Webinar Discusses Switch from Hexavalent to Trivalent

Columbia Chemical and Products Finishing will host a free webinar on October 18 that will address regulations, process differences, conversion details, cost factors and benefits.

Columbia Chemical and Products Finishing will host a free webinar on October 18 titled “Hexavalent to Trivalent — Making the Switch,” which will address regulations, process differences, details of the conversion, cost factors and benefits of the shift in chromium plating.

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The webinar will be presented by Mark Schario, Columbia Chemical’s executive vice president of global business development, and Products Finishing Editor Tim Pennington will moderate. It will include information on switching from hexavalent to trivalent, and will allow participants to ask specific questions of Schario.

As the legislation regarding the use of hexavalent chromium expands, the pressure to make the switch to trivalent chromium plating increases,” Schario says. “This presentation will look at the regulations in place on the use of hexavalent chromium and discuss the automotive and OEM requirements and timeframe for changing over to trivalent chromium.”

An overview and comparison of the general process differences will be presented, as well as an in-depth look at line conversion from hexavalent to trivalent chrome. A cost analysis of waste-treatment savings also will be presented, followed by a brief case study.

The presentation is suited for plant managers, purchasers, lab technicians, engineers and line operators who are interested in understanding the performance characteristics of trivalent chromium. There will be step-by-step details on the process of converting a line and learning about gains in process and production efficiency, improvements in employee safety, decreased number of rejects, and substantial savings in waste-treatment costs.

Schario has more than 30 years’ experience in the surface finishing industry and is a member of the National Association for Surface Finishing. He also functions as the company’s top liaison to the automotive industry and is subcommittee chairman to ASTM B08-10 on Test Methods for Metallic and Inorganic Coatings. Schario earned the industry designation of CEF/Certified Electroplater-Finisher, and holds an executive MBA from Case Western Reserve University.