New Anodizing Line Helps Michigan Shop Add Services to Growing Region

Premier Finishing in Walker, Michigan, now offers Type II and hardcoat anodizing in clear, black and blue colors.

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Premier Finishing in Walker, Michigan, has added anodizing to its finishing services and recently completed installation of a new line.

Company president, Andy Ribbens, says the line became operational in 2016 and will augment industrial parts washing, vibratory deburring and black oxide services the 30-employee company has offered since opening in 1997.

“A lot of our black oxide customers have asked us over the years to get into anodizing,” Ribbens says. “Western Michigan manufacturing is doing well now, as we have predominately automotive and furniture industries as our customer base.”

Premier Finishing’s staff helped build and install the anodizing line, with technical assistance from Larry Chesterfield, president of Anodizing Technologies, who also writes the anodizing expert column in Products Finishing magazine.

“I have been reading Larry’s articles for years and thought he would be a great resource, which of course he is,” Ribbens says.

Ribbens purchased rectifiers and controllers from American Plating Power, a Viron scrubber and duct work, Process Technology heaters and uses Haviland and Reliant chemistries.

The new equipment allows Premier Finishing to provide Type II and hardcoat anodizing in clear, black and blue colors. The company can dip parts in Teflon post processing to add increased lubricity and can meet various specifications, including Mil-A-8625F and ASTM-B580.

It also offers the true hot black oxide process using chemistry from Heatbath, as well as a wide variety of rust inhibitors. 

“Things are going well,” Ribbens says. “There was definitely a learning curve for us with anodizing, but investing in good equipment has helped us provide consistent, quality anodizing.”

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