Have you ever wondered what the differences are between plating on metal and plating on plastic? Plating both materials have different benefits that you should consider when deciding whether or not to plate your parts. The process of plating plastic and metal parts is also different. Knowing how the process works can also help you … Continue reading How Plating on Plastic Compares to Plating on Metal
Have you ever wondered what the differences are between Electroplating and PVD? While both provide many of the same benefits, there are some big differences you should be aware of. Difference in process, environmental impact, and the benefits each offer are all key factors to consider when choosing the best option for your part. Electroplating … Continue reading What are the Differences Between Electroplating and PVD?
Imperfections caused during the plating process can be difficult to identify and resolve. We've compiled a list of potential causes to help troubleshoot common plating issues.
When subcontracting a process for a component, it is crucial that everyone is on the same page when it comes to the exact specifications for the part, especially when your reputation and budget are at stake should things go wrong.
This year’s company picnic was Saturday, August 5 at Michigan’s Adventure. ECF employees brought their friends and family and gathered for a day of fun in the sun. Everyone had their own take on what made the day special. For some employees, the rides and water park were the highlight of the day. For others, … Continue reading The 2017 Annual ECF Company Picnic at Michigan’s Adventure
After stainless steel part has been manufactured, an important additional step needs to be taken in order to make the part rust-resistant. This vital next step is called passivation which keeps the metal from corroding. What is Passivation? Passivation is a process which enhances the corrosion resistance of metal components. During the process, parts are … Continue reading What is Passivation?
PVD (physical vapor deposition) is a highly technical coating process performed in an artificial vacuum, known for its aesthetic and performance benefits. There are several different methods for producing PVD coatings, which include cathode arc evaporation, magnetron sputter, electron beam evaporation, ion beam sputter, and laser ablation. Cathode Arc Evaporation Cathode arc evaporation consists of … Continue reading PVD Methods Explained
Surface finishing is a key method for adding value to a component. Both functional and decorative finishing can add value to a product: how are they different?
“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.”—Albert Einstein Training offers employees the chance to fine-tune their skills and sometimes discover a hidden talent. Continual training ensures opportunity and success for both our employees and our company. There have been many employees taking on training in order to learn more about new … Continue reading What Are We Training For? Work.
REACH has been on everyone’s tongue in the surface finishing industry for the last decade. But what is REACH, specifically, and what does it mean for the industry? Let us explain.