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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?
Ask an Expert Published: 7/1/2013
Supplier Contracts
Can we (the supplier) refuse to agree to early termination of a contract unless the customer agrees to increased prices or other concessions?
Ask an Expert Published: 7/1/2013
Black, Pitted Areas on Anodized Parts
We anodize aluminum cookware and have recently been getting parts with black pits scattered all over them. What is this and how might it be happening?
Ask an Expert Published: 5/6/2013
“Water-Break-Free” Test
What is a “water-break failure” test?
Ask an Expert Published: 5/3/2013
Sealing Parts After Two Months
Is it possible and practical to seal hardcoat anodized (Type III) parts that have been in storage for about two months?
Ask an Expert Published: 4/29/2013
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?
Ask an Expert Published: 4/22/2013
Pink Coating on BSA Parts
I understand that iron and poor current can cause a pink coating on boric-sulfuric anodized (BSA) parts. What levels of iron are permissible before reaching the pink-colored coating? Are there any other things we could be missing?
Ask an Expert Published: 2/7/2013
Chemical Film Staining
What technique is used to avoid staining on aluminum parts when chemical film per Mil-C-5541 is applied?
Ask an Expert Published: 2/1/2013
Critical Holes Out of Tolerance
The aerospace detail parts we send out for anodizing are often coated with a chemical film (Alodine) to aid in the application of masking. When the Alodine is dissolved before anodizing, the precise diameters of holes are often eroded oversize, whic...
Ask an Expert Published: 1/28/2013
Parts Burning During Hard Anodizing
What could cause parts to burn during hard anodizing?
Ask an Expert Published: 11/7/2012

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