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Parts were originally blasted after casting, but this caused seating problems when assembled with other components, causing leaking to occur. The customer then machined the problem areas but the... (View Full Article)
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The 316L stainless steel shaft has two 316L stainless steel tabs that are welded on the outside of the shaft. This causes weld discoloration, a contaminating oxice.... (View Full Article)
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Our customer receives the nine-inch long lead frames with a burr from the stamping die-break as well as sharp corners. The copper is 0.20" thick and very fragile, plus the design is complex.... (View Full Article)
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This part was fabricated out of an unusual material, leaving the customer with few references for finishing specifications. The customer needed to clean the parts efficiently so they would be... (View Full Article)
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The customer needed these lock rods to be bright and shiny, in order to match chrome on tractor trailers. The customer was mechanically polishing the aluminum rods to remove weld discoloration and... (View Full Article)
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The customer needed to improve the reflectivity properties of the part. Increased reflectivity was necessary because this part was used in conjunction with low wattage halogen bulbs. The reflector was... (View Full Article)
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The component is part of an antenna splitter for a fixed signal cellular antenna. It is used to communicate with several radios on one signal. The part is black anodized as a final finish. The end... (View Full Article)
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These stainless parts are used in an automotive painting application. End users reported to the manufacturer that they were experiencing corrosion problems when using the parts with water based... (View Full Article)
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The customer needed to brighten the parts, but also needed to enhance the corrosion resistance because of the application and environment. The unique problem associated with this part is that the... (View Full Article)
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When the news came out that stainless steel can harbor bacterial biofilms, a Dallas, Georgia, company decided to test its metal against other materials. The results were good news for anyone wanting... (View Full Article)
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The customer needed to deburr the part after stamping so no small burrs would cause the switch to fail prematurely or cause malfunction. In addition, this part was designed to be used in a dust free... (View Full Article)
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The customer needed to deburr the part after stamping so no small burrs would cause the switch to fail prematurely or cause malfunction. In addition, this part was designed to be used in a dust free... (View Full Article)
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This component is part of a consumer assembly. The 410 alloy and fabrication processes were specified to match the application - a cutting utensil. Grinding operation left feather burrs along the... (View Full Article)
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The aluminum mandrel is used to mold hoses for the automotive industry. The customer needed a way to smooth the inside of the hoses, and improve the "cleanability" of the mandrel. By improving their... (View Full Article)
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These parts were quite small (note comparison to the paper clip), yet had an important application in a medical assembly. The smaller diameter on the shaft moves up and down in conjunction with other... (View Full Article)
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Actual size of the part is 3/32" diameter, and 1/4" long. After machining, this part is used as a mold for a cochlear implant. Nickel and Gold are plated over the part and the underlying part is... (View Full Article)
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The customer was experiencing product flow and cleaning problems when used with powdered food products. The hopper had been blasted which impinges the metal, making the surface susceptible to product... (View Full Article)
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This bracket is used in a knife assembly. The customer needed a smooth part free of burrs after stamping. The customer used a vibratory finishing process, but found the media could not penetrate into... (View Full Article)
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This small and delicate part is used in an aircraft lighting application. The customer needed a clean part overall, but also shiny enough to improve reflectivity on the critical surfaces.... (View Full Article)
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This part is used as a visible component in a high quality bicycle. The customer was spending extensive time and money hand polishing and cleaning the rough forging before color anodizing. Their... (View Full Article)
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Customers main objective was to remove the recast layer on parts that might interfere with other moving parts. Also, parts were not falling into specified range tolerances as called out by the blue... (View Full Article)
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The part depicted is a critical component of a needleless injection system. The part literally rubs against another metal part surface, and the metal-to-metal contact was creating some product... (View Full Article)
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The customer needed a reliable method to insure corrosion resistance on spraying system components. Passivation alone would not stand up to constant use. These parts are used in a variety of... (View Full Article)
