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Electroplating

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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Anodizing

Fixing Excessive Brightener Consumption From Dull Work In Alkaline Non-Cyanide Zinc

Although great strides have been made over the last 30 years in the development of alkaline non-cyanide zinc processes, Asterion’s Graham Torr says not all “modern” systems are created equal.
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Electroplating

Finding Correlations to Salt Spray and UV Protection Hours

Bob Hohn with Assured Testing Services says it is often difficult to equate test duration to actual years of field service.
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Electrocoating

How to Measure Ecoat Throwpower in the Field

Axalta’s Dan Rose says the regular monitoring, recording and charting of throwpower can be a very valuable tool for ensuring quality.
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Liquid Coating

Choosing Between a Conveyor vs. Batch Processing

Although many companies are converting to conveyor or continuous processing, Bob Hauck from Spray Systems says there are advantages and disadvantages to each type of processing.
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Parts Cleaning

Choosing the Right Vapor Degreasing Method

Venesia Hurtubise with MicroCare says experience and expertise are helpful in optimizing and developing cleaning cycles that will best suit a specific job.
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Electroplating

Preventing Dark Streaks in Trivalent Chromium

Matt Schario from Columbia Chemical explains what is the likely cause of these streaks and patterns, and how to prevent this from happening.  
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Powder Coating

Considerations for Buying A Burn-Off Oven

A time-tested way to keep hooks clean is with a burn-off oven, and Steelman Industries’ Carlton Mann explains considerations for buying one.
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Powder Coating

What Causes Discoloration of Clear Coat Powder?

Coaters sometimes have problems with cloudy appearance or yellowing of the coating, and expert Rodger Talbert has a few possible solutions.
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Are Burn-Off Ovens Safe?

Steelman Industries’ Carlton Mann says burn-off ovens are safe, and he offers some considerations for installing one.
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Powder Coating

How to Adjust a Burn-Off Oven To Remove Coatings

Q. We are having issues with our burn-off oven. It doesn’t seem to be adjusting to the amount of coating on the hooks and fixtures. What can I do to fix this?
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Liquid Coating

Gas vs. Electric Ovens

What are the pros and cons for using gas or electric to heat a typical automotive supplier curing oven?
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Powder Coating

Cure Oven Contamination

Question: We have a powder coat system.
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Powder Coating

Removing Cured Powder Coatings

Question: What methods are available for removing cured powder coatings, and what are the pros and cons of these methods?
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