Bales Metal Surface Solutions Enhances In-house Lab Capabilities
Bales upgraded the lab equipment to allow for automated titration of the plating baths and acquired two atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS) machines.
Bales Metal Surface Solutions in Downers Grove, Illinois, enhanced the capabilities of its lab by bringing the testing for plating bath control operations in-house to provide more efficient tank analysis.
Sara Mortensen, Bales vice president, said the facility upgraded the lab equipment to allow for automated titration of the plating baths and acquired two atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS) machines. She said this allows Bales to analyze impurities and implement corrections within the same day. Bales also expanded the lab team with a dedicated lab assistant who, Mortensen says, plays a crucial role in maintaining the plating bath tanks.
Jaime Santiago, Bales lab manager, says he is excited for the opportunity to have highly accurate analysis as an in-house capability.
“With our new equipment and processes, we are better able to track impurities,” Santiago says. “Our scheduled sampling will keep all of our process tanks optimized to better support our customers and their plating needs.”