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How to Choose Between Sulfate and Chloride-Based Trivalent Chromium
There are several factors to consider when choosing between sulfate and chloride-based baths for trivalent chromium plating. Mark Schario of Columbia Chemical discusses the differences and what platers should keep in mind when evaluating options.
Columbia Chemical Celebrates 45th Anniversary
The company was founded in 1975 when two chemists, William Rosenberg Sr. and Herb Geduld, rented space in a former textile mill.
Columbia Chemical Brings on Technical Account Manager
Curt Sotera will focus on providing technical service to Columbia’s customers, OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers in Ohio and the Northeast U.S.
Columbia Chemical Granted General Motors Decorative Plating Color Style Approvals
Columbia Chemical has received color approvals from General Motors for its TriCOL Trivalent Chromium Plating Process.
Columbia Chemical's TriCol Process Enhances Metal Distribution
TriCol Décor process for trivalent chromium plating is chloride based for faster plating, according to the company
Graham Torr Joins Columbia Chemical
Columbia Chemical hires Graham Torr as managing director of the company’s global business portfolio including Europe, Mexico, South Africa and South America.
Summary Report on USCAR Field Test for Trivalent Chromium
Mark Schario from Columbia Chemical explains USCAR’s multiyear project to determine how various trivalent chromium systems would perform in the real world.
Columbia Chemical Expands Pretreatment Chemistry Line with Purchase of Khemex Technical Sales
The company says the move will also allow it to provide additional service to an expanding customer base.
Lustrous Metal Coatings Opens New Decorative Line
Lustrous offers full-service metal finishing of chloride zinc offered in automatic, manual and barrel processing.
A Lustrous Example of Expanding a Plating Operation
Ohio’s Lustrous Metal Coatings Pins Growth on Acquiring Other Manufacturing Operations
Fixing Salt Spray Failures After Passivating, Baking
This is a common challenge faced by many acid zinc platers who Mark Adams from Columbia Chemical says perform hydrogen embrittlement relief on acid zinc plated fasteners.
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.
Colloy A-Z-N 300 Addresses Common Plating Problem
Columbia Chemical replaces ammonium chloride/high salt content in older zinc-nickel systems.
Webinar Looks at Trivalent Chromium Process Capability Study for OEMs
Mark Schario, executive vice president for Columbia Chemical, will present information on evaluating test matrix variables and performance results of exterior corrosion testing between trivalent and hexavalent.
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.
Columbia Chemical TriCol Process Enables Fast Plating
Columbia Chemical’ s TriCol Décor process for trivalent chromium plating is chloride based for faster plating, according to the company
ColDip Midnight 1500 Black Zinc Passivate Offers Enhanced Color and Cost Control
Three-part system allows for maximum color control and provides a consistent black appearance
Fixing The Cause Of Yellowing In Blue Trivalent Passivate
When parts look great upon initial make-up, but begin to yellow in appearance after 2-4 weeks, Chad Murphy from Columbia Chemical says it can be a number of factors.
How Trivalent Chrome Compares to Hexavalent
Columbia Chemical’s Mark Schario explains how the performance of trivalent chromium compares to hexavalent chromium, and what is needed to make the change to tri-chrome plating.
Converting to Trivalent Chrome from Hexavalent
Although this requires an initial time and cost investment, Columbia Chemical’s Mark Schario says the benefits of trivalent over hexavalent quickly and increasingly overcome the drawbacks.
Webinar Discusses Switch from Hexavalent to Trivalent
Columbia Chemical and Products Finishing will host a free webinar on October 18 that will address regulations, process differences, conversion details, cost factors and benefits.