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2017 Hall of Fame Inductees
Frederick Gumm, John Horner, Dr. Leslie Lancy, John Lindstedt and Milt Stevenson Sr. were elected by a panel for their contributions to the surface finishing industry.
Reducing Hexavalent Chromium in Military Anodizing Operations
How U.S. Air Force facilities transitioned a dichromate sealer replacement.
Better Alloy Control of Alkaline Zinc Nickel Baths
The factors that influence nickel content in deposits from alkaline non-cyanide zinc nickel baths.
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.
Top Surface Finishing Innovations of 2016
We look back at the industry’s top new products and services for the past year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.