Parts Cleaning

The Case for Parts Cleaning

Understanding the consequences and costs of not cleaning well.

National Surface Finishing Day Message from the NASF

National Association for Surface Finishing president Jeff Brassard offers a message for National Surface Finishing Day 2021.
#nasf #nsfd


EPA Authorizes Virucidal Registration for Copper Alloys

The U.S. EPA has confirmed the virucidal effect of certain copper alloys after examining data from the Copper Development Association, allowing the association to recommend copper alloys against COVID-19.

Daubert Cromwell's ClearPak 5000 Film Inhibits Corrosion

Daubert Cromwell’s ClearPak 5000 is a bio-based poly that meets international standards as a quality corrosion inhibitor (VCI) film.

Parts Cleaning

Advances in Near Neutral pH Descaling

Atotech’s UniPrep AC products offer versatile alternatives to conventional chemical and mechanical descaling methods.

IMTS spark

Explore IMTS spark

Trends in Automotive

What's Next for the Automotive Industry? The Editors of AutoBeat explore the industry's transition to one where automotive manufacturing is safer, simpler, more regulated … and possibly reshored.

The Parts Cleaning Series

ON DEMAND: Learn how to use the latest technology and stay within environmental limitations with this 6-part webinar series.

Digital Manufacturing

From machine monitoring and machine tool dynamics to out-of-the-box digital tools, discover the digital manufacturing technologies becoming a requirement for competing in the marketplace as well as simplifying and improving businesses.

The Plating Insight Series

Products Finishing Editor Scott Francis hosts the IMTS Spark Plating Insights Series Wednesdays through Dec. 2.


No Secrets: The Real Open Door Policy

Managing expert Matt Kirchner shares how to foster a culture of inclusivity and trust for finishing and manufacturing businesses.

Finishing Index Ends Year Lower As New Orders Contract

GBI: Finishing reports a slight overall contraction in the finishing industry for December 2020 – largely due to a drop in new orders in the automotive and aerospace markets.
#automotive #aerospace

40 Under 40

Nominate a young finishing professional for Products Finishing’s 40 Under 40 program. It recognizes the finishing industry’s emerging leaders and encourages young talent in the industry.

Liquid Coating

Can Film Pattern Measurement Optimize Aerospace Finishes?

A recent collaboration between CFAN, SprayVision and Saint Clair Systems uses an innovative film measurement system to investigate ways to improve first time yield.

Let’s Finish Closing the Quoting Gap

Sharing accurate, timely and actionable data is the key to an effective, respectful relationship between a finishing shop and a contracting machine shop. Software that streamlines the quoting process can make this happen.


Coating the Webb

From its signature primary mirror to thermal control for its instruments, the James Webb Space Telescope is enabled by gold coatings.
#plating #vacuum-vapor #aerospace


February 2021 Issue: Aerospace

Products Finishing looks into how coaters and finishers enable the aerospace industry, what trends and technology are emerging and more in February 2021.

A Conversation with Sheila LaMothe

Sheila LaMothe, executive director of the CCAI Finishing Education Foundation, discusses educational opportunities within the finishing industry and the foundation’s overarching mission.

Episode 2: Diversity in the Finishing Industry

Products Finishing’s On the Line podcast for coaters and finishers discusses the topic of diversity in the finishing industry with interviews with Lab Midwest president and PF columnist Matthew Kirchner and Bales Metal Surface Solutions president Stacey Bales. 
#leadership #workforcedevelopment


Liquid Coating

Considerations for Selecting an Aircraft Paint Booth

Global Finishing Solutions offers insights into selecting a paint booth designed for aircraft.

Q: What should one keep in mind when selecting an aircraft paint booth? It is not a simple task to design a paint booth for an airplane, let alone multiple planes. Aircraft paint booths must be designed to accommodate the unique shape and sheer size of aircraft in order to reduce the painter’s exposure to the hazards of the process, lower energy costs, improve paint finish ...READ MORE

Powder Coating

Minimizing Defects in Polyester Wrinkle Powder Coatings

Axalta Coating Systems architectural segment leader Michael Withers discusses mitigating defects in polyester wrinkle powder coatings.


Longer, Cleaner Plating Bath Life

Angelo Magrone of Bales Metal Surface Solutions suggests adding an agitation and filtration system to keep plating pretreatment tanks cleaner, longer.
#asktheexpert #plating


Understanding the Hidden Costs and Benefits of Anodizing

Anodizing has capital costs and benefits beyond the machines — companies evaluating in-house systems should examine them carefully before committing.

Liquid Coating

Mitigating Water Condensation

Mike Bonner of Saint Clair Systems discusses how to avoid paint defects caused by condensation resulting from compressed air used for atomizers.


Managing Gold Plating for Electrical Contacts

With electrical contacts continuing to grow smaller, platers need to know how to manage the three key considerations of gold plating: thickness, purity and underplate chemistry.
#asktheexpert #plating

Powder Coating

How to Prevent Outgassing of Iron Castings

Verney Denerville of TIGER Drylac outlines the procedure used to mitigate the outgassing of iron castings.