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Published: 10/1/2018

The Value of PVD Coatings for Medical Devices
Applying a PVD coating to medical devices can offer both aesthetic and functional advantages. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions.

Published: 10/1/2018

Hard Gold Plating vs. Soft Gold Plating
To properly specify which type of gold electrodeposit is better for a particular application, five key design considerations should be addressed.

Published: 10/1/2018

Sur/Fin Returns to Chicago in 2019
Save the date: June 3-5 in Chicago (Rosemont). You’ll be glad you did.

Published: 9/1/2018

Electroplated Rhenium Proves a Surprising Superconductor
The process paves the road for the next critical steps in the development of cutting-edge supercomputers.

Published: 9/1/2018

How Dissolved Aluminum in Low Caustic Etch Baths Affects Acid-Etched Surfaces
Decreasing the concentration of aluminum in the low caustic step can also lead to problems such as preferential etching.

Published: 8/15/2018

Is it Time to Revisit your Plastic Metallization Process?
The plating on plastics (POP) market has evolved to include an ever-broader range of substrates, huge increases in selective plating demand, using tools such as two-shot molding and laser ablation.

Published: 8/9/2018

Crack Formation during Electrodeposition and Post-deposition Aging of Thin Film Coatings - 9th & 10th Quarterly Report
This NASF-AESF Foundation research project report covers the ninth and tenth quarters of project work (January-June 2018) on this AESF Foundation Research project at the University of Houston.  The work continued towards identifying the ef...

Published: 8/9/2018

Advances in Decorative PVD Chromium Coatings for Polymer Substrates
This article reviews a two-layer, selective coating process which incorporates a specially developed UV-cured paint base coating with a sub-micron thick PVD chromium top coating.  It illustrates the coating’s testing protoc...

Published: 8/1/2018

Hixson Metal Finishing Battles its Way to No. 1
The California shop’s road to success began two decades ago with new leadership and commitment to refocus.

Published: 7/27/2018

Electro-codeposition of MCrAlY Coatings for Advanced Gas Turbine Applications - 2nd Quarterly Research Report
In this quarter, focus was on planned research on the effect of current density and powder density on CrAlY(Ta) particle incorporation in electro-codeposited Ni-CrAlY(Ta) composite coatings.