows the difficulties inherent with trying to waste treat spent EN baths in-house.
By moving into a new facility, Depor was able to build a dip/spin line that met its requirements. The new line has improved the company's efficiency and reduced its environmental impact…
Stripping Paint Fixtures and Racks
Question: Can someone hook me up with a company that can strip paint from paint fixtures or racks from my paint shop?
A capsule report…
Pricing Powder Coating
Question: I was wondering if you could send me the formula for pricing powder coating?
Question: I need literature on high gloss problems concerning liquid paint and conventional oven curing.
Passivation of 440C Material
Question: Can you explain what would cause 440C material to etch in a passivation bath of sodium dichromate/nitric operated at 120F?
Blending new technology with old time craftsmanship gave Northcoast Sign Works its niche in the sign creating business…
Question: I just read your column in the November 2001 issue.
Parts of Another Color
Question: How can we color differentiate small parts that are similar to each other but have different size threads?
Painting Automobile Springs
Question: I just read your column where you reminisced about driving your daughter to a full service shop for tires.
Perspectives: The Cost of Non-Environmental Compliance
Sometimes it seems that federal agencies are only around to make and enforce laws and regulations.