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Metal Pickling vs. Electropolishing

Metal pickling and electropolishing are both metal finishing treatments that can remove surface impurities and contaminants. However, electropolishing continuously proves to be the leading treatment for metal parts made from both specialty and common alloys. Read on to learn about metal pickling and electropolishing, as well as why electropolishing is the most beneficial treatment for parts. What is Metal Pickling? Metal pickling is a metal finishing process that utilizes acids, generally hydrochloric or sulfuric acid

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Tumbling vs. Electropolishing

Tumbling and electropolishing are two finishing treatments that are used to polish metal parts. Want to learn more about tumbling vs. electropolishing? Examine each process below, as well as the benefits, to determine which one is most advantageous for your parts. The Tumbling Process During the tumbling treatments, metal parts are often filled in a container or barrel with an abrasive grit. These pieces are then tumbled with other parts to create a smooth surface. The tumbling process may need to be repeated multiple

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Mechanical Polishing vs. Electropolishing

Mechanical polishing is a manual process performed on individual parts, while electropolishing can be performed on multiple parts at one time. Wondering which treatment provides better results? Follow our guides of the processes of each treatment, as well as the benefits for both. Mechanical Polishing Mechanical polishing uses belts and wheels with various abrasives to remove layers of material from metal parts. The process varies depending on the raw part condition and finish requirements. This is a labor-intensive m

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Metal Plating vs. Electropolishing

Metal plating and electropolishing can both be used to enhance metal parts. Electropolishing will delay the corrosion properties of copper, brass, aluminum and carbon steels and is commonly utilized in conjunction with plating techniques. Want to know more about how electropolishing can improve metal parts and be utilized in addition to metal plating treatments? Examine our guide on both metal treatments. What is Metal Plating? Metal plating is a process in which a part’s surfaces are covered with a metal deposit. T

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Blasting vs. Electropolishing

With so many metal finishing treatments available, many companies are wondering which would be most advantageous for their parts. Blasting and electropolishing are two common finishing procedures used to enhance metal parts. Wondering which treatment will work best for your metal parts? See the attached explanations of both blasting and electropolishing, as well as the benefits of each. What is Blasting? Blasting utilizes a media that is delivered under pressure to clean a metal part. Different finishes require differ

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Vibratory Polishing vs. Electropolishing

As companies examine ways to enhance their metal parts, they will be able to choose from a variety of metal finishing treatments, including vibratory polishing and electropolishing. Each process utilizes different methods to polish parts. They also provide varying results. Wondering whether you should submit metal parts for vibratory polishing or electropolishing? Find out which finishing method proves to be most beneficial and effective. How Vibratory Finishing Works During the vibratory finishing process, metal part

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Laser Marking for Medical Devices and Instruments

In the medical field, doctors and other hospital staff use thousands of different instruments every day. To identify and ensure the correct instruments are used for each application, the instruments must have a specific marking on them. Learn more about the benefits of lasermarking for the medical industry, as well as why unique device identifiers are crucial for patient safety, medical staff accountability and overall organization.   The Laser Marking Process The laser marking process is relatively simple and

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What is Deburring?

As metal parts are fabricated, they undergo a variety of metalworking processes that  can introduce burrs. Untreated metal parts may have jagged edges that can pose a risk to parts’ quality and safety. Deburring with use of electropolishing provides the needed solution. This metal finishing treatment enhances parts’ performance,  improves part appearance, all while maintaining the parts’ shape without warping or distortion. Want to learn more about deburring? Examine the following benefits of this metal finishin

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How Does Laser Marking Work?

Laser marking is a process in which a laser beam is used to mark machined metal parts. Wondering if laser marking is right for your metal parts? Learn about the process, as well as its benefits. The Laser Marking Process Lasermarking can be used to engrave identifying numbers, designs and more on metal parts. Many companies utilize lasermarking on critical devices. During the marking process, the laser vaporizes metal to engrave markings directly on the part or device. The laser can also produce various colors on meta

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How Does Passivation Work?

Passivation is a metal finishing treatment that companies utilize to protect and enhance parts against corrosion.. To begin passivation, metal parts are placed into a basket and then submerged into a bath of nitric or citric acid. The concentration of the acid removes free iron and other foreign material deposited during part machining. Passivation is simply utilized to remove surface impurities and provide some corrosion resistance. While passivated parts do have a light level of cleansing, they often require additiona

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