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EN-Boron Coatings Take Shine Off Hard Chrome
In the search for the “next best thing,” some platers are turning to an electroless nickel bath with boron, often with remarkable success and outstanding results. Thus, the reintroduction of NiB as a cost-effective Chrome replacement.
Article Published: 10/1/2012
Gas And Oil Platers Are Striking Black Gold in Texas
Houston Plating & Coatings and CEO Bill Howard are reaping the boom in oil and gas industry by running at capacity in its Houston plant, expanding capacity at its Humble plant by 50 percent, and building a new, 80,000-sq-ft plant in Louisiana that w...
Article Published: 8/1/2012
NASF REPORT: SUR/FIN 2012 Excels in Las Vegas
This year’s NASF conference in Las Vegas was said by many to be the “best SUR/FIN” they attended in some time.
Article Published: 8/1/2012
An Introduction to Cyclic Corrosion Testing
CCT is intended to be a more realistic way to perform salt spray tests than traditional, steady-state exposures. Here's a more realistic way to perform salt spray tests traditional, steady-state exposures
Article Published: 7/1/2012
Lean = Green for Reliable Plating Works/Elite Finishing
The benefits of lean operations in the plating industry are well known. Here's a story on how a $12 million company, Reliable Plating Works/Elite Finishing in Milwaukee, saved more than $1 million.
Article Published: 6/25/2012
Road Trip! ... to SUR/FIN Las Vegas!
As the NASF SUR/FIN show gets ready to open in a few weeks in Las Vegas, Products Finishing magazine decided to take a ‘Virtual Road Trip’ across the U.S. to surveys job shops and platers to get a 'State of Finishing' status. It seems business is g...
Article Published: 6/1/2012
Aerospace Drives More Calls for Non-Chrome Passivate Finishes
More finishers are warming up to using non-chrome passivation as a way to satisfy customers who don’t want to use hexavalent chromium for corrosion treatment.
Article Published: 5/1/2012
Super Finishing: ‘Micro Machining Process’ Vital To Medical Industry
Using high-precision tools and technologies that smoothes a surface—or even intentionally leaves specific controlled amounts of roughness behind—MMP is unlike any treatment on the finishing market.
Article Published: 4/1/2012
Positive Energy Growth
Chrome Deposit Corp. reduces its energy use, minimizes its environmental impact and improves its energy-management practices.
Article Published: 3/1/2012
Ripple Effect: Researchers say leveling of electrodeposits can be achieved by applying a small forcing voltage
Seeking smoother plating deposits? It may be all in the waves. This story looks at studies that have shown that superimposition of a small sinusoidal potential wave (smooth, repetitive oscillation) onto a potentiostatic bias can lead to more level e...
Article Published: 3/1/2012

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