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Faraday's Children (and Nickel): The 40th William Blum Lecture

This article is a republication of the 40th William Blum Lecture, presented at the 86th AESF Annual Convention in Detroit, Michigan on June 21, 1999. In this lecture, Dr. George DiBari describes the search for the ideal nickel anode material and the outlook for survival of nickel plating at the end of the 20th century.

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The Systems View in Automotive Finishes: Essential, but Overlooked - The 38th William Blum Lecture

This article is a re-publication of the 38th William Blum Lecture, presented at the 84th AES Annual Convention in Detroit, Michigan on June 23, 1997.  This lecture reviews a number of works in automotive finishing R&D in which understanding of the overall system was absolutely essential to success, from classical nickel-chromium plating to work in vacuum/electroplated hybrids for plated plastics, electrogalvanized zinc and hard chromium in stamping dies.

Powder Coating

Author: Time for EPA to Lead in 'Real World' Safety Standards

"I implore our new administration in Washington to take the lead and bring good sense and reason back into the regulatory process."

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AES Research Project 3, Adhesion of Electrodeposits, Part 4, Commentary on Measurement

This is Part 4 of a four-part article consisting of the full report of AES Research Project #3, Adhesion of Electrodeposits, done at the University of Michigan in the mid-1940s, following the end of World War II. It contains a commentary by industry people on the published methods for measuring adhesion.

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AES Research Project 3, Adhesion of Electrodeposits, Part 3, Publications Review on Measurement

This is Part 3 of a four-part article consisting of the full report of AES Research Project #3, Adhesion of Electrodeposits, done at the University of Michigan in the mid-1940s, following the end of World War II. It reviews the published methods for measuring adhesion.

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AES Research Project 3, Adhesion of Electrodeposits, Part 2, General Considerations

This is Part 2 of a four-part article consisting of the full report of AES Research Project #3, Adhesion of Electrodeposits, done at the University of Michigan in the mid-1940s, following the end of World War II. It outlines the general concepts involved on plate adhesion.

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AES Research Project 3, Adhesion of Electrodeposits, Part 1, Bibliography

This is Part 1 of a four-part article consisting of the full report of AES Research Project #3, Adhesion of Electrodeposits, done at the University of Michigan in the mid-1940s, following the end of World War II. It consists of the complete bibliography compiled during the project.

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AES Research Project 3, Adhesion of Electrodeposits, Prologue

This is the prologue for a four-part article consisting of the full report of AES Research Project #3, Adhesion of Electrodeposits, done at the University of Michigan in the mid-1940s, following the end of World War II.

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Crack Formation during Electrodeposition and Post-deposition Aging of Thin Film Coatings - 5th Quarterly Report

This NASF-AESF Foundation research project report covers the fifth quarter of project work (January-March) on this AESF Foundation Research project at the University of Houston. The objective of the work is to study fundamental and practical aspects of crack formation in electrodeposited thin films.

Powder Coating

Differences in Masking and Plug Materials

Q. Can you explain the differences between masking caps and plugs?

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Celebrating the First 80 Years

Oak is the traditional gift for someone turning 80 years old, as it symbolizes longevity and strength, two hallmarks of what we feel our magazine has been with the surface finishing industry since its debut in 1936.

Liquid Coating

80 Years Helping Finishers

Our readers share how Products Finishing has helped their careers as the magazine celebrates its 80th year covering the finishing industry.

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Electrodeposition of Ni-Fe-Mo-W Alloys - Part 10

Tenth Quarterly Report - AESF Research Project #R-117. This NASF-AESF Foundation research project report covers the tenth quarter of project work (April-June 2015). In this period, Graduate student Avinash Kola has continued work on the influence of deposition conditions on the properties of the Ni-W alloys.

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The Characterization of the Stannous Chloride/ Palladium Chloride Catalysts for Electroless Plating

The paper is a 1975 study of just how the tin chloride / palladium chloride system worked for plated plastics, and which systems were most effective in doing the job.

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Low Temperature Curing of Hydrogen Silsesquioxane Surface Coatings for Corrosion Protection of Aluminum

This paper discusses vitreous enameling of hydrogen silsesquioxane (HSQ).

Electroplating

The Study of Copper Anodes in Acid and Cyanide Plating Baths

The 1956 Carl E. Huessner Gold Medal Award was given to Charles Faust and William H Safranek for Best Paper appearing in Plating or the AES Technical Proceedings in 1955, and their paper is republished here in a series on the AES/AESF/NASF Best Paper Awards. Their work involves an evaluation of anodes for copper plating at the time when OFHC anodes were first emerging in use.

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Some Contributions of U.S. Supply Houses to Plating Science and Technology - The 11th William Blum Lecture

This paper is a re-publication of the 11th William Blum Lecture, presented at the 57th AES Annual Convention in Montréal, Québec, on June 22, 1970. The origins of several developments in the plating field are reviewed, showing why and how the processes and concepts evolved, with particular attention to inside stories and the people concerned.

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The Nucleation Dependent Growth Layer: A Structure Element in Electrocrystallization - The 10th William Blum Lecture

This paper is a re-publication of the 10th William Blum Lecture, presented at the 56th AES Annual Convention in Detroit, Michigan, on June 16, 1969.

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Mechanism of the Plating Process - The 8th William Blum Lecture

This paper is a re-publication of the 8th William Blum Lecture, presented at the 54th AES Annual Convention in Dallas, Texas, on June 19, 1967. Dr. Henry B. Linford discussed the transition of electroplating from an art to a science as the mechanism of the plating process became better understood.

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Vertical Acid Copper Plating for PCB Manufacturing

Developments expand in the world of printed circuit boards.

Cost-Effective Cleaning with Vapor Degreasing

With modern equipment and solvents, vapor degreasing is a safe, cost-effective, and environmentally acceptable cleaning method.

The Importance of Rinsing in Metal Finishing Operations

The focus or driving force is to eliminate contaminants from the surface.

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Some Engineering Aspects of Electrodeposition - The 6th William Blum Lecture

This paper is a re-publication of the 6th William Blum Lecture, presented at the 51st AES Annual Convention in St. Louis, Missouri, on June 15, 1964.