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SBA Mentor-Protégé Program
Will the federal mentor-protégé programs help improve a small business' chances for a federal contract?
Guarding Against Counterfeit Parts
We have been doing a lot of defense work lately and are concerned about counterfeit parts. How can we protect ourselves?
Can we (the supplier) refuse to agree to early termination of a contract unless the customer agrees to increased prices or other concessions?
Anodize Cooling System Design
What material would you recommend for the chilling system that I need to install for my anodizing tank, which has a capacity of 1,800 L (475 gal)? Can I go for Type 316 stainless steel or copper pipe with lead plating?
Technical References for Anodizing
Are there any resources to read and keep on hand as references for troubleshooting appearance issues?
Chromic Acid Anodize Failing Salt Spray Testing
We are performing salt spray testing on 2024 and 7075 alloy test panels that have been Type I (Chromic Acid) anodized. The test panels have been sealed in DI water at 96°C (205°F) for 25 min. The panels fail the salt spray test within 24 hr.
When Black Dye is Not Black
We are sending aluminum extrusions to our outside anodizer for Type II anodize and black dye, and we are encountering several problems, notably that the newly black anodized parts exhibit a greenish tint.
Painting Anodized Aluminum
Can you tell me the pros and cons of painting anodized aluminum?
Salts Build-up Around The Top of The Cathodes
The aluminum cathode bars in our Type II anodizing tank have become completely encrusted with white “salts” at the solution/air interface.
Producing a Thick Anodic Coating on 6061-T6
Our customer has requested .004-inch (100µ, 4 mil) coating thickness on 6061-T6. We normally anodize this part to .002-inch thickness. Our process is 28 V, bath temperature 32°F, for 1 hr. We are not sure of exactly what the best procedure is to har...