PKG Equipment Installs Custom Anodizing Systems
PKG Equipment designs, fabricates and installs custom finishing equipment, including an anodize and chemical film treatment system used for Type I, Type II and Type III anodizing.
PKG Equipment designs, fabricates and installs custom finishing equipment such as the pictured anodize and chemical film treatment system used for Type I, Type II and Type III anodizing. In this system, 87 tanks ranging from about 850 to 1,400 gallons and two stainless steel dryers are configured into four tank lines. A 43.5-ft. semi-automatic shuttle tank fabricated from copolymer polypropylene (PPC) transfers parts between three of the tank lines. All of the tanks were fabricated from PPC, carbon steel, Koroseal-lined steel or stainless steel. Various tanks were equipped with heat exchanger and filtration skids, insulated covers, drip shields, spray bars, steam coils, and instrumentation.The system also includes three ventilation systems comprised of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) hoods, PVC ductwork, two existing exhaust fans, one new exhaust fan and a PVC scrubber. Two PVC push-air systems also were also provided for the ventilated stations.
The cornerstone of quality and productivity for any finishing operation, process control is a plater’s key to success. To find out how far techniques have come, where they’re headed in the future, and how platers can raise the bar, Products Finishing convened a panel of experts for a roundtable discussion on the topic. With well over 100 years of combined plating experience, experts Greg Arneson, Art Kushner, Peter Gallerani and Joelie Zak share their thoughts.
Benefits of anodizing include durability, color stability, ease of maintenance, aesthetics, cost of initial finish and the fact that it is a safe and healthy process. Maximizing these benefits to produce a high–performance aluminum finish can be accomplished by incorporating test procedures in the manufacturing process.
Plastics are replacing metals in the manufacture of many parts, and quite often there is a need for metallic coatings on the plastics and other non-conductors. This paper will describe new processes of preparing ABS plastic substrates for subsequent metallization.