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NASF REPORT: Is EPA Playing Dirty With Chromium Data?
NASF’s Jeff Hannapel and Christian Richter point to major flaws, bad precedent in EPA chromium air rule. NASF leaders have submitted a 100-page package of comments to the EPA in response to the agency’s proposed rule for chromium finishing operation...
Article Published: 5/1/2012
Finding Lost Profits In Your Finishing Line
The finishing division of White Castle restaurants teamed with Profit Finders, a continuous improvement company specializing in data collection and analysis, to look at ways to increase process efficiencies.
Article Published: 5/1/2012
Sand + Snow Makes Pretreatment Essential
Polaris' finishing department made sure its cleaning and pretreatment process was doing the job right before they electrocoated and powder coated popular off-road vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and military vehicles. SEE THE VIDEO
Article Published: 5/1/2012
Meeting the Critical Cleaning Challenge
Today’s parts cleaning industry faces numerous challenges that can make the selection of an effective critical cleaning system difficult
Article Published: 4/1/2012
Are Ionic Liquids Right for Your Parts Cleaning Job?
Ionic liquids have also been considered for parts cleaning applications because of their negligible vapor pressure, high thermal and electrochemical stability, and low melting points of less than 100°C.
Article Published: 4/1/2012
Flipping the Switch on Anodizing
The idea of using square pulse anodizing is to have a higher average current density for the total process and thereby reduce the process time. When pulsating between two values of current density, a high period and a low period give the aluminum su...
Article Published: 3/1/2012
Just How Clean Is Clean?
Most finishing consultants have lost count of the number of times that inadequate cleaning and pretreatment was the cause of defective painting or plating. Skip plating, blistering, delamination—these are just some of the commonly found defects caus...
Article Published: 2/1/2012
Climbing the Nadcap Ladder for Certification
The Nadcap program is recognized as the premier accreditation program for aerospace and defense contractor supplier accreditation. With this accreditation, an anodizer can effectively access the supplier world of the aerospace and defense industries...
Article Published: 12/1/2011
Anodizing for Bonding Applications in Aerospace
Anodizing for pre-prep bonding bridges the gap between the metallic and composite worlds, as it provides a superior surface in many applications on aluminum components for bonding to these composites.
Article Published: 12/1/2011
Flying High with BSAA: Environmentally friendly alternative to chromic acid anodize
BSAA oxide coating exhibits many of the same properties as the aluminum oxide coating that is derived from the chromic acid process.
Article Published: 10/1/2011

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