Applications Innovation Leads to Better Masking Solutions

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Wolkerstorfer Passivates Giant World Series Trophy

Wolkerstorfer Co. Inc. lends its large passivation tanks, normally used for aerospace and DOD work, to a whole different ballgame. 
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Plating Thickness Pitfalls and Measuring Instruments

Proper coating thickness is crucial in both functional and decorative plating. Here are some common problems and ways to measure coating thickness.
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LiloTree Provides Corrosion Resistance for Nickel Plating

LiloTree launched a corrosion inhibitor designed to prevent nickel corrosion with a barrier level that passivates and protects nickel plated surfaces.

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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.

Q: What should I keep in mind when constructing a racking system? A: A well-designed, well-made rack is not only an integral part of any finishing operation, it’s also an opportunity to save platers money through increased production capacity and reduction of rejects. While almost anyone can make a rack, an understanding of racking materials and their elements is imperative to produce a correct design. By ...READ MORE

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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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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.
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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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Dillon Manufacturing Introduces Wear-Resistant Carbinite

Dillon Manufacturing claims its new Carbinite coating increases jaw gripping strength and tool longevity.

Coventya Tristar 300 Eases Hexavalent Chromium Replacement

Coventya’s Tristar 300 reportedly improves production efficiency while cutting hexavalent chromium from the industrial process.

Asterion's Technibrite SN 200 Enables Tin Plating with Only Two Chemical Processes

The system is suited to both barrel and rack applications to impart lustrous, bright tin deposits.

American Plating Power Releases LYNQ Software Package

American Plating Power offers the LYNQ software package, a Windows-based desktop solution designed to operate up to 30 rectifiers of a variety of makes and models.

Winoa’s High-Performance Grit Reduces Blasting Costs

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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.