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.
The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) offers insight into the popular and emerging finishes in kitchen and bath, as well as other industries—read our 2017 run-down here.
Finding the right supplier for each stage of your production process is a daunting but essential task. How do you do it?