Benchbrite NI-545 TM

BENCHBRITE NI-545 TM is an index based single additive process for bright nickel plating of both ferrous and non-ferrous metals. This nickel process will produce uniform bright deposits with exceptional leveling, ductility, and receptivity to hexavalent chromium plating in low current density areas. BENCHBRITE NI-545 TM, being a single additive process, is normally maintained with one addition agent and operates effectively over a wide solution composition range. This nickel process is ideal where high volume production is required yet have the luxury of a simple operation and control of the … [Read more...]

F-777 LA

F-777 LA is a unique liquid alkaline detergent concentrate used with caustic soda for electro cleaning steel in rack or barrel processes. F-777 LA is a non-phosphated product designed in conjunction with caustic soda to remove smut, light oils, and buffing compound residue from steel. This product is a formulated with a built-in chrome reducer. F-777 LA allows the user to maintain or adjust the detergency of a cleaning solution without the costly additions of non-necessary alkali builders. Also, when more scrubbing action is required, the alkalinity can be increased without having the increase … [Read more...]

Techniclean F-903

TECHNICLEAN F-903 is a general purpose alkaline liquid cleaning compound used for soak and/or electro cleaning of ferrous and non-ferrous metals. The TECHNICLEAN F-903 is buffered and formulated to inhibit attack on non-ferrous base metals. It is also free-rinsing and works well even in hard water. It is low foaming and may be used electrolytically for both cathodic and anodic cleaning cycles. TECHNICLEAN F-903 removes oil and grease from the work surface by displacing it, rather than emulsifying it. With proper solution skimming to remove the oil, TECHNICLEAN F-903 will result in extremely … [Read more...]

Ratios in Metal Plating

3 common, “rule of thumb” ratios I come across regularly in metal plating deal with bright acid tin, spray washing, and high metal alkaline zinc.  This article will briefly discuss each “rule” and offer suggestions based on real life scenarios to determine if they are “rules”, helpful suggestions, or flat out myths.  It is advised that you contact your supplier before making any changes to your existing metal plating system, but these may be helpful when analyzing your baths and considering the efficiency, distribution, and/or bath life of the chemistry in your process. Bright Acid Tin … [Read more...]

Trivalent Chromates 101

To coat metal parts, chromates are used to enhance the life of the part. Typically, chromates are used on zinc plated parts whether it be alkaline non-cyanide or chloride applications. These trivalent chromate conversion coatings offer prolonged corrosion protection to finished parts. In the past, hexavalent chromates were predominantly used throughout the metal finishing industry. Today, to meet RoHS compliances and environmental safety standards, the metal finishing industry has moved in the direction of trivalent chromates. Trivalent conversion coatings have shown to produce a scratch … [Read more...]

Prepicilin, The Cure for Platitosis!

No more ugly blisters, telltale peeling or adhesion failures. This advanced process ensures you will have the pretreatment system to run clean parts through your finishing system. Call 1.800.428.0719 for Prepicilin Therapy! … [Read more...]

Do You Suffer From Platitosis?

Symptoms Include: Anxiety caused by plating rejects Difficulty sleeping due to problem phone calls from third shift supervisors Fear of customers whose requirements cannot be met Get immediate relief from the problem solvers at Asterion. … [Read more...]

Phosphating at Low Temperatures for Ferrous Metals

Phosphating at ambient temperature and at high temperature both have weaknesses.  Room temperature phosphating produces large amounts of sediment and slime, shows poor wear and corrosion resistance, and can produce fungus.  Phosphating at high temperatures (145-160 degrees F) will result in high energy consumption, as well as greater chemical consumption. Phosphating processes at lower temperatures (110-120 degrees F) has shown the strengths in producing a fast coating forming rate, low energy consumption, manageable sludge beds, and good corrosion resistance. Iron phosphate conversion … [Read more...]

OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard

Aligning with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published the original Hazard Communication Standard to provide an information system on hazardous chemicals that are used in the workplace.  The purpose was to give workers that are exposed to chemicals the “right to know”.  By aligning with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS), OSHA now states that workers have the “right to understand”. … [Read more...]

Use Potassium Permangante to Remove Contaminents in Bright Nickel Plating Solution

Unwanted organic contamination is a common problem when using bright nickel plating solutions. To remove contaminants both from outside sources and from brightner breakdown Oxidation treatments are routinely needed. Using potassium permanganate to oxidize and breakdown the organic contaminants so they can be more easily removed on a carbon pack-on filter is a common solution. Permanganate is a popular choice because it is a much stronger oxidizing agent than hydrogen peroxide and will will remove the more stubborn organic materials. Unfortunately overuse of the permanganate will cause … [Read more...]