Platinum is one of the most sought-after precious metals in the world, as much for its aesthetic appeal as for its durability, which makes it ideal for a number of industrial applications.
Medical device manufacturers face numerous challenges in their quest to develop the high-quality, top-performing, safe products their specialized client base demands. Metal finishing, the process of altering the surface of a workpiece to enhance its appearance, performance and/or durability, plays a prominent role in most medical device manufacturing operations.
The biomedical industry uses a range of metal instruments, and in recent years, the prevalence of implantable medical devices has increased dramatically. From joint replacements to pacemakers, implanted medical devices are changing the world of biomedical science. A key part of these implants’ functionality involves metallic plating. The biomedical field widely uses metal coating, and […]
Hard chrome plating has been a preferred metal finishing solution since the 1940s — over time it has grown into a $20 billion industry. Chrome’s combination of superior hardness (which easily exceeds that of steel), excellent corrosion protection, abrasion resistance and bright, gleaming finish make chrome plating a top choice for various applications in industries […]
While both are lauded in the jewelry industry for their beautiful appearances, there’s more to palladium and gold than their looks — they are extremely useful metals for a variety of plating applications. Lustrous gold is as useful as it is glamorous, and it is one of the common metals of the electronics industry. Silvery-white […]
Before the 1960s, cadmium, also referred to by its elemental abbreviation “Cd,” was the go-to material for numerous industries. The blossoming aerospace industry and rapidly expanding military industry both sought cadmium for use in several key mechanical applications, but things changed when expanding research discovered several drawbacks of the material, both to public health and […]
Among the vast array of industrial metal finishing options are two comparable processes known as electrophoretic deposition (colloquially known as electrocoating or e-coating) and powder coating. These two processes are similar, as they both involve the application of a coating to a substrate for purposes such as enhancing corrosion protection, increasing wear resistance, promoting adhesion […]
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