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Top Plating Certifications
More than 63 percent of all shops have an ISO9001 certification, the international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system. That was the top certification for platers in the 2017 Products Finishing Top Shops Benchmarking...
Arlington Plating Co. Opens Anodizing Operation
Arlington Plating Co. (APC) announces the installation of an anodizing line at its Palatine, Illinois, headquarters.
Hazard Waste Management Hours Per Week
Hazardous waste management is one of the hardest responsibilities of a finishing shops due to the regulatory requirement of local, state and federal agencies. The average plating shop in the 2016 Products Finishing Top Shops Benchmarking Survey spen...
Lou Hirbour, former Technic VP, passes
Hirbour had been with Technic for 50 years, beginning as a salesman in the Northeast U.S. in 1961. In later years, he developed Technic’s West Coast regional sales operations and was instrumental in opening the Asian markets for Technic products.
Scrap/Rework Rate as a Pct of Shop Sales
We surveyed plating shops on their scrap and rework rates, and asked them to determine what it was as a percentage of overall sales. The Top Shops came in at a much higher rate of 4.0 percent, which may mean they scrutinize their finished parts more...
Finishing Usage Per Day
In a typical 24-hour day, the Products Finishing Top Shops averaged around 20 hours of usage on their finishing lines, according to the 2016 benchmarking survey. The average was 15 hours per day, amd the median was 14. All other shops used their lin...
Environmental Management Hours Per Week
The 2016 survey showed that Top Shops spent 40 hours per week in environmental management. The average was 26.5 hours and the median was 10 hours. Those shops that are not in the Top Shops program were spending around 2.5 hours per week in environme...
Southern California Platers Search for PFOS Alternatives
SCAQMD, the air pollution control agency for Orange County and the urban portions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, requires platers to use a SCAQMD-certified chemical fume suppressant.
Survey: On-Time Delivery Rate
On-time delivery rate is a crucial factor in customer service when it comes to the finishing industry. In our Top Shops Benchmarking Survey for electroplaters, the top 20 percent of shops had a 99.0 percent on-time rate; all other shops had a 90.0 p...
Asterion White Paper Details How Water Selection Impacts the Plating Process
“Water and the Plating Process” is authored by technical sales engineer Jake Fisher, and details how water plays an integral and critical role in the plating process.