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This wire form is an antenna wire used in a cellular application. The customer needed a clean part that could withstand the weather and road salts. Being a visible part, the surface needed to be... (View Full Article)
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Customer needed a bright decorative finish that would stand up to harsh environment. In addition, there was a need to remove the copper coating which is used for lubrication during machining.... (View Full Article)
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The alloy's skin has iron and steel particles imbedded on the surface after coming in contact with carbon steel tooling during fabrication. This normal surface contamination caused rust to appear on... (View Full Article)
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Customer needed to enhance corrosion resistance of complex compression springs that hold down tarps for swimming pools. Parts were rusting due to contact with outdoor elements and a chlorine... (View Full Article)
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The customer was experiencing corrosion problems after brazing the two metals on the inside of the seal (see photo of critical area). The customer needed to remove the rust while still maintaining the... (View Full Article)
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The customer needed a way to deburr the nozzle orifice and improve corrosion resistance. Being a point of focus for the gun assembly, the customer also wanted a highly decorative finish.... (View Full Article)
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Customer needed parts to stand up to harsh outdoor environment and to match chrome parts on semi-tractors. The parts were dull and contaminated with surface impurities from normal fabrication.... (View Full Article)
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The threads on the part were machined oversize. Parts wouldn't accept go gage and their customer rejected parts.... (View Full Article)
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Our customer is looking to package poultry product with their equipment. The atmosphere in the packaging area is humid and cold. They want to offer their customer the cleanest possible components on... (View Full Article)
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The customer needed to have the surface of the machined flange clean from any contaminants. Being a critical pharmaceutical application, the engineers wanted to have all product contact surfaces clean... (View Full Article)
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The customer needed extremely clean parts that are used in biological labs, and pharmaceutical labs. After mechanically polishing, they needed to insure that all surfaces were clean and smooth, free... (View Full Article)
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This complex and expensive assembly is used in a critical semiconductor application. The customer needed to meet very stringent surface cleanliness standards as well as meet high corrosion resistance... (View Full Article)
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Customer needs part to be clean and free from contaminants but still have a somewhat bright finish.... (View Full Article)
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The part needs to be free of contaminants for use in a surgical environment. In addition, excess brazing had to be removed to improve the overall aesthetics. Finally, there was a need to enhance the... (View Full Article)
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The customer had to find an economical way to remove contaminants from the surface of the finished parts. The part is used in a critical medical oxygen environment. The customer was also looking to... (View Full Article)
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Our customer chemically etches intricate, thin components. The material can be as thin as .008". The part must be chemically clean and burr free, as they are part of a clean room component/assembly.... (View Full Article)
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The 'Hermetic Assembly' which is made of 304L stainless steel 'body' and a molybdenum 'pin'. They are glass fused in an oven. The glass baking operation created a green oxide layer, which needed to be... (View Full Article)
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The 'Proximal Arm Tube' is part of a wheelchair accessory. It is part of a component that simulates a shoulder and elbow joint to allow paralyzed people to feed themselves. Our customer had been... (View Full Article)
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Our customer requires a clean contaminant free surface. The part is part of an assembly that moves products such as milk, beer and pharmaceutical products. The part is machined then mechanically... (View Full Article)
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The customer was looking to improve upon the performance of their parts. The Ball Screw and Ball Screw Nut are part of an assembly.... (View Full Article)
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The subject is an integral part in the handling of hard drive components. Each arm on the 'Comb' has a tolerance of +/- .0002". There must be a smooth finish on the angle of each arm. Smoothness is... (View Full Article)
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Our customer manufactures pressure regulators for the 'high purity' semiconductor industry. They found the gases used in that industry are moderate to mildly corrosive. Other applications use purified... (View Full Article)
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The customer needed parts to withstand a variety of environments, such as salt air, harsh chemicals, etc. without rusting or discoloring. The parts are used on fire fighting equipment, and in... (View Full Article)
