Cadmium and Chromium Substitutes
Question: Where can I find some up-to-date information on various substitutes for cadmium and chromium?
Question: We specialize in decorative chromium using the classic copper/nickel/bright nickel/chromium process.
Chromate Conversion Coatings and Temperature Revisited
Another reader pointed out that the QQ-P-416, Type II, Class 2 specification clearly states that the conversion coating is not intended for long-term exposure to temperatures over 150F or to intermittent exposure over 300F.
Preventing Leaks in PVC Piping
Question: We use a bleach solution to treat cyanide and a caustic solution to raise pH in our wastewater pretreatment system.
Yellow Badge of Courage
Question: What is the best way to remove the yellow stains that some of my chrome platers acquire during the workday?
Question: Our company manufactures equipment that requires individual testing prior to painting.
Perspectives: How Will They Know if We Don't Tell Them?
Please don't ask me why, but there are times when I sit and think about all the ways finishing is involved in life. (Maybe it's because the fish aren't biting.) Of course there are the obvious ways: car, appliances, computer, fishing lures.
Plating on Powdered Metal
Question: We are trying to plate some parts made of powdered metal.
Users of compressed air can improve energy efficiency, start and stop motors repeatedly and reduce maintenance costs and noise levels with rotary screw compressors incorporating variable frequency drives…
Recovering Electropolish Solution
Question: My company uses a proprietary solution to electropolish stainless steel and incolloy components.
On My Mind: Opportunity Awaits
Traditionally, shops tended to perform one type of finishing operation - plating, painting, mechanical finishing, etc.
Electrocoating Powdered Metal Parts
Question: Can powdered metal parts be electrocoated?
Reporting Chemicals in Fuel Oil
Question: I am the facility engineer for a manufacturing plant that uses fuel oil to operate our boilers.
Question: How can I find a job shop electrocoater or consultant?
Coating Dock Hardware
Question: I am looking for information about how powder coating compares to hot dip galvanizing in terms of protection and cost.
Monitoring and controlling a powder coating system by modem linked to a remote computer provides the ability for remote diagnosis and adjustment, reducing the need for on-site service...
Dot Commentary: Introducing... ShowBuilder!
Here at Products Finishing, we're always looking for new ways to use the Internet to enhance the real-world experience of our readers.
Anodizing Emission Rates
Question: I am trying to find information about anodizing emission rates.
Profiles, Inc., moved to a new facility, installed a new cleaning line and doubled its capacity. The new line also gave the company greater flexibility when choosing a custom coating based on surface preparation or other variables...
Bright Dip for Stainless Steel - Safety Warning
The July 2001 issue of this column gave a formulation for the bright dipping of stainless steel.
Corrosion Resistant Powder Coatings
Question: Some of the outdoor equipment (switchgear, transformers, etc.) we make is mounted in extremely corrosive atmospheres in Korea.