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Anodizing Clinic: Water Quality in the Anodizing Process
Q. I would like to know more about the physical and chemical parameters that are used to evaluate the quality of water used in the anodizing process. What are the standard limits of water quality for each step in the process? Also, why do we need to...
Ask an Expert Published: 1/1/2017
Anodizing Clinic: Sealing with Distilled Water
Q. Can distilled water be substituted for deionized water? Our facility can create a distilled water heated bath fairly easily because we already produce distilled water for another process. A DI water bath would be much more expensive. 
Ask an Expert Published: 1/1/2017
Anodizing Clinic: Painting Parts After Anodizing; Seal, or No Seal?
Q. In conversations with our anodizer on the best way to seal parts for adhesion prior to painting, he referred to a choice of either a final hot water immersion at around 120°F with no seal or a hot water seal at a much higher temperature. What is ...
Ask an Expert Published: 12/28/2016
Anodizing Clinic: Measuring Color of Coatings with a Colorimeter
Q. Recently, a company asked us to match its samples so we could do work for them. According to our method, we matched the samples, but they were rejected when they were sent to the company. We were told the samples were out of tolerance. We discove...
Ask an Expert Published: 12/1/2016
Anodizing: Corrosion on Hardcoat Anodized 7000 Series Forging
Q. I sent you photos of two parts that are alloy 7050 forgings. On these parts there are spots that appeared as a result of Type III (hardcoat) anodizing that were not present before anodizing. They look like corrosion of some sort, but the corrosio...
Ask an Expert Published: 11/3/2016
What’s New in the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016
The Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) of 2016 passed with overwhelming support and the Act is now effective, impacting how a company can protect its assets. Below is a recap of what is new and what every company should be looking to do in light of thi...
Ask an Expert Published: 10/1/2016
Plating Clinic: Adhesion of Brush Plated Deposits
Q. How well does a brush-plated deposit adhere to the base metal?
Ask an Expert Published: 9/1/2016
Anodizing Q&A: Black Dyed Parts Require Excellent Lightfastness
How long does an 8-rated dye last?
Ask an Expert Published: 5/1/2016
Anodizing Q&A: Black, Pitted Areas on Anodized Parts
What are the black pits on my parts? How is this happening?
Ask an Expert Published: 5/1/2016
Legal Q&A: Changing Compliance Expectations
How should companies respond to the government’s increased emphasis on compliance?
Ask an Expert Published: 4/1/2016

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