ANODIZING

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.
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40 Under 40

Products Finishing is recognizing the industry’s top young talent through an annual 40 Under 40 program.

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.
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Lustrous Metal Coatings Opens New Decorative Line

Lustrous offers full-service metal finishing of chloride zinc offered in automatic, manual and barrel processing.
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Aircraft X-Ray Laboratories Brings Hi-Tech to the Plating Shop

New leadership brought changes to AXL, which have propelled them into becoming one of the premier facilities in the U.S.
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A Lustrous Example of Expanding a Plating Operation

Ohio’s Lustrous Metal Coatings Pins Growth on Acquiring Other Manufacturing Operations
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Maximizing the Service Life of Process Tanks

PVDF liners have a proven history with delivering end users longer lasting, lower maintenance plating tanks.
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Changes Bring Out the Best for Plating Shop

Arizona’s CRC Surface Technologies Improves Performance, Profits with Management Changes
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Tips for Optimizing or Expanding Your Anodizing Line

Jim Acquaviva, director of business development for Technic Equipment, offers advice for assessing areas of process improvement for anodizing operations, outlining helpful steps for an end-user self-assessment.

Q: I’m looking to optimize and expand my anodizing line. Do you have advice for auditing my current process for areas of improvement? Process audits are a proven method of identifying issues and opportunities to improve a process. Qualified professionals experienced in specific disciplines can be engaged to support this type of effort, but there are significant benefits from an initial self-assessment. As with many things, ...READ MORE

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Using Alternatives in Pretreatment Baths for Degreasing

Effective cleaning at low, even ambient temperatures, is possible, says Atotech’s Brandon Lloyd, and creates a safer work environment and reduces energy demands.
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Preventing Anodizing Cathodes from Turning Red

While the red color may not be desirable, anodizing expert Drew Nosti says it poses no particular problem to a successful anodizing process.
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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.
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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.
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Finding Correlations to Salt Spray and UV Protection Hours

Bob Hohn with Assured Testing Services says it is often difficult to equate test duration to actual years of field service.
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INNOVATIONS IN ANODIZING TECHNOLOGY

Luster-On Conversion Coatings Protect Aluminum

Luster-On Aluminescent is manufactured in powder form to provide economical and easy-to-use product.
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DTX-12000 Power Supply from Process Technology

DTX-12000 Power Supply from Dynatronix is designed to provide best thermal efficiencies, lowest possible ripple and exact power deliveries at lowest amp inputs.

Tri-Mer Provides Range of Anodizing Lines and Pollution Control Equipment

Tri-Mer's range of pollution control equipment includes odor control systems, corrosive fumes scrubbers, chrome scrubbers and more.
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Elsyca Designs, Optimizes Electrochemical Processes

Elsyca’s processes include electroplating, electropolishing, ecoating, electroforming and anodizing.
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Universal Manufactures Automated Finishing Equipment

Universal Automation Systems’ turnkey modular solutions accommodate specific layout, sizing, bath chemistry and process control requirements. 
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Chromic Acid Anodizing Masking Tape Replaces Liquid Masking

Custom Fabricating & Supplies has announced it is a Preferred Converter of 3M’s 8985L Anodization Masking Tape, which is specifically designed to withstand the harsh chemicals used during chromic acid anodizing (CAA).
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