Hard Chrome Enterprises Inc. Acquired

The plating company has served the aerospace, automotive, medical and consumer sectors since 1969. 


CFS Expands Electropolishing Services to Additional Markets

After providing electropolishing services to the industrial manufacturing industry for more than 20 years, Custom Fab Solutions has announced it is expanding its offerings to additional markets including food and beverage, medical devices and aerospace.

Coronavirus Coverage

Perstorp Converts Production to Solve Swedish National Disinfection Crisis

Perstorp started large-scale production of hand sanitizer and surface disinfectant for the Swedish healthcare sector in response to COVID-19.

Smog-Eating Graphene Composite Coating Reduces Atmospheric Pollution

Study found that when titania is exposed to sunlight, it degrades nitrogen oxides which are harmful to human health.

Liquid Coating

Grieve's Electric Shelf Oven Dries Medical Equipment

Grieve’s No. 881 is a 250°F electric shelf oven designed to dry water from medical equipment.


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.

Parts Cleaning

3 Ways Advances in Cleaning and Coatings Drive Medical Device Innovation

Jay Tourigny of MicroCare Medical says that advances in medical devices come with many benefits but also bring new challenges related to cleaning and coatings.


Medical Industry Shows Signs of Strength

Gardner Intelligence’s chief economist, Michael Guckes, says company earnings and economic data both indicate short- and long-term growth for manufacturers in the medical industry.

Safety Considerations for Industrial Paint/Powder Storage

Paint, powders and other chemicals used in the finishing industry can pose serious health and safety risks when not stored properly. Here are some tips for safe material storage. 

Powder Coating

Axalta Gifts Mobility to Kids with Physical Disabilities

Axalta Coating Systems partnered with Atrium Health’s Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital, Hendrick Motorsports, LP Building Products and GoBabyGo! to build custom vehicles for children with mobility issues.

Devices Offer Diagnostics for Improved pH/ORP Monitoring, Control

GF Piping Systems will feature Signet 2751 DryLoc pH/ORP Smart Sensor Electronics at Sur/Fin 2018, designed for probe health, glass impedance and broken glass detection for improved pH/oxidation-reduction potential (ORP) monitoring and control.


An Electropolishing Family Affair

Mother and daughter team up to run a Brooklyn finishing shop that focuses on the medical sector.

New Coating Enables Medical Equipment Manufacturers to Operate at Higher Voltages, Reduced Size

Charge dissipative (CD) coating capability for ceramic parts was launched at RSNA 2017 in Chicago in supporting the development of increasingly compact medical equipment.                 


Nickel: Science, Health and the Future - The 52nd William Blum Lecture

This presentation is the 52nd William Blum Lecture, presented at SUR/FIN 2015 in Rosemont, Illinois on June 8, 2015. In this lecture, Dr. Hudson Bates discusses the nickel research in his group at the Nickel Producers Environmental Research Association (NiPERA), which impact occupational health and environmental issues for nickel.  This includes nano-particulates, toxicity of mixtures, ambient air effects, and providing good science in regulatory matters.


Medical Coatings That Fight Back

A University of Georgia researcher is developing technology that helps medical implants resist infection and clotting.

Powder Coating

Proper Testing of a Powder Coat Finish

Manufacturer shows how it performs extensive tests on powder coated medical carts.


Coating to Help Europe's Telecom Satellites Keep Their Cool

A surface coating originally developed for medical implants is set to safeguard the next generation of European telecom satellites.

Vacuum/Vapor Coating

SVC TechCon Paper Abstracts Due Oct. 10

Organizers are accepting abstracts for symposia and technical sessions related to vacuum coating technology; conference also includes a symposium on coatings for healthcare, biometric monitoring, and bio-interfaces.

Powder Coating

Powder Coating Q&A: Requirements for Breathing PPE in a Powder Operation

What kind of breathing protection is required for compliance with health and safety standards?

Parts Cleaning

Update: FDA Releases Draft Guidance for Additive Manufacturing of Medical Devices

The benefits of AM may result in cleaning challenges. The layer-by-layer process of AM allows complex internal support structures and tortuous internal channels.

NASF Report April 2016: Health Agency Seeks Data on Nickel, PFOS for Prop 65 Listing

California's EPA's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced it will review several chemicals for possible listing under Proposition 65.


Poly-Plating’s Nickel Plating Process Earns Accepted Status from FDA

Device Master Files (MAFS) available for those seeking a Premarket Application (PMA) or 510(k) approval for medical devices with the Food and Drug Administration.


The Need for Metal Finishing in the Medical Device Industry

In the medical industry, devices are used both internally and externally, so biocompatibility is critical.

Pollution Control


Recently, I read that: “The VOC ratings for paint were created to address ozone depletion and smog; VOCs that affect health, but not the atmosphere, are EXEMPT from the calculation.” Is this true? Or are low-VOC paints healthier for my workers?