Industrial Plating

Anodizing Aluminum: What is it, what it is good for and how HeyScottie helps get your parts anodized quickly and easily

What is Anodizing? Anodizing (a.k.a. anodising) is process that creates an outside skin or layer of protection on aluminum metals (and certain other metals).  Anodizing increases wear resistance and can be done with dye to color the parts. Anodizing is not an added layer – like painting – but rather a chemical process that changes […]

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Are Finishers getting Finished???

From “OnTheLine,” a podcast* from Products Finishing: The main topic is the industry’s response to regulations to transition existing hexavalent chrome to trivalent chromium. In this podcast, Josh Fish, technical director for PAVCO, INC. talks the implications to finishers of the switch to trivalent chrome. Hexavalent chromium is very forgiving.  Trivalent chromium needs more tending:

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17 Ways to stay out of the Trough Of Despair

Most US manufacturers, finishers, and assorted job shops are being kept in the trough of the smile curve (see my previous blog post).  These companies are being pushed down into the trough while new products, services, and processes are being created both to the right and left of this curve and taking all the value with

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Manufacturing in the US is a tough business

Manufacturers are dealt a losing hand in the US. Manufacturing is impacted by environmental laws, the GAAP is more strict with us, and our valuations are out of line with our contribution to GDP.  All these contribute to US Manufacturing being undervalued, under digitized and underappreciated. Manufacturing is becoming a lost art in the US. 

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