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This part is used as a flex coupling and has seal rings inserted inside. The part is copper plated to act as a mask prior to Malcomizing/heat treating. After Malcomizing, the 'Sleeve' is stripped of... (View Full Article)
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This component held chemicals that produce oxygen on demand for emergency air breathing masks on commercial airliners. It had to be totally clean and free of contaminates. Engineers feared that... (View Full Article)
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The customer's part is stamped and slotted in one operation. The small size of the part makes it very difficult to mass finish in order to deburr the four slots. A feather burr is still present after... (View Full Article)
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The weldment is used in a food heating system for a major fast food chain. The part is formed and welded. They require a uniform and stain-free appearance. However, the welding creates discoloration... (View Full Article)
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Our customer has designed a fail-safe method to alert the end customer that their fire detection system is working. The 316 stainless steel reflection ring Able® electropolishes reflects... (View Full Article)
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Our customer had heat treated 30,000 303 stainless steel 'Stop Nuts' by accident. As a result, the entire batch of parts were highly discolored and heavily oxidized. They were looking to remove the... (View Full Article)
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Commercial applications for electropolishing have been in use since the early 1950's. Most formal research on the process occurred at that time, motivated by the growth and sophistication in... (View Full Article)
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Thanks to process improvements and exhaustive surface analysis, more people are beginning to see the full range of benefits from controlled metal removal via electropolishing. Restoration of a metal... (View Full Article)
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Electropolishing offers an excellent example. The physics of the process are relatively unchanged from the 1950's, though the applications have grown immensely the past 5 years. when properly applied... (View Full Article)
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Metal finishing has long been regarded as a last-step process with the main purpose of making a metal part look attractive. Vendors of various metal finishing processes certainly emphasize looks over... (View Full Article)
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Metal finishing has long been regarded as a laststep process with the main purpose of making a metal part look attractive. Vendors of various metal finishing processes certainly emphasize looks over... (View Full Article)
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These parts are machined out of extruded material. The customer needed smooth surfaces and to deburr the edges of the parts after machining. Several of the bores were of exacting tolerance, and... (View Full Article)
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This assembly is used in an important leak testing application under a high vacuum environment. Used in a continuous manufacturing process, it needed to be highly corrosion resistant. The part is... (View Full Article)
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The part is similar to panels used in computer hardware applications. Consequently, the part needs to have clean surfaces, free of any contaminants. In addition, the components needed to maintain a... (View Full Article)
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This part is machined from stainless steel and heat treated for hardness. The outside edge around the part is the most critical surface. In final assembly, the remaining micro burrs and "as machined"... (View Full Article)
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Our customer makes a compact breathing oxygen tank, which attaches to a belt around the waist of mining personnel. The Hook/Latch is part of the carrying case. In case of a lack of oxygen the mine... (View Full Article)
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The customer needed to improve the mold release characteristics of the tip of the core that comes in contact with product. Those mold release failures were traced to a combination of surface finish,... (View Full Article)
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In a review of product quality, the customer was looking to extend the life of their immersion heater by removing contaminants from the surface of the tubes. Some of the contamination came from normal... (View Full Article)
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This component pictured to the right is 32" x 35" x 9-3/4". The part is used for depositing substrates on semiconductor chips and required a clean smooth finish inside and out. The customer required a... (View Full Article)
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The customer needed to replace a bright dip operation. In production, the bright dipping caused problems by creating varying end finishes including severely etched conditions. The customer needed a... (View Full Article)
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The end customer designed the 'Extruding Head' as a casting. The casting became extremely difficult to polish in the slotted areas. They tried mechanical polishing, buffing, aluminum oxide blasting... (View Full Article)
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The 'Rinse Arm' is a critical component in a kidney dialysis machine. Our customer requires a clean contaminant free surface after machining and vibratory finishing. There is a blind hole in the... (View Full Article)
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Our customer needs to obtain a hydrophilic (absorbent and smoothly wetted surface) on the large diameter of the Ductor Roller.... (View Full Article)
