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Columbia's Tricol Reclaim Reduces Trivalent Chrome Costs

Columbia Chemical has launched its Tricol Reclaim solution for trivalent chromium plating, which it says lowers process costs between 40 and 60 percent.

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Columbia Chemical (Brunswick, Ohio) says its Tricol Reclaim brings important cost-saving innovations to decorative trivalent plating. The cost difference between hexavalent and trivalent chrome plating has long been a stumbling block for plating shops wanting to make the switch, as shops running trivalent find the cost is often three or four times higher than standard hex chrome. Reclaim of trivalent chromium solution mitigates these costs, but the buildup of counterions within traditional trivalent systems has limited reclamation.

Tricol Reclaim’s formulation prevents the buildup of counterions. Unlike traditional trivalent systems, gravity does not increase over time, so the process allows for reclamation. This translates to cost savings of 40 to 60 percent over existing tri-chrome processes, savings which Columbia Chemical says makes decorative plating costs per square foot comparable to hex chrome. In addition, the company says its new product simplifies replenishment with a single liquid additive featuring pre-complexed chromium. This innovation means users no longer need to heat and complex the chrome – it is usable on an auto-feeder, saving shops valuable time and labor. Columbia also says Tricol Reclaim eliminates chrome dust, enhancing employee safety by eliminating powder and chrome dust exposure for operators. 

Columbia Chemical recommends its Tricol Reclaim on account of the cost savings from its use, as well as what it says is the solution’s ease of use, quality and appearance.

Columbia Chemical | 330-225-3200 | columbiachemical.com

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