SIFCO ASC Reduced Selective Plating Costs with Automation

SIFCO ASC’s automated selective plating workstation not only improved the surface quality of finished products, it reduced process times by 90% and saved Powell Electrical Systems around $100,000 annually.

40 Under 40

Nominate a young finishing professional for Products Finishing’s 40 Under 40 program. It recognizes the finishing industry’s emerging leaders and encourages young talent in the industry.

New Modular Cad Line Enables Landing Gear Overhaul Facility

AerSale recently installed a modular cadmium electroplating line from Ronatec C2C. The new line boasts a complete water recycling system, closed-loop wastewater treatment and an efficient dual microboiler system.
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Valence Surface Technologies Discusses Defense, Space Approvals

During the downturn of the commercial aerospace sector due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Valence has used the time to seek new approvals and put some additional focus on the defense and space markets.
#military #plating #aerospace

Products Finishing at IMTS Spark

Products Finishing announces Plating Insights track at IMTS Spark, a digital experience that connects exhibitors and visitors through educational programming, demonstrations and networking opportunities.

Finishing Hall of Fame

  • 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

    Abner Brenner, Dr. George E.F. Brewer, Daniel Brockman, Richard Crain, Pieter de Lange, Ronald Duncan, Dr. Erwin Gemmer, David Marsh and Blair Vandivier were picked by an independent panel of industry executives.

  • 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees

    Frederick Gumm, John Horner, Dr. Leslie Lancy, John Lindstedt and Milt Stevenson Sr. were elected by a panel for their contributions to the surface finishing industry.

  • 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees

    Jack Berg, Nathan Feldstein, George Hogaboom, Joseph Kushner, Harold Read and Charles Walker are honored.

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Applications Innovation Leads to Better Masking Solutions

When masking product failures are costing you money, it pays to work with an expert that can select or engineer the most efficient solution.
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Technical Plating Talks Recent Expansions

Tyler Thomas, vice president and general manager of Technical Plating (Minneapolis, Minn.), talks about the company’s two newest lines and capabilities.
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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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Longer, Cleaner Plating Bath Life

Angelo Magrone of Bales Metal Surface Solutions suggests adding an agitation and filtration system to keep plating pretreatment tanks cleaner, longer.

Q: What can I do to ensure a longer, cleaner bath life for plating pretreatment? Just like our dinner dishes, letting parts soak is a perfectly adequate way of cleaning them before plating. However, what if we can clean them faster, without interrupting the manufactures’ parameters? I think we can all agree on how important pretreatment is to plating. So why do we tolerate letting cleaning ...READ MORE

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Managing Gold Plating for Electrical Contacts

With electrical contacts continuing to grow smaller, platers need to know how to manage the three key considerations of gold plating: thickness, purity and underplate chemistry.
#asktheexpert #plating

Plating with Zinc-Nickel: Benefits and Challenges

Chad Murphy of Columbia Chemical speaks about the benefits of various types of zinc-nickel alloy, and provides tips for manufacturers about the zinc-nickel plating process.
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3 Tests to Ensure Parts are Clean Prior to Plating

Making sure that all of the pre-processing fluids are removed prior to plating is not as simple as it seems. Richard Held of Haviland Enterprises outlines three tests that can help verify that your parts are clean.
#asktheexpert #plating

How to Troubleshoot and Fix Nickel Show from Hex-Chrome Baths

Nickel show on parts from hexavalent chromium baths can have many causes. Adam Blakeley of MacDermid Enthone lays out potential causes and how to fix them.
#asktheexpert #plating

How to Design an Effective Racking System

Well-designed racking is an important part of any finishing operation. Richard Lang, who handles technical sales for EPSI’s racking and hanging division, offers insights for designing an effective racking system.
#asktheexpert #plating #racking

How to Choose Between Sulfate and Chloride-Based Trivalent Chromium

There are several factors to consider when choosing between sulfate and chloride-based baths for trivalent chromium plating. Mark Schario of Columbia Chemical discusses the differences and what platers should keep in mind when evaluating options.
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Signashield Coating Eliminates Germs from Alpine's HX5

Alpine’s HX5, when coated with Signature Plating’s Signashield, displays antimicrobial properties that make it suitable for high-contact parts.

Columbia's Tricol Reclaim Reduces Trivalent Chrome Costs

Columbia Chemical has launched its Tricol Reclaim solution for trivalent chromium plating, which it says lowers process costs between 40 and 60 percent.

Atotech's DynaSmart Plating Line Enhances Efficiency

Atotech’s DynaSmart includes a new automation system that allows the simultaneous movement of several product carriers through different plating tanks.

Technic Releases Boron-Free TechniBuffer IG pH Buffer

Technic Italgalvano has developed TechniBuffer IG, a boron-free pH buffer for nickel plating that the company says produces higher-quality results than boric-acid solutions.

Technibrite HT 1000 Eases Bright Acid Tin Plating Production

Technibrite HT 1000 from Technic Inc. offers a number of improvements to the bright acid tin-plating process in efficacy, final appearance and usability.

Antimicrobial Properties, Electroless Nickel Durability

LeKem offers antimicrobial electroless nickel, designed for everyday production. Owner Paul Feagins talked to PF about the technology and its efficacy.