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Published: 3/1/2018

Formation of Trivalent Chromium Passivation Layers
The trivalent process is proven to be a safe replacement for hex chrome, but fundamental knowledge of its composition is required.

Published: 2/17/2018

Electroless Nickel Coatings: Appearance, Gloss and Surface Morphology
For decorative coatings, appearance is the essential purpose for application, but also for functional surface finishes it becomes increasingly relevant as an added value on top of specified technical requirements.  Appearance is ...

Published: 2/17/2018

Nanostructures by Anodization of Alumina in Phosphoric Acid at Low Potential
Anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) has been investigated, in terms of influence of the process time, anodizing potential and methanol addition on the structural features of porous anodic alumina formed in 0.1M H3PO4 solution by two-step self-organized anod...

Published: 2/12/2018

40-Under-40 Award Nominations Open
Young professionals are vital to the finishing industry, and it is important to acknowledge those making strides in shaping the industry's future. Products Finishing is recognizing our industry's young talent through our annual 40-Under-40 a...

Published: 1/1/2018

Leveling the Field in Nickel Plating
Profilometry helps determine the leveling characteristics of Watts nickel baths.

Published: 12/19/2017

Additive Manufacturing and Surface Finishing - The 53rd William Blum Lecture
This presentation is the 53rd William Blum Lecture, presented at SUR/FIN 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 6, 2016. In this lecture, Dr. Melissa Klingenberg discusses additive manufacturing; that is, any manufacturing process capable ...

Published: 12/19/2017

Nickel: Science, Health and the Future - The 52nd William Blum Lecture
This presentation is the 52nd William Blum Lecture, presented at SUR/FIN 2015 in Rosemont, Illinois on June 8, 2015. In this lecture, Dr. Hudson Bates discusses the nickel research in his group at the Nickel Producers Environmental Research Ass...

Published: 12/19/2017

Surface Finishing Sustainability: Technology Pathways - The 51st William Blum Lecture
This presentation is the 51st William Blum Lecture, presented at SUR/FIN 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio on June 9, 2014. In this lecture, Dr. Yinlun Huang discusses the critical issue of sustainability in manufacturing with the primary focus on the surface...

Published: 12/19/2017

Decorative Electroplating: Theory to Explain Rapid Corrosion Due to Calcium Chloride ‘Russian Mud’ - The 48th William Blum Lecture
This presentation is the 48th William Blum Lecture, presented at SUR/FIN 2010 in Grand Rapids, Michigan on June 14, 2010. In this lecture, Dr. Donald Snyder describes the phenomena behind a new challenge to decorative Cu-Ni-Cr plating...

Published: 12/1/2017

The $178 Billion Plating Shop
Go inside the Plate Manufacturing Division of the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s picturesque building at 14th Street SW in Washington, D.C. The BEP is this nation’s sole producer of U.S. paper currency, also known as Federal Res...