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Our customer had a problem with extraneous noise in the electric motors they manufacture. After extensive investigation, the noise was traced to the drive system, and specifically the gear surfaces.... (View Full Article)
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End customer needs part to withstand corrosive environment in a hospital setting. Part must withstand regular cleaning with a solution made up of 25% bleach and 75% water.... (View Full Article)
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Our customer required a 32-microinch surface finish and smooth threads. As the volume of production increased, our customer could not handle the volume and pace that costly hand deburring and... (View Full Article)
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This assembly was specified with two different alloys. After machining, the 303 cap is assembled onto the 13-8Mo tube, and is captive after the tube is formed to the desired shape. After assembly, the... (View Full Article)
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Electropolishing is a metal finishing process similar in theory to electroplating. Parts are immersed in a chemical bath and electrical current is applied to the parts. While electroplating deposits... (View Full Article)
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The customer needed a process to remove the residual flux and discoloration created during the brazing operation. The part is a medical electronic component that makes contact with human skin. A clean... (View Full Article)
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This formed bracket is used in a military optical application. The part after forming was dull and under closer inspection showed evidence of imbedded contaminates normal for this type of fabrication.... (View Full Article)
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Passivation is a chemical process that is used to help restore contaminated stainless steel to original corrosion specifications. Parts are placed in baskets and submersed into a diluted nitric acid... (View Full Article)
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Fermi National Accelerator Lab (Fermilab) is continuing to improve its infrastructure for research and development on the processing of superconducting radio frequency cavities. A single cell 3.9 GHz... (View Full Article)
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This part is used in a laboratory or consumer animal containment system. The part is an assembled wire form, and in use, subject to harsh cleaning solutions and therefore very prone to corrosion. The... (View Full Article)
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Our customer welds 304 stainless steel tubes to the 304 stanless steel body. The surfaces must be extremely clean because this equipment operates in a high vacuum.... (View Full Article)
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This assembly is used as a component for a complex printing machine. The customer was looking to improve the corrosion resistance of a clamp assembly and make the clean up cycle easier for the end... (View Full Article)
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The customer had been fabricating components for outdoor fountains in playgrounds and parks, but found that the parts were rusting, and had to be replaced. The finish on the parts was dull, typical... (View Full Article)
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This assembly in final use was constantly immersed in cooking oil and in contact with food products. Fabricated from multiple alloys of stainless that had been perforated and spot welded, the final... (View Full Article)
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This wire rack is used to hold heat packs for use in sports medicine. The customer was looking to improve corrosion resistance of the wire form beyond the normal corrosion specifications of the alloy.... (View Full Article)
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This part is used as a cover for a battery power source. Stainless steel was originally specified to withstand a highly corrosive environment. The customer needed to deburr the edges on the part, but... (View Full Article)
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This assembly in final use was constantly immersed in cooking oil and in contact with food products. Fabricated from multiple alloys of stainless that had been perforated and spot welded, the final... (View Full Article)
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This part is used as a cover for a battery power source. Stainless steel was originally specified to withstand a highly corrosive environment. The customer needed to deburr the edges on the part, but... (View Full Article)
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The customer was experiencing problems with the part after plating and installing. The surface of the parts may not have been clean prior to plating, with resultant adhesion problems and flaking of... (View Full Article)
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The component is used in Europe in an important tracheal application. The customer needed to insure that the part was free of contaminants and offered maximum corrosion resistance to stand up in... (View Full Article)
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Our customer requires the cleanest surface possible. The 'formed tubes' are part of an instrument, which detects volatile and hazardous gasses.... (View Full Article)
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This part occupies a high visibility location on a commercial ice machine. The customer wanted a clean bright part that would be appealing as it came in contact with the ice. The welding operation had... (View Full Article)
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This shelf is used in a food service application. The customer needed a clean assembly with a surface that is resistant to corrosion. The customer also desired to remove weld discoloration. Finally,... (View Full Article)

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