A Look Back at the Top Posts of 2019

A look at the top running stories of 2019. Production Finishing’s coverage of the advancements in technology and advice for finishing sit among the top posts of this past year.


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PF 2019 Top Posts

Top posts of 2019: a look back on the advancements the industry made last year.


Products Finishing provides you with information and research on the latest equipment, technology, processes and best practices to help you stay profitable and efficient. The advancements we covered throughout this past year show a pattern of technological and cultural growth in the industry. We recently took a look at the numbers for our most viewed stories and this is what we found.

Take a look at some of the top trending stories of 2019:

  1. Selecting the Best Anodizing Seal Process

Sealing of anodized aluminum is considered to be the most important of all the various steps in the anodizing process and Coventya’s Michael McGinty explains how you seal ultimately determines the performance of the anodic oxide in its end-use environment.

  1. Cardinal Plating Launches First Functional Trivalent Chrome Line

Cardinal Plating Solutions in Aledo installed what it says is the plating industry’s only functional trivalent chrome deposit line, which uses Atotech’s BluCr chemistry.

  1. Troubleshooting Chromium Conversion Coatings on Aluminum

This paper provides processors with an extensive troubleshooting tool when conversion coating failures are encountered.

  1. An Improvement in the Zincate Method for Plating on Aluminum

Investigations were conducted into the sodium zincate solution used for treating aluminum prior to its being plated. Measurements of the adhesion of the nickel plate to aluminum and its alloys were done to check the effect of modifications made to this solution.

  1. Firearms and Flatware Feed Silvex’s Growing Electroplating Operation

It’s obvious that Silvex specializes in silver, but its processes also reach into the defense, aerospace, power generation and medical industries.

  1. A Conversation with Shelley Bausch, Carlisle Fluid Technologies

Shelley Bausch became president at Carlisle Fluid Technologies (CFT) in late 2017 after a career at PPG, where she last served as vice president of global industrial coatings. We caught up with her to ask about completing her first year at CFT.

  1. 40-Under-40: Class of 2019

2019’s class included chemists, engineers, professors, business development managers, general managers, quality control specialists and company presidents.

  1. Plating on Plastic Expands Boltas Global Reach

Bolta’s $48 million Alabama plant specializes in injection molding, plating-on-plastic and assembly.

  1. American Metal Coatings Tops Out at No.1 Electroplating Operation

Ohio’s American Metal Coatings is the No. 1 finishing operation in North America based on the Products Finishing Top Shops Benchmarking Survey.

  1. 2019 Top Shops Benchmarking Survey Shows Some Improvements and Declines

The North America plating and anodizing industry saw some improvements in areas such as order lead time and first-pass quality yield in this year’s Products Finishing Top Shops Benchmarking Survey. Meanwhile, a few other categories saw decreases in efficiencies from a year ago.