ELECTROPLATING

Electroplating

The True Cost of SCR Versus Switch-Mode Rectifiers

Replacing old SCR rectifiers may help lower electrical costs, but choosing between modern SCR and SMPS rectifiers requires some careful consideration. 
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Electroplating

Copper Anode Filming and Sludge Formation

Clarifying the role of film formation and anode-sludge creation in connection with the use of phosphorus-containing copper anodes in electroplating.
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Electroplating

NASF Releases PFAS Sampling and Analysis Plan

New Sampling and Analysis Plan (SAP) includes the best practices for collecting and analyzing PFAS samples from surface finishing operations.  
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Electroplating

A Conversation for International Women in Engineering Day

SIFCO ASC engineers Dr. Ani Zhecheva Brain and Danijela Milosevic-Popovich discuss the challenges of being a woman in a STEM related field, reflect on the achievements of women in engineering and talk about opportunities for women and girls interested in STEM.
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Electroplating

Forplan AG and STC Dip Spin Join Forces

The two companies have formed a strategic alliance to expand capabilities serving the zinc flake coating industry.
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Anodizing

AES Research Project #41: Plating on Anodized Aluminum; Part 3: Pore Structure and Bonding

The effect of anodizing voltage on the adhesion of nickel electrodeposited on anodized aluminum is related to the morphology of the anodic film.  In general, adhesion is a linear function of the applied anodizing voltage.  New data on the initial stages of pore formation during anodizing indicate that: (1) that the growth mechanism during the initial stage (< 10 sec) differs from that during subsequent growth, (2) there is no metallic bonding and (3) electrodeposited nickel coatings typically fill the entire pore.
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Electroplating

AES Research Project #41: Part 4: Adhesion Failure of Electrodeposited Coatings on Anodized Aluminum Alloys

An SEM study of peel-test adhesion specimens from plated coatings on anodized aluminum shows that failure can be categorized in three different modes: (1) specimens exhibiting poor adhesion strength, which fail at the anodic film/coating interface; (2) specimens with good adhesion strength, which fail by local fracture of the anodic film and (3) specimens with excellent adhesion strength , which fail when the applied load is greater than the strength of the alloy substrate.  The effect of anodizing parameters and alloy composition on peel test failure are discussed.
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Liquid Coating

How to Create a ‘Frictionless’ Plating & Coating Supply Chain

Making an outside finishing vendor part of an integrated supply chain cuts costs for both parties and — even more importantly — enables increased throughput.
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Electroplating

Joe Saad Retires from Acme Manufacturing Company

Highly recognized globally as an industry expert in metal finishing, Acme VP of Sales & Maketing Joe Saad has been instrumental in the development polishing automation solutions for automotive trim, truck bumpers, aluminum wheels, plumbing components, hand tools and builders' hardware during his career.
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Electroplating

NASF Update: Paycheck Protection Program

The National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) explains the latest details of the legislative package for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that would reportedly allow more flexibility for surface finishers to spend forgivable loans for payrolls and expenses.
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