STAY AT HOME…and Cook!

During this time at "Stay at Home," have you had enough of Netflix? Are you finding you’ve had your full of the news? Has your appetite for Amazon Prime been more than satisfied? Time to get off that couch and hit the kitchen to whip up these culinary delights! Recommended by two of our top-notch technical sales engineers extraordinaire, Doug Trageser and Randy Postoak, these guys know yummy recipes when then EAT THEM. "Good chemistry," extends beyond the plating floor for these gents. Just wait until you savor these sausage balls. And then top it off with a superior strawberry … [Read more...]

On Air with Blair

For many, in this time of “Social Distancing” and “Stay at Home Orders,” every day seems like the movie “Groundhog Day.” Since I seem to have a very boring social life and enjoy a good television series, over the past months, my friends have asked for recommendations of web-based television show recommendations. Provided below is a list of recommended shows that my wife and I have enjoyed. I have limited the recommendations to Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. They are in no particular order of recommendation. These shows are also NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN. Many have adult themes, … [Read more...]

Alkaline Zinc Plating Revisited

Alkaline non-cyanide zinc (ANCZ) plating has been prevalent in the plating industry for about 50 years. It has become a preferred process for finishers who require a fairly bright zinc-plated finish on parts that have challenging geometrical shapes. ANCZ is typically the chosen zinc process for complicated geometrical shapes due to its ability to plate zinc at a preferred low ratio of zinc thickness from the high current density areas to the low current density areas. Thickness ratios can range anywhere from 1:1 to 2:1 from the high current density area to the low current density area. Bath … [Read more...]

Fixing Excessive Brightener Consumption From Dull Work In Alkaline Non-Cyanide Zinc

As published in Products Finishing Magazine, October 2019 issue. Q. During the summer months as the temperatures have risen in the plant, we’ve been seeing an ever increasing dropoff in brightness of our alkaline zinc line. Even adding significantly more product than normally prescribed dosages has been somewhat ineffective in restoring overall quality. How do we maintain process performance and achieve the finish our customers expect while staying cost effective? A. Although great strides have been made over the last 30 years in the development of alkaline non-cyanide zinc processes … [Read more...]

Is there a better way to provide a high corrosion resistant finish that is not an expensive alloy process?

If a high corrosion resistant finish provided 400+ hours to first white corrosion product and 700+ hours to red corrosion, until now, the answer was NO. Alloy finishes with passivate and seals that were complex and difficult to control were the only choice to achieve 400+ hours to first white corrosion product and 700+ hours to red corrosion. Traditional zinc plating just could not meet these requirements. As a result, finishers and their customers could only look to zinc alloy systems to provide high corrosion resistant attributes. The challenges associated with these processes were just a … [Read more...]

What Would We Do Without SUR/FIN? 

As long as I can remember, there have been musings about SUR/FIN® and its value.  While I agree, there are ways SUR/FIN can be improved, without SUR/FIN where would we as an industry be? There would be no opportunity for surface finishers from various disciplines and backgrounds to meet and discuss issues formally and informally. The latest information on regulatory developments would have be discerned via webinars or articles. While these forums are truly valuable for some things, the opportunity to ask questions in person, or meet with a speaker “offline” do not occur in the … [Read more...]

Increasing Bath Life and Quality of Trivalent Passivates on Zinc Plate

As published in Products Finishing Magazine, April 2019 issue. Q: What is the best way to increase the bath life and quality of trivalent passivates on zinc plate? A: One of the more significant developments of the last 20 years in the metal finishing industry is the commercial development and application of trivalent passivates on zinc electroplate. These developments have allowed applicators to eliminate the use of toxic hexavalent-chromate conversion coatings, thereby safeguarding the health of all involved in the handling and processing of zinc-plated parts. Further, these trivalent … [Read more...]

Asterion “Safety First” Training

As part of the company’s core values to provide safety tools and training to employees, Asterion is committed to conducting American Heart Association (AHA) safety training on a regular basis. The OSHA-compliant training provides critical skills required to respond to and manage an emergency until emergency medical services arrives. Skills covered include first aid, choking relief, and what to do for sudden cardiac arrest. Upon successful completion of the comprehensive course, all participants are certified for two years. As part of the training and our emergency action plan, … [Read more...]

Cleaning Cycle Optimization

Should we be content with letting cleaning baths get contaminated with oils and soils? We can just dump and make up a fresh bath, right? You could go that route, but beware; without proper cleaning blisters, poor adhesion, pitting, peeling, and flaking may start to rear their ugly heads before a fresh bath can be made. There is a better answer. What would happen if agitation and filtration systems were added to a cleaner? The filters remove bulk soils and particulates as they are being introduced to the bath. An agitation system mechanically sweeps particulate matter away from the … [Read more...]

Will 2019 Be Smooth Sailing?

Part of my job is to anticipate the future and like the captain of the ship, steer a course that avoids turbulence as much as possible. Unfortunately, in business there are few adages such as “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight; Red sky at morning, sailor take warning”. As a result, organizational leaders must keep a watchful eye to spot those trends which affect their industry. One of the benefits of travel, whether by air or car, is the isolation which allows the mind to freely flow. Occasionally, these episodes provide an opportunity for reflection. On a recent journey, I noticed six … [Read more...]