Video: An Interview with Emily Peck, Laboratory Manager

Emily Peck of MicroCare was on Products Finishing's 40 Under 40 list for 2020. She spoke with managing editor Jenny Rush about sustainability, career goals and advice.
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Liquid Coating

Cromwell's Safecote CLV Guards Against Bolt Hole Corrosion

Daubert Cromwell’s new Safecote CLV provides a fast-acting, no-hassle anti-corrosion coating with exceptional durability.

Bowman Expands Quality Assurance Team

Bowman has hired Frank Giuliani as its new quality assurance engineer. He will specialize in test plans for Bowman’s benchtop XRF instrumentation suite.
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Liquid Coating

Protech Acquires Coating Division from ACG Industrie

The Protech Group has acquired ACG Industrie’s coatings division.

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Anodizing

Understanding the Anodic Oxide Finish – The First Commercially Available Nanoscale Coating

Dr. Jude M. Runge is the 2020 recipient of the NASF William Blum Scientific Achievement Award.  The COVID-19 crisis and the cancellation of SUR/FIN 2020 have affected the timing of the formal award and her delivery of the William Blum Lecture.  To honor her properly now, it is timely to publish one of her earlier papers, showing the caliber of her work.  Here, she notes that nanomaterials, nanotechnology and nanoprocessing are the marketing buzzwords for the 21st century, stressing that, after all, conventional anodizing processes yield a nanoscale finish.  Armed with this knowledge, the ease, reliability and reproducibility of the anodic finish enable insights into new applications.
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Electroplating

An Introduction to Fundamental Research on the Mechanism of the Electrodeposition of Metals

From time to time, it has been our intent to present seminal papers from past issues of NASF/AESF journals that are of such significance that, decades later, they bear another look.  As Einstein is associated with relativity, Drs. Conway and Bockris are synonymous with theoretical electrochemistry.  This paper is in large measure, the result of Project #16, and, as the authors modestly describe it, is “an attempt to describe to the electroplater who understands the basic ideas of electrochemistry, what is being done in research on fundamental electrode processes.”  This “attempt” did rather well.
#nasf #plating

40 Under 40

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

Finishing Index Reports First Expansion in COVID Era

New orders, production and employment activity all reported expanding activity in August, fueling a broad-based rise in the Finishing Index.

Thermal Aging Effects Between Thick-Film Metallizations and Reflowed Solder Creams

Originally published as S.J. Muckett, et al., Plating and Surface Finishing, 73 (1), 44-51 (1986), this paper was awarded the 1987 AESF Gold Medal for Best Paper published in Plating and Surface Finishing in 1986.  With the passage of time, Pb-containing solders have been found to have issues regarding toxicity and health.  Nonetheless, the work, methodology and results discussed here remain valuable from a research standpoint.
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Electroplating

Vacuum Impregnation System Yields Production Flow Improvements

Godfrey & Wing customized a high value low volume vacuum impregnation system to solve production problems for surface finishing company Anoplate.
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LATEST VIDEOS

Video: An Interview with Emily Peck, Laboratory Manager

Emily Peck of MicroCare was on Products Finishing's 40 Under 40 list for 2020. She spoke with managing editor Jenny Rush about sustainability, career goals and advice.
#40-under-40

Liquid Coating

Applications Innovation Leads to Better Masking Solutions

When masking product failures are costing you money, it pays to work with an expert that can select or engineer the most efficient solution.
#masking #plating

Electroplating

Technical Plating Talks Recent Expansions

Tyler Thomas, vice president and general manager of Technical Plating (Minneapolis, Minn.), talks about the company’s two newest lines and capabilities.
#plating

ASK THE FINISHING EXPERT

Electroplating

How to Design an Effective Racking System

Well-designed racking is an important part of any finishing operation. Richard Lang, who handles technical sales for EPSI’s racking and hanging division, offers insights for designing an effective racking system.

Q: What should I keep in mind when constructing a racking system? A: A well-designed, well-made rack is not only an integral part of any finishing operation, it’s also an opportunity to save platers money through increased production capacity and reduction of rejects. While almost anyone can make a rack, an understanding of racking materials and their elements is imperative to produce a correct design. By ...READ MORE

Powder Coating

How to Handle and Eliminate Powder Coating Defects

For powder coating operations, an error report can turn defects and imperfections into an opportunity to improve. 
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Electroplating

How to Choose Between Sulfate and Chloride-Based Trivalent Chromium

There are several factors to consider when choosing between sulfate and chloride-based baths for trivalent chromium plating. Mark Schario of Columbia Chemical discusses the differences and what platers should keep in mind when evaluating options.
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Liquid Coating

Pressure and Flow Control in Spray Guns and Rotary Atomizers

Tighter controls of paint flow and pressure may help finishers improve efficiency and profits. 
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Powder Coating

How to Avoid Orange Peel in Powder Coating

One of the most common quality issues with powder coating is an uneven “orange peel” texture. Bruce Hilbert, applications/technical manager for Tiger Drylac, offers advice for avoiding this common defect.
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Data Collection Trends in Metal Finishing

The finishing industry is moving towards the automation of process and production data collection. Roger Smith outlines new technology to help finishers automate and streamline.
#asktheexpert #Industry40 #measurement-testing

How Does Aluminum Impact Dry Film Thickness Readings?

Jay Kunick from Fischer discusses why different dry film thickness gauges will give different measurements on aluminum, and how to get accurate readings.
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