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Benchmarking a Plating Operation to No. 1
Indiana’s Electro-Spec uses Top Shops data to improve efficiencies.
Article Published: 10/1/2016
Anodized Metal Maiden
Minnesota woman opens Premier Anodizing to complement her existing chain maille business and hoped to increase production of jump rings for jewelry to 1,000 a week. Now the business produces over a million a day.
Article Published: 10/1/2016
New PCB Plating Process Is Reshoring Success for Whelen Engineering
Whelen Engineering was among the thousands of OEMs that sourced its printed circuit boards from Asia until increasing costs led the company to build—greenfield and in-house—America’s first new rigid PCB shop in 15 years.
Article Published: 9/1/2016
Go-To-Gal: Stacey Bales, Bales Metal Surface Solutions
Stacey Bales is president of the company she owns with her sister, Sara Bales, and took on the challenge of leading Bales after their father’s death.
Article Published: 9/1/2016
Electroless Nickel Plating Formulation For Automotive And Mechanical Parts
Electro less plating processes are considered to be much convenient, cheaper and best for deposition on parts with lot of holes, cleavages, bents, curves, abnormal shapes, threading etc., effectively and economically.
Article: External Published: 8/18/2016
Balancing an Electroless Nickel Bath to Optimize Performance
While today’s EN baths are much more user friendly than they were even 10 years ago, plating shops still strive to maintain consistent, trouble-free operation. The following provides a basic understanding of EN bath control.
Article Published: 8/1/2016
Go-To-Guy: Dave Dunn, Operations Manager, Silvex
Dunn began at Silvex (Westbrook, Maine) in 1976 as a driver. Through the years, he has worked as the shipping and receiving manager, production supervisor and in sales.
Article Published: 8/1/2016
NASF: Congress Moves to Pass Toxic Chemicals Reform Act Legislation
Efforts to modernize the U.S. rules for chemicals under the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) have been underway for the past several years and success is near. On May 24, the House approved the compromise measure by a 403 to 12 vote.
Article Published: 7/1/2016
Top Shops Profile: Barry Avenue Plating
Los Angeles-based Barry Avenue Plating was founded in 1947, and Chuck Kearsley is president and Cruz Maldonado is vice president of operations. They opened BAP Aerospace in Mexico in 2012 to serve that region.
Article Published: 7/1/2016
40 Under 40: Apple's Sean Novak Goes from Job Shop To Corporate Leader
Novak went from being a young chemical engineer who was hired by Anoplate out of Syracuse University to manager of the surface finishing team at Apple Inc., a Cupertino, California-based conglomerate.
Article Published: 7/1/2016

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