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Aerospace Finishing’s Race to the Moon
In our 80th year, a look back at how finishing helped NASA-led space projects.
Article Published: 12/1/2016
80 Years Helping Finishers
Our readers share how Products Finishing has helped their careers as the magazine celebrates its 80th year covering the finishing industry.
Article Published: 12/1/2016
Top Surface Finishing Innovations of 2016
We look back at the industry’s top new products and services for the past year.
Article Published: 12/1/2016
Bumper Crop for Valley Chrome
Once an exclusive plating operation, the California company has transformed into one of the largest manufacturers of accessories for the automobile and trucking industry, selling about 50,000 bumpers per year.
Article Published: 11/1/2016
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

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