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The Elimination of Whiskers from Electroplated Tin
When RoHS lead-free regulations began to take hold globally, tin and its alloys were the first choice as alternatives to eutectic tin/lead. On the solder side, the transition to using these alternatives has moved forward, but on the surface finish s...
Article: External Published: 8/13/2014
Chromium-free Etching and Palladium-free Plating of Plastics
Plastics are replacing metals in the manufacture of many parts, and quite often there is a need for metallic coatings on the plastics and other non-conductors. This paper will describe new processes of preparing ABS plastic substrates for subsequent...
Article: External Published: 8/13/2014
Hex Chromium-Free Sealants for Defense and Aerospace
Results of second phase of research conducted by top defense contractors.
Article Published: 8/1/2014
U.S. Army Improving Rock Island Arsenal Plating, Painting Systems
U.S. Army’s Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center in Illinois broke ground this spring on a $61-million infrastructure modernization projec
Article Published: 8/1/2014
Politics of Plating in California
California finishers converge on state capital.
Article Published: 7/1/2014
Toxic Heavy Metal Free Stabilized Electroless Nickel Processes
This paper will introduce an advanced alternative to Pb and Cd-free electroless nickel processes, which is completely free of toxic heavy metal (THM) stabilizers. The process and deposit characteristics will be discussed and compared to the traditio...
Article: External Published: 6/16/2014
Able And Ready For Arizona Plating Facility
Able Engineering’s Arizona plating facility specializes in aerospace repairs. See the video of the facility.
Article Published: 6/1/2014
Greener Hard Chromium Plating
By improving tribological properties as well as corrosion resistance, hard chromium plating can lower energy consumption of moving parts and machinery, reduce the need to replace parts frequently, leading to reduced waste and improved efficiency.
Article: External Published: 5/23/2014
Making the Switch from Hex to Tri Chrome
Massachusetts finisher Independent Plater switches with the help of TURI university program
Article Published: 5/1/2014
A New Sacrificial Corrosion Protection Mechanism for High Performance Zinc/Aluminum Flake Coating Systems and Applications
This report describes how the corrosion-protection capability of a new zinc/aluminum flake coating system is supported by a sacrificial corrosion-protection mechanism.
Article: External Published: 5/1/2014

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