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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40 Under 40

Products Finishing is recognizing the industry’s top young talent through an annual 40 Under 40 program.

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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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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2020 Top Shops for Liquid and Powder Coating

The sixth annual Top Shops Benchmarking Survey measured shops based on more than 50 operational metrics including lead time, on-time delivery, first-pass quality yield and finishing equipment usage, among others.
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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.
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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.
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Wisconsin's Professional Plating Provides Triple Threat as 5-Time Top Shop

Professional Plating is a 5-Time Products Finishing Top Shop winner that provides plating, powder coating and electrocoating services.
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ASK THE ELECTROPLATING EXPERT

Increasing Low Current Density (LCD) Coverage in Trivalent Chromium

Many factors can influence the low current density (LCD) coverage in a trivalent chromium system. Pavco decorative team manager Shane Moore discusses ideas for improving both chloride and sulfate systems.

Q: Our company plates decorative nickel/chrome parts and recently we have noticed that we aren’t getting chrome coverage in some of the recesses. How can I increase the low current density (LCD) coverage in my trivalent chromium deposit? A: There are many factors that can influence the low current density (LCD) coverage in a trivalent chromium system. Since you didn’t mention which type of system (chloride or ...READ MORE

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Avoiding Adhesion Failure Due to Paraffin

For plating applicators, paraffin residue can cause poor adhesion, delayed blistering or other poor-quality performance of the plated deposit, including poor corrosion resistance. Coventya director of business development Greg Terrell explains how to remove paraffin-based lubricants prior to plating. 
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Troubleshooting Bright Nickel Processes: How to Identify the Problem

For bright nickel process troubleshooting, Doug Lay of Coventya suggests narrowing the scope with a checklist.
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Controlling Quality of Zinc Flake Coatings on Steel Fasteners

Scott McEuen, North American business development manager of zinc flake coatings at Atotech, explains how the quality of zinc flake coatings depends on good adhesion and bonding to the substrate of the fasteners.
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Fixing Dull Parts From Alkaline Zinc-Nickel Bath

A lack of expected brightness is a common malady affecting many alkaline zinc-nickel platers, and MacDermid Enthone’s Adam Blakeley provides some answers to fix it.
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Phosphorus Copper Anodes for Acid Copper Plating

Copper anodes produced from pure copper cathodes will result in a copper purity of greater than 99.99% copper, including silver and the alloyed phosphorus, according to Univertical’s André Depew.
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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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INNOVATIONS IN ELECTROPLATING TECHNOLOGY

Winoa’s High-Performance Grit Reduces Blasting Costs

FABTECH 2020: Stainless steel abrasive designed for surface preparation, cleaning or deburring of nonferrous metals.
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George Koch Sons Customizes Surface Finishing Systems

FABTECH 2020: Company — and divisions PriceWalgren and Jessup — designs, manufactures and installs custom surface finishing equipment for a variety of applications.
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Plateco Customizes Zinc Plating Lines

Company offers customized, fully automated rack electroplating, barrel electroplating and barrel mechanical galvanizing production lines. 
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LPI's Enclosed Blast Lift System Protectors Operators

FABTECH 2020: Enclosed Blast Lift system includes an operator cab that protects operators from the elements and hazards of blast media and blast booth environment. 
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Elcometer Oven Logger Optimizes Curing Process

FABTECH 2020: The 215 Oven Logger offers advanced software functionality for coating and curing processes.
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CCAI Offers English, Spanish Training Manuals

FABTECH 2020: Comprehensive manuals cover system design, pretreatment, powder coating, liquid coatings and equipment.
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