Powder Coating

What Makes a Top Shop?

Productivity, efficiency and on-time deliveries are all hallmarks of a great finishing shop, but at the heart of it all is a commitment to employees and customers.
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Four Supplier Resources to Get More Out of Your Surface Finishing System

Get the most out of your paint and powder coating line by taking advantage of a few resources that can not only optimize your systems but ensure max productivity from installation and long after.

Electroplating

Hunter Chemical Offers Variety of Finishing Products

Fume suppressants and high-speed catalysts are produced for hard chrome plating, decorative chrome plating and anodizing applications.
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Anodizing

Luster-On Conversion Coatings Protect Aluminum

Luster-On Aluminescent is manufactured in powder form to provide economical and easy-to-use product.
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UPA Technology's XRF2020 X-ray Reduces Tube Use

Unit only energizes the X-Ray tube during measurements to increase tube life.
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Walchem Manufactures Analytical Controllers, Metering Pumps for Chemical Control

Walchem’s controllers easily tie into a LAN, DCS or other PLC system, providing remote communications access for monitoring and control.
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Electroplating

Celebrities Who Once Worked in Electroplating

Over many years, AESF/NASF stalwart Jack Dini contributed a series of fascinating columns to Plating & Surface Finishing, under the title Fact or Fiction?.  What follows is a welcome addition to his output for the NASF.  Still the prolific writer, Jack discusses celebrities (both scientists and non-scientists) who once worked in electroplating.
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Electroplating

AES Research Project #41: Plating on Aluminum, Part 2: Morphology

Originally published in 1980, this paper was the second on AES Research Project #41, plating on aluminum, at the National Institute for Science and Technology.  A study of the morphologies of zinc and tin immersion deposits on Al and its alloys showed that zinc formed epitaxial deposits on alloys, as noted on pure Al.  Similarities exist between the zincate and stannate processes; in particular, the same crystallography orientations are active in both systems.  Comparisons between zinc deposits produced from solutions containing ferric chloride and Rochelle salts and deposits from the same solution without these additions show that ferric chloride plays a fundamental role in the deposition process. 
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40 Under 40

Products Finishing is recognizing the industry’s top young talent through an annual 40 Under 40 program.

Electroplating

AES Research Project #41: Plating on Aluminum, Part 1: A Literature Review

Originally published in 1978, this paper was the first of several on AES Research Project #41, a study of plating on aluminum, at the National Institute for Science and Technology.  A review of immersion pretreatments for the plating on aluminum is presented.  The zincate pretreatments dominate the literature, but innovations were reported which offer improved adhesion and corrosion performance.  Finally, an updated bio on Dr. Lashmore’s work through the years is offered.
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Coronavirus Coverage

Manufacturers Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The manufacturing industry has been crucial to responding to COVID-19. Read about the efforts of Therma-Tron-X, Nordson and HMG Paints and hear from GBM President Rick Kline. 

Electroplating

A Conversation with Stephen Leonetti, IMC MetalsAmerica

Steve Leonetti, CEF, MBA, has spent the past 30+ years in the electroplating and surface finishing industry, and joined IMC MetalsAmerica, a leading copper rod and copper anode supplier, as executive vice president in 2016.

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Coronavirus Coverage

Manufacturers Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The manufacturing industry has been crucial to responding to COVID-19. Read about the efforts of Therma-Tron-X, Nordson and HMG Paints and hear from GBM President Rick Kline. 

Coronavirus Coverage

Coronavirus and the Coating and Finishing Industry

PF checks in with Michael Guckes, chief economist for Gardner Intelligence for an update on how the manufacturing industry is trending during the coronavirus situation.

Parts Cleaning

TechTalk Video: Hubbard-Hall Helps Facilities Reclaim 95% of Cleaners

Scott Papst says Aquaease Infinity cleaners reduce cleaning cost by more than 35%, cut waste and reduce reject rate caused by oil saturated cleaners.

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Electroplating

Troubleshooting Bright Nickel Processes: How to Identify the Problem

For bright nickel process troubleshooting, Doug Lay of Coventya suggests narrowing the scope with a checklist.

Q: Is there a simple technical bulletin or procedure for troubleshooting bright nickel processes that can narrow the scope to identifying the root cause of the problem? A: Narrow the scope! Easy to say, but not always easy to do. Maintaining bright nickel baths can be a challenge for several reasons: The same plating defect can result from several different sources Bright nickel plating is a sensitive and ...READ MORE

Electroplating

Controlling Quality of Zinc Flake Coatings on Steel Fasteners

Scott McEuen, North American business development manager of zinc flake coatings at Atotech, explains how the quality of zinc flake coatings depends on good adhesion and bonding to the substrate of the fasteners.
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Powder Coating

Silane-based Multimetal Pretreatments for Powder Painting

When looking to switch from phosphate conversion coatings, Stewart Tymchuk from Dynamix suggests looking at silane-based products for powder coating pretreatments.
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Liquid Coating

Electric vs. Pneumatic Agitators: What Makes Sense?

When determining the need for an agitator, says Mike Elberson from Autoquip, you must look at budget versus long-term energy conservation.
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Electroplating

Fixing Dull Parts From Alkaline Zinc-Nickel Bath

A lack of expected brightness is a common malady affecting many alkaline zinc-nickel platers, and MacDermid Enthone’s Adam Blakeley provides some answers to fix it.
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Electroplating

Phosphorus Copper Anodes for Acid Copper Plating

Copper anodes produced from pure copper cathodes will result in a copper purity of greater than 99.99% copper, including silver and the alloyed phosphorus, according to Univertical’s André Depew.
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Anodizing

Using Alternatives in Pretreatment Baths for Degreasing

Effective cleaning at low, even ambient temperatures, is possible, says Atotech’s Brandon Lloyd, and creates a safer work environment and reduces energy demands.
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