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Electroplating

Summary Report on USCAR Field Test for Trivalent Chromium

Mark Schario from Columbia Chemical explains USCAR’s multiyear project to determine how various trivalent chromium systems would perform in the real world.
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Liquid Coating

Why Temperatures Change Between Liquid Circulation System and Point of Application

Mike Bonner with Saint Clair Systems says a specialized control system is required to eliminate temperature changes between a liquid circulation system and point of application.
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Electroplating

Determining the Proper Material for an Electroless Nickel Plating Tank

The stability of your electroless nickel (EN) bath may require one type of tank over another, says Mike Aleksinas of MetalChem.
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Parts Cleaning

How To Reduce Steps Required In Nonferrous Surface Finishing

The finishing of parts made from various copper and aluminum alloys traditionally require many distinct and separate process steps, and Hubbard-Hall’s Mike Valenti explains how both come with their own unique needs .
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Powder Coating

Developments and Trends in Powder Coating

New solutions for powder coating centers combine powder preparation, conveyance, dosing and color changes into a fully automated, closed system.
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Electroplating

Automate Your Brush Plating Operation

Derek Kilgore from Sifco ASC says the brush plating operation can be mechanized, semi-automated or even fully automated.
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Powder Coating

Powder Coat Systems with the Best Long-Term Performance

The best protection against corrosion and UV exposure, says Axalta’s Mike Withers, is electrocoat and a super durable powder coating.
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Liquid Coating

Designing Spray Booths by Applying the Right Airflow Design

Spray booth solutions are varied, Spray Systems’ Bob Hauck says, so use key performance objectives to arrive at the best airflow option for you.
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Mechanical Finishing

Benefits of Recycling Vibratory Finishing Effluent

Recycling vibratory wastewater can be very advantageous and cost effective, says Dean Bell of Precision Finishing, but only if done properly.
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Powder Coating

Improving Transfer Efficiencies in Coating Operations

There are many methods for addressing electrostatic grounding in metal painting processes, and Tim Ulshafer from Mueller Electric says the best method for your process is a simple and worthwhile exercise.
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Anodizing

Preventing Anodizing Cathodes from Turning Red

While the red color may not be desirable, anodizing expert Drew Nosti says it poses no particular problem to a successful anodizing process.
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Electroplating

Measuring Hardness and Wear in Electroless Nickel Coatings

Rich O’Brien from Bales Metal Surface Solutions says advances in coatings science have led to the development of multiple choices for surface finishes beyond hard chrome and electroless nickel.
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Liquid Coating

Steps for Automating Your Paint Booth with Robots

Graco’s Bill Heuer explains the important considerations to think about before investing in a system with robots.
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Parts Cleaning

Top Reasons to Switch to a Better Cleaning Fluid

Venesia Hurtubise from MicroCare says switching to the new modern cleaning fluids will have a positive impact on your cleaning process.
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Liquid Coating

Designing Batch Ovens for Powder Coating Operations

Curing ovens are an important part of any finishing operation, and Col-Met’s John  Owed says understanding key elements will assist in selecting the right oven for your application.
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Electroplating

Fixing Salt Spray Failures After Passivating, Baking

This is a common challenge faced by many acid zinc platers who Mark Adams from Columbia Chemical says perform hydrogen embrittlement relief on acid zinc plated fasteners.
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Powder Coating

How to Stop Powder Coatings from Drifting from Spray Booth

Nordson’s Frank Mohar says the main function of any powder booth is to contain excess powder overspray.
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Liquid Coating

How to Know When to Change Spray Booth Filters

When it comes to determining when to change your spray booth filters, Trey Peavy from Col-Met Engineered Finishing Solutions says to first differentiate between intake filters and exhaust filters.
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Anodizing

Cleaning, Pretreatment to Meet Medical Specs ISO 13485 or FDA 21 CFR820

Maximilian Kessler from SurTec explains new practices for industrial parts cleaning, metal pretreatment and decorative electroplating in the medical device industry.
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Mechanical Finishing

Increasing Output for Large Stainless Steel Sheet Surface Polishing

Mike Shappell from Norton Saint-Gobain shows how a manufacturer benefits from applying products and techniques to improve the bottom line.
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