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Metal finishing features, January 2012

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Development of an Improved Cyanide-free Silver Electrolyte

This article describes in detail the characteristics of SILVERON GT 101 bright silver compared to those obtained from conventional cyanide silver electroly

Materials Matter When Selecting Blasting Nozzles

Manufacturers achieve major improvements in blast nozzle life using CERBIDE™ vs. alternataive materials, including boron carbide, tungsten carbide and alum

New integrated process combines traditional cleaning methods with fluorescence-based inspection.

Ed Petrie, Metal Finishing’s “Adhesion and Bonding” columnist, discusses the three operational mechanisms involved in ensuring optimal paint adhesion.

This article provides a basic understanding about self-clinching fastener technology and the issues associated with surface finishing can help guide the wa

Well-made anodes are critical to any plating process as they: extend bath life; have less metallic contamination; produce parts without roughness; and requ

John Durkee, Metal Finishing’s “Cleaning Times” columnist, provides an overview of OSHA’s recently revised HCS as it relates to those who use cleaning chem

Managing hazardous wastes at a metal finishing plant is a very resource-intensive activity. For operations generating a significant amount of hazardous by-

Successful implementation of transitional metal conversions can save both time and money—but only if the processes are executed properly.

3C Technology has developed—and proposed for commercial applications—a method for electroplating titanium alloys in the form of a coating on plastic and ca

Metal Finishing columnist Leslie Flott discusses the critical role that coating thickness plays in product quality and process/cost control.

Barbara Kanegsberg and Ed Kanegsberg Ph.D., a.k.a the “Cleaning Lady and the Rocket Scientist,” discuss both the positive and negative aspects of metal cle

Ed Petrie, Metal Finishing’s “Adhesion & Bonding” columnist, reviews noise-dampening sealants that have created a niche market for automotive applications.

Metal Finishing columnist Leslie Flott describes how shop managers might use statistical process controls to test operational theories.

The pattern of use of perchloroethylene suggests that reductions in its use in parts cleaning will be slow due to trends in other industries.

In order to solve the problems that exist in traditional multi-stage phosphating, a novel coating system was developed by predispersing an optimum amount

Case study looks at how a New York-based metal finisher adopted new wastewater treatment capabilities, resulting in plating process improvements and electr

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