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Published: 2/1/2017

Reducing Hexavalent Chromium in Military Anodizing Operations
How U.S. Air Force facilities transitioned a dichromate sealer replacement.

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.

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.

Published: 9/1/2016

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.

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.

Published: 8/1/2016

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.

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.

Published: 7/1/2016

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.

Published: 7/1/2016

Apple's Novak Goes from Shop To Corporate Leader
Sean Novak went from being a young chemical engineer at Anoplate to manager of the surface finishing team at Apple Inc.

Published: 7/1/2016

40 Under 40: Apple's Sean Novak Leads New Generation of Finishing Leaders
Novak has reached the apex of his career (so far) as manager of the surface finishing team at Apple Inc., a Cupertino, California-based conglomerate that designs, develops and sells consumer electronics, software and online services.