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Published: 5/1/2011

EPA may require “financial assurances” in plating industry
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is currently mulling what industries to invoke new clean-up rules as part of the Comprehensive Environmental Recovery and Liability Act.

Published: 4/1/2011

Antimicrobial coatings: Billion Dollar Bugs
Antimicrobial coatings are starting to make an even bigger entry into U.S. homes. More consumer goods manufacturers are offering “germ resistant” surfaces on many household items such as refrigerators, dishwashers, stoves and other appli...

Published: 4/1/2011

PCX PREVIEW: Precision Cleaning
In the finishing world, there are four common precision cleaning processes: hydrocarbon, aqueous, semi-aqueous, and vapor degreasing. Each has its strengths and disadvantages, but one of the biggest problems with aqueous and semi-aqueous cleaning is...

Published: 3/2/2011

Getting a Good Finish Begins with a Great Start
Virtually all metal parts and many plastic parts have some sort of finish applied to them. These finishes are applied to improve appearance, increase corrosion resistance and enhance wear resistance.

Published: 3/1/2011

Pre-Colored Stainless Steel Improves Product Design, Productivity
Sandvik Materials Technology has rolled out a pre-coated metal strip steel intended to boost productivity and reduce environmental constraints associated with plating and coating in multiple industries.

Published: 3/1/2011

Cr(III) Conversion Layers on Zinc and Zinc Alloys: Evolution and Perspectives
Trivalent chromium conversion layers have successfully replaced hexavalent conversion chromium on zinc and zinc alloys for many applications, especially in the automotive industry since the entry in force of the ELV directive.

Published: 3/1/2011

Non-PFOS, Permanent Mist Suppressants for Hard Chromium Plating, Decorative Chromium Plating and Chromic Etch Applications
Mist suppressants are an important tool for reducing exposure of workers to Cr(VI) during plating and etching operations. A common raw material used for efficient mist suppressants was, and still is, PFOS. PFOS is subject to legislation across th...

Published: 1/31/2011

Finisher's Think Tank: Rinsing: An Important Part of the Cycle
The following points may apply to specific metal finishing operations, such as: plating, painting and powder coating, anodizing, colorizing, oxidizing and other specialties.

Published: 12/23/2010

Electroless Nickel Solution Adds Chemical Marker
The day may have arrived when finishers can now grab a small electronic device and test to see if the rejects coming back to them were actually finished in their shop, and not, say, in the customer’s second-source finisher.

Published: 12/1/2010

New Uses For Anodized Aluminum Oxide
Anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) has attracted significant interest among the nano-science and engineering research community in recent years. AAO consists of highly aligned nanopores “self-assembled” in a hexagonally close-packed pattern.