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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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Great Resources for Finishers <> How to Get Rich on Ocean Water

If you are a finisher, you probably already know about all the trade rags. Everyone knows PCI (Paint and Coatings Industry) Another good one is Products Finishing Weekly. Recent articles include “Coping with Staffing Shortages”, “Powder Coating Heavy Castings” and “Exploring the difference between masking caps and plugs”. But the best website I’ve seen is finishing.com. site looks like it

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How to Stand Out: High Mix and High Configurability

US Manufacturers Need to Quickly Add Product Features and Functionality “As the pace of innovation accelerates across industries, having the flexibility to add product features and functionality becomes paramount. High mix and high configurability are increasingly replacing the “a few options fit most” approach.” * Fletcher Ryan, Jaju Mohit, Mahindroo Abhijit, Mongrin Daniel, Benjamin Plum

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