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Back from the Brink of Finishing Death
Alpha Metal Finishing is celebrating its 36th anniversary and, after battling the ups and downs of sales, coupled with tumultuous management practices and the untimely illness of company founder Bob Wood that almost forced the its extinction, the co...
Article Published: 11/1/2012
Caterpillar Is Back on the Coatings Prowl
Caterpillar has been developing and applying advanced wear coatings to extend the service life and performance of its machine components, whether new or remanufactured, for decades. Now Caterpillar’s advanced wear coatings are available to others th...
Article Published: 11/1/2012
U.S. EPA Tightens Chromium Air Standards for Coatings
NASF Highlights Weak Rationale to White House
Article Published: 10/1/2012
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
Medical Coatings Can be the Cure for Plating Shops
Medical Coatings Help Artistic Plating in Milwaukee Focus on the Future, and the transformation has also coincided with the emergence of John Lindstedt’s son, Matt, as the future leader of the company.
Article Published: 9/1/2012
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
Measuring Up On Coating Thickness
Fischer Technology’s DataCenter software eases measurement requirements, giving reasons why management guru W. Edwards Deming said: “If I had to reduce my message for management to just a few words, I’d say it all had to do with reducing variation.”
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

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