Arlington Plating Co. Opens Materials Reliability Testing Laboratory

Arlington Plating Co. (APC) recently completed the installation of a new materials reliability testing laboratory at its Palatine, Illinois, location.

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Arlington Plating Co. (APC) recently completed the installation of a new materials reliability testing laboratory at its Palatine, Illinois, location. Staffed by a team of highly skilled technical and quality engineers, the laboratory conducts thickness, hardness and composition testing of electroplated and anodized products.

According to the company, material characterization and failure-mode analysis are performed using STEP analysis (Simultaneous Thickness and Electrochemical Potential) and multilayer thickness through cross section and electrical conductivity of non-magnetic metals (e.g. copper and aluminum). In-house capabilities also include coulometric hardness testing, X-Ray fluorescence non-destructive analysis to determine material composition and involves Eddy current and cross-sectional thickness methodology for anodized products.

The APC Materials Reliability Testing Laboratory is equipped to perform tests following the ASTM and ISO standards. Stress, ductility, adhesion, temperature resistance, alkaline resistance, car wash simulation and other tests are conducted daily. The lab also includes a micro-hardness tester to verify stable hardness of various nickel deposits.

“As an industry-leading Top Shop, we recognize that the need for best-in-class laboratory services is required to certify that the highest quality coatings are being consistently applied to components,” Richard Macary, president of Arlington Plating Company, says. “It is for this reason that Arlington Plating Company employs a multi-faceted, quality-driven approach to ensure that our electroplated products, as well as our aluminum anodizing meet stringent product quality and testing criteria for a diversity of industry applications.”

You can go inside the company's laboratories by watching the video below. 

 

For more information, visit arlingtonplating.com.