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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
Finishing Touch
Tornos is not an everyday name in the surface finishing industry, but the company is well known as a machine tool builder, with some of the best machines in the world coming out of its European headquarters.
Article Published: 10/18/2012
Flipping the Switch on Anodizing
The idea of using square pulse anodizing is to have a higher average current density for the total process and thereby reduce the process time. When pulsating between two values of current density, a high period and a low period give the aluminum su...
Article Published: 3/1/2012
Climbing the Nadcap Ladder for Certification
The Nadcap program is recognized as the premier accreditation program for aerospace and defense contractor supplier accreditation. With this accreditation, an anodizer can effectively access the supplier world of the aerospace and defense industries...
Article Published: 12/1/2011
Anodizing for Bonding Applications in Aerospace
Anodizing for pre-prep bonding bridges the gap between the metallic and composite worlds, as it provides a superior surface in many applications on aluminum components for bonding to these composites.
Article Published: 12/1/2011
A Mighty Wind for Finishers
Here in the U.S., the wind energy market grew by about 60 percent from 2009 to 2010, and with more than 40,000 installed megawatts, we rank second to China. Those numbers have caught the attention of finishers, who see a new market to plate parts, e...
Article Published: 9/1/2011
Measuring the Surface Area of Fasteners
How do you measure the surface area of a threaded fastener? How much coating would you put on it? How thick of a coating? What about non-threaded fasteners? The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service, of all people, may have come up with th...
Article Published: 9/1/2011
Improvement of Corrosion Resistance of Magnesium by Anodizing in Alkaline Electrolytes
Results show that the novel organic additive reduced the sparking voltage and provided a relatively smoother surface.
Article Published: 7/13/2011
PEO coatings sparking new interest
Plasma electrolytic oxide surface treatment for aluminum, magnesium or titanium
Article Published: 6/1/2011
2020 Vision: Anodizing
A look at anodizing in the coming years
Article Published: 5/18/2011

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