Asterion® Ultra™ Alkaline Zinc Systems Reduce Rejects, Increase Productivity

INDIANAPOLIS, March 12, 2017 – Asterion® Ultra™ alkaline zinc systems have been introduced by Asterion, LLC. Providing the ultimate in corrosion protection, the RoHS compliant systems are engineered to reduce rejects, increase productivity, and enhance appearance. Each Asterion Ultra system includes the TECHNIBRITE™ Ultra Zn alkaline zinc process. The process delivers bright, ductile deposits with uniform and precise thickness distributions over a wide current density range. Offering exceptional chromate adhesion, TECHNIBRITE Ultra Zn is highly tolerant to zinc brightener levels and … [Read more...]

Different Courses, Same Strokes

This past September I was fortunate enough to chair a committee of several hundred volunteers for the BMW Championship held just after Labor Day at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana. The BMW is the third leg of the PGA Tour’s Fed Ex Cup, the Playoffs of the PGA Tour. This event is limited to the top 70 players who have qualified over the previous two tournaments of the Playoffs. The BMW Championship has no cut and the top 35 move on to the final event which determines the winner of the Fed Ex Cup and more than Ten Millions Dollars is held at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. The BMW … [Read more...]

Sample Analysis with Confidence

Regardless of the circumstances, Asterion is committed to supporting each ounce of chemistry that leaves its facility. While there are many ways we support our customers, sample analysis is arguably the most useful and efficient form of technical support a chemical supplier can offer. And as hard as it may be to believe, many chemical suppliers do not provide any free technical support or laboratory analysis. I’m pleased to note that this is not the case with Asterion. Our sample analysis process, while detail-oriented and comprehensive, is designed with timeliness and accuracy in mind. … [Read more...]

REFLECTION, GRATITUDE, AND COMMITMENT

On behalf of the Asterion Team, Happy New Year! I hope you found time to relax, recharge and enjoy the company of loved ones. As we embark on a new year, it’s important to reflect and acknowledge those that made 2016 a success. Please allow me to express our deep gratitude for your business and trust. Through close collaboration with customers and partners, several key milestones were achieved, including: Successful introduction of TECHNIPLATE™ NIC-1200 high speed, high phosphorous electroless nickel process Launch of a new Sample Analysis Submission process designed to ensure … [Read more...]

Tips for Maintaining Your Process Line

If you are like most platers, you have a laundry list of things that need to be accomplished around your shop. Realistically, you don’t have enough time to do it yourself. However, if you were to divvy these jobs up, it would substantially assist in ensuring your shop is running at optimum performance. With this in mind, I offer you the following checklist that will assist in completing the tasks at hand. The list should include those responsible for completing each individual item, as well as the frequency for the task to be completed. Most importantly, posting the list in a common area, … [Read more...]

TECHNIPLATE™ E-NIC 1200 High Speed, High Phosphorous EN Introduced

INDIANAPOLIS, November 29, 2016 – TECHNIPLATE™ E-NIC 1200 high speed, high phosphorous electroless nickel process has been introduced by Asterion, LLC. Providing exceptional corrosion and wear resistance, the process imparts a semi-bright deposit that is RoHS compliant and meets the stringent requirements of the ELV and WEE directives. TECHNIPLATE E-NIC 1200 is production-proven to achieve up to 10% higher throughput versus other conventional electroless nickel processes. The pH self-regulating process affords multiple metal turnovers and may be employed for both rack and barrel … [Read more...]

White Paper Details How Water Selection Impacts the Plating Process

INDIANAPOLIS, October 17, 2016 – Asterion, LLC has published the white paper, “Water and the Plating Process.” Authored by Asterion Technical Sales Engineer, Jake Fisher, the paper details how water plays an integral and critical role in the plating process. Specifically, the paper offers guidance on the selection and use of three types of water: hard, soft and purified. The document details how each interacts in distinct and important ways when used in a rinse tank or process solution. The impact of Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) contained within each water type, as well as cost … [Read more...]

Separate and Different Cleaning Baths Bring Best Results

“Why can’t I use the same bath for both soak cleaning and electrocleaning?” is a question that is often asked, but rarely addressed with one definitive answer. To do so, would be putting your plating line in peril. Sure, sometimes you can employ the same bath for both, but this is seldom an acceptable answer. Other times you can use the same chemistry, but in different concentrations in separate tanks. However, most often dedicated tanks with different soak cleaner and electrocleaner chemistries are required. Here’s why… The soak cleaner’s job is to remove excess oils and … [Read more...]

Alkaline Zinc: Ensuring a Bright Solution without Sacrifice

If I was asked to make a customer wish list, “get my alkaline zinc bath brighter,” would most definitely be near the top of that list. This request would be followed by the comment, “And…while you’re at it, make sure that my bath: …does not sacrifice efficiency and throughput, and; …continues to maintain consistent metal distribution over a range of current densities” Making an alkaline zinc bath brighter seems straight forward enough.  Just add more brightener and you’re all set.  Right? If it were only that simple.  In reality, brightener additions are more often than not … [Read more...]

Asterion New Sample Submission Process Delivers Enhanced Customer Experience

INDIANAPOLIS, September 19, 2016 – Asterion, LLC announced today the launch of a sample analysis submission process for the company’s proprietary plating and pretreatment chemistries. Designed to ensure ease-of-use and quick customer response, the submission process meets growing customer requirements to optimize plating line efficiency and productivity at a low cost of ownership. Customers may submit up to ten sample requests per submission. Every sample is assigned an identifier number for testing at Asterion’s advanced analytical laboratory.  Furthermore, free sample submission kits … [Read more...]