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Published: 5/17/2017

Top Shops: First Pass Quality Yield
First pass quality yield is an extremely important benchmarking measurement of how well a shop is performing to specification and meeting the requirement of the customer.

Published: 5/10/2017

Top Shops: On-Time Delivery
On-time delivery is a critical component of the relationship between supplier and customer. It is also crucial in industrial finishing because the plating aspect is often the last step in the product's manufacturing process.

Published: 5/3/2017

Top Shops: Capacity Utilization
Electroplating shops surveyed in the 2017 Products Finishing Top Shops Benchmarking Survey have an average capacity utilization ratio of 65 percent. Those in the Top Shops — meaning in the 80th percentile — fared far better at 80 percent capacity us...

Published: 4/12/2017

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...

Published: 4/10/2017

Michigan Plater Dave Marsh Passes
Marsh was an instrumental person in the finishing industry and was a vital member of the National Association for Surface Finishing's Government Advisory Committee (GAC) for many years.

Published: 4/5/2017

Formal Training Hours Per Employee Per Year
When it comes to formal training, more than 40 percent of employees get between 8-20 hours of training each year, the largest category in the Products Finishing Top Shops Benchmarking Survey for 2017 among electroplaters.

Published: 3/30/2017

Valence Surface Technologies Acquires MAPSCO
Trive Capital, Dallas-based private equity firm, announces that its portfolio company, Valence Surface Technologies has acquired Magnetic and Penetrant Services Company (MAPSCO).

Published: 3/15/2017

Training Hours Per Year Per Employee
More than 58 percent of shops provide their employees with 8 to 20 hours of formal training each year, the largest segment in the 2016 Products Finishing Top Shops Benchmarking Survey.

Published: 3/8/2017

Wastewater Treatment Hours Per Week
Finishing shops spend an inordinant amount of time managing their wastewater treatment operations.

Published: 2/8/2017

Quote-To-Book Ratios
Products Finishing Top Shops had an 80 percent quote-to-book ratio, far higher than the remaining shops, which had a 16 percent quote-to-book ratio. The median was 50 percent of jobs booked, while the average of all shops was 51.2 percent.