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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 through Cat Remanufacturing, including turnkey coating and finishing. more(+)

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Columbia Chemical Approved as Plating Supplier by Several OEMs
John Deere, GM, NCR and Alfagomma granted approval of some of the company’s processes for use and distribution.
American Plating Power Appoints Vice President of Sales
Steve Smith has 25 years of experience domestically and abroad in the electroplating, semiconductor and photovoltaic industries.
Rightech Fabrications Earns ISO 9001:2008
Illinois company makes of range of racks, baskets and coils for the finishing industry,
The Elimination of Whiskers from Electroplated Tin
When RoHS lead-free regulations began to take hold globally, tin and its alloys were the first choice as alternatives to eutectic tin/lead. On the solder side, the transition to using these alternatives has moved forward, but on the surface finish side, replacing tin/lead has posed greater challenges. This paper discusses two approaches to dissipating the internal stresses in and external stresses on the deposit that are known to initiate whisker formation.
Chromium-free Etching and Palladium-free Plating of Plastics
Plastics are replacing metals in the manufacture of many parts, and quite often there is a need for metallic coatings on the plastics and other non-conductors. This paper will describe new processes of preparing ABS plastic substrates for subsequent metallization. A process replacing the traditional chromic acid etching step with a room-temperature, environmentally friendly etchant is described. Further, to address the high cost of palladium, a non-precious-metal activator has been developed that can obtain uniform, adherent metallic coatings on plastic substrates.

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