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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On the Line Podcast

PF’s On the Line podcast presents stories from the world of finishing in the voices of those who are in the trenches doing the work. Subscribe on your favorite podcast platform.

Polishing Is Spot-On For Arlington Plating

APC has an extensive polishing and buffing department, one that has been a mainstay of the shop for more than 60 years.

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.

Finishing Hall of Fame

  • 2020 Finishing Hall of Fame Inductees

    Brad Andreae, the late Dr. George Dubpernell, Jim Jones, the late Daniel Leonhardt and Clifford Roy are selected for the 2020 Finishing Hall of Fame inductee class.

  • 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

    Abner Brenner, Dr. George E.F. Brewer, Daniel Brockman, Richard Crain, Pieter de Lange, Ronald Duncan, Dr. Erwin Gemmer, David Marsh and Blair Vandivier were picked by an independent panel of industry executives.
     

  • 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees

    Jack Berg, Nathan Feldstein, George Hogaboom, Joseph Kushner, Harold Read and Charles Walker are honored.

LATEST Anodizing VIDEOS

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.

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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Avoiding Tank Failure

Gary Kriesch leads the business unit at Tri-Mer Corp. that specializes in turnkey anodizing, electrocoating and other metal finishing systems. In this helpful article, he offers insights into the design, selection and maintenance of tanks that are the heart of those systems.

Gary Kriesch leads the business unit at Tri-Mer Corp. that specializes in turnkey anodizing, electrocoating and other metal finishing systems. Photo Credit: Tri-Mer Corp. Q. What advice do you have for selecting process tanks? It begins with design. The most critical joint in a welded tank — whether metal or polymer — is the weld between the bottom channel and the vertical. The entire design is based around ...READ MORE

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Understanding the Hidden Costs and Benefits of Anodizing

Anodizing has capital costs and benefits beyond the machines — companies evaluating in-house systems should examine them carefully before committing.
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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.
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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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INNOVATIONS IN ANODIZING TECHNOLOGY

Coventya Launches Alumal Elox 557

Coventya Inc. introduces Alumal Elox 557, a liquid product designed to enhance the conventional anodizing electrolyte based on sulfuric acid.

CHEMEON's eTCP RTU Uses Color for Application Verification

CHEMEON’s eTCP RTU conversion coating and anodic seal leaves a distinct violet coloration on coated parts, easing quality assurance efforts.

MacDermid Enthone Targets New Autotex AM Film to Restaurants

MacDermid Enthone has debuted a new Autotex AM hardcoat film with antimicrobial features. The company recommends this film for quick service restaurants.

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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