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.
There are a variety of conditions during the molding, handling, and plating of plastic components which could potentially lead to imperfections in the finished product. What causes them?
What's the difference between traditional hexavalent chrome plating and trivalent chrome plating? Let us provide some clarity.
ECF has grown and changed a lot since 1977, and so have ECF employees. Steve Hulst, Kim Vollema, and Beau Shupe have all worked at ECF for years, and during that time, they’ve developed their professional skills, held all sorts of positions and job titles, and advanced their careers. Steve Hulst began his career at … Continue reading Moving Up: How Employees Have Advanced Their Careers at ECF
Sourcing components for your products can be a lengthy and costly ordeal. Read on for a few ways to minimize the hassle and expense of part sourcing.