This republished 1944 AES convention paper presents an historic perspective of the early days of plastics in surface finishing - using them and plating on them, in the waning years of World War II. The discussion reviews the uses of plastics in plating equipment and processing at that time, as well as the coating of the plastics themselves, with accompanying application photos. You will note that today’s conventional plating-on-plastics processes lay far in the future. Surprisingly, CVD processes are discussed.
Columbia Chemical has launched its Tricol Reclaim solution for trivalent chromium plating, which it says lowers process costs between 40 and 60 percent.
Metal Chem is celebrating the grand opening of its new primary location in Greenville, S.C. This facility drastically expands Metal Chem’s production and R&D capacity.
Environmental legislation increases the demand for rhodium, a precious metal used in electroplating as well as catalytic converters.
Harold G. Jacklin, owner of FM Callahan & Son Inc. passed away on January 6, 2021 at the age of 87.
NASF’s Plating Essentials course will provide an overview of critical finishing subjects which will be covered more in-depth during the CEF course.
With electrical contacts continuing to grow smaller, platers need to know how to manage the three key considerations of gold plating: thickness, purity and underplate chemistry.
Houston Plating & Coatings says it has a new, proprietary EN process that, when combined with its new equipment, can plate high-pressure gas cylinders.
Atotech’s DynaSmart includes a new automation system that allows the simultaneous movement of several product carriers through different plating tanks.
Thomas Anthony Lucas, CFO and general manager of Valley Chrome Plating Inc. passed away on December 17, 2020 at the age of 67.
Technic Italgalvano has developed TechniBuffer IG, a boron-free pH buffer for nickel plating that the company says produces higher-quality results than boric-acid solutions.
This study investigated the addition of Cirrus Alumina Dopant™, a nanoparticle additive, to a variety of low phosphorus electroless nickel baths to evaluate the performance of the resulting nanocomposite coating as a potential replacement for hard chromium. The results offer a vbersatile substitute for hard chromium in a broad range of applications.
Doerken Corporation USA has hired Jacqueline Orow as its new marketing and portfolio implementation manager.
The December issue of Products Finishing puts focus on coating and finishing in the agricultural and industrial markets.
Editor-In-Chief, Products Finishing
Coventya is promoting Lon Thrasher, Dr. Thorsten Kühler and Dr. Klaus Wojczykowski to new upper-level management positions.
Electro-codeposition of MCrAlY Coatings for Advanced Gas Turbine Applications - 11th Quarterly Research Report
The aim of this research is to seek a sulfur-free plating solution for electro-codeposition of (Ni,Co)-CrAlY composite coatings. In this quarter, a sulfur-free, all-chloride plating solution was investigated to lower the sulfur content in the Ni-Co coating matrix. Optimized bath composition and the use of a wetting agent are critical to good results.
Electro Chemical Finishing has earned DecoKlad licensing, becoming the third applicator in North America authorized for MacDermid Enthone Fashion Finishes.
A diverse customer base is key for small shops like Giering Metal Finishing, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The company says one of its largest growth areas has been with a customer manufacturing chest x-ray systems.
Coventya would like to recognize its October 2020 promotions of Matthew Wojcik, James Yahnke and Maurice Mills.
Products Finishing talked to Process Technology president Jody Richards about her forward-thinking strategy, the future of the finishing industry and more.
Managing Editor, Products Finishing
COVENTYA is launching “Lunch and Learn” webinars, providing live, personalized educational content meant to fit into employees’ lunch breaks.
Reliable Plating Works is opening Custom Chrome, a new department that will serve the chromium needs of independent creators and small businesses.
Technibrite HT 1000 from Technic Inc. offers a number of improvements to the bright acid tin-plating process in efficacy, final appearance and usability.
Chad Murphy of Columbia Chemical speaks about the benefits of various types of zinc-nickel alloy, and provides tips for manufacturers about the zinc-nickel plating process.
The Rochester Section of the American Chemical Society has named Berl Stein, founder of NiCoForm, as its 2020 Entrepreneur of the Year.
SIFCO ASC’s automated selective plating workstation not only improved the surface quality of finished products, it reduced process times by 90% and saved Powell Electrical Systems around $100,000 annually.