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   Finishing / Surface Treatment       
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   Abrasive / Blasting       The removal of all visible rust, mill scale, paint and contaminants by the use of power spraying or tumble chamber leaving the metal uniformly white or gray in appearance. 
   Abrasive Flow Machining (AFM)       In the abrasive flow machining (AFM) process, a mixture of abrasive grain in a high viscosity carrier media is passed through the ID or internal openings of the part. AFM processes are used to deburr, polish and generate controlled radius geometry in components.  Orbital AFM processes are used for external finishing and geometry control. MicroAFM processes are used to radius, deburr and improve the surface finish of orifices in nozzles, fuel injectors, spray tips or other parts with very small or micro-sized holes. 
   Anodizing       Anodizing is a process for finishing aluminum alloys that employs electrolytic oxidation of the aluminum surface to produce a protective oxide coating. The anodic coating consists of hydrated aluminum oxide. It is considered resistant to corrosion and abrasion. Conventional coatings are 0.1 to 1.0 mils thick and are mostly transparent, but may be colored.  Anodizing preserves the natural luster and texture of the metal itself. An anodized coating is hard, durable, will never peel and, under normal conditions, will never wear through. This category includes hard coat anodizing. 
   Buffing / Polishing       Polishing, buffing, and belting processes are metal smoothing operations that change the surface appearance of the metal. These operations can be for aesthetic and/or functional purposes. 
   Chemically Accelerated / Isotropic (ISF)       Supplier has chemically accelerated or isotropic superfinishing machines. ISF machines are designed to utilize chemicals to accelerate the material removal or finishing process.  Isotropic superfinishing and electrochemical grinding are examples of chemically accelerated processes. 
   Corona Treatment       Corona treatments enhance bonding between a surface and polymer coatings or adhesives. 
   Deburring / Deflashing       Deburring or radiusing processes round sharp edges or corners. Deflashing processes remove flash or parting lines from forging, casting or molding operations. 
   Electropolishing       Electropolishing is often referred to as a "reverse plating" process.   Electrochemical in nature, electropolishing uses a combination of rectified current and a blended chemical electrolyte bath to remove flaws from the surface of a metal part. The resultant surface is clean and bright.  This feature helped coin the name:  Electropolishing. 
   Honing / Superfinishing       Honing and super finishing are precision finishing process for generation of very flat, smooth or low Ra surface finishes.  Honing and superfinishing can maintain much greater control over geometry or flatness compared to handheld buffers, offhand polishers and tumblers or mass finishing machines. 
   Mass Finishing (Tumbling / Vibratory)       Mass finishing processes are methods for bulk processing of parts.  Tumbler, disc, drum or vibratory finishing equipment is used with abrasive media and compounds. The movement of the media and compounds against the parts imparts the desired surface finish. 
   Mirror Finishing       Supplier has the capability to provide surface with a mirror finish. 
   Oxygen Cleaning       Oxygen cleaning removes combustible oils, greases or other materials that could cause an accidental fire or explosion when in contact with oxygen.  Oxygen cleaning may also involve the removal of excess rust.  Oxygen cleaning is performed on factories with furnaces, autoclaves, aerospace facilities, refineries, pressure gauges, pressure transmitters, regulators, fittings, thermowells, gold mines, hospitals, tubing, pipe, hoses, filters, valves and other assemblies and plants. 
   Passivation       Passivation removes "free iron" contamination left behind on the surface of stainless steel during machining and fabricating. These contaminants may drive premature corrosion and ultimately result in deterioration of the component if not removed. The passivation process also facilitates the formation of a thin, transparent oxide film that protects the stainless steel from corrosion. 
   Peening       In the shot peening process, smooth glass beads or metal shot are blasted at a surface.  They impart compressive residual surface stress, which removes residual tensile surface stresses.  Shot peening improves fatigue strength or performance under high number of load cycles. Shafts or other components exposed to high number of load cycles often require parts or materials with higher fatigue strength. 
   Pickling / Chemical Deburring       Companies perform processes that use etchants, acids, or acid pickles to etch or chemically remove a layer of surface material or sharp edges. 
   Sanding / Grinding       Sanding and grinding processes area used for rough to fine surface finishing operations.   Abrasive discs, belts or grinding wheels are used to remove surface irregularities, clean and/or produce the desired surface finish. 
   Sealing / Impregnation       Sealing and impregnation services use vacuum, pressure, vacuum-pressure (VPI) and/or wicking action techniques to drive resins or coating materials into parts to seal open porosity. 
   Vacuum-Pressure Impregnation (VPI)       Vacuum-pressure impregnation (VPI) process uses a combination of pressure and vacuum to drive the resin into the open porosity or surface cavity defects. VPI is used to seal porous castings, powder metal parts and transformer or motor windings. The sealing process improves integrity and the resistance of the parts to corrosive environmental elements. 
   Other       Other unlisted or unspecified forms of surface treatment. 
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   Cleaning / Parts Washing       
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   Burn-off / Thermal Cleaning       Burn-off or thermal systems use heat to remove any grease, oil, paint or other organic compounds from the surfaces of parts. 
   Degreasing       Degreasing uses a solvent or vapor to clean and remove organic compounds and greases that are insoluble in water or aqueous systems.  Degreasing may also use a non-volatile cleaning agent that solubilizes oil or grease. 
   Plasma Etching / Cleaning       Plasma ashing, plasma cleaning, sputter etching, sputter precleaning or ion milling are processes that use plasma to remove layers of material from a substrate or wafer for cleaning purposes. A clean, contamination-free surface is required for subsequent thin film deposition or wet processing. 
   Pressure / Spray Washing       Spray washers use pressure washing or rinsing capabilities to direct a stream of water or a water / detergent mixture at high pressure to clean or remove surface debris (scale, rust, paint, dirt, grease, and abrasive dust).  Multiple jets with rotating heads are often used to cover a wider area as the surface is traversed or as parts are conveyed through the system. 
   Restoration / Reconditioning       Restoration or reconditioning services are used to bring back damaged components or facilities to a usable condition acceptable to the end user or occupants. Services typically include cleaning, washing, deodorizing, and mold mitigation. Facilities or parts can be damaged by neglect, misuse, fire, water, or other environmental conditions. 
   Sanitizing / Sterilization       Sanitizing or sterilization services destroy or kill bacteria, viruses, mold spores or other microorganisms on the surface of a part or medical device and/or within a container, vial or part.  UV light, biocides, sanitizers, specialized gases and/or heat & pressure (steam or autoclaves) are used to sanitize or sterilize surfaces. 
   Scrub Tank / Immersion Washing       In immersion tank cleaning systems or scrub tanks, parts are immersed in a tank where the cleaning bath is agitated with impellers or paddles, or the parts are scrubbed manually.  
   Stripping / Coating Removal       Stripping and coating removal services remove paint, coatings, or plated layers using a solvent, chemical or mechanical process. 
   Ultrasonic Cleaning       Ultrasonic cleaning systems use immersion tanks with the cleaning solution vibrated at ultrasonic frequencies. Transducers are usually immersible or physically coupled in order to transfer their vibratory energy to the cleaning solution. 
   Other       Other unlisted, specialized, or proprietary machine type. 
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   Material / Substrate Capabilities       
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   Aluminum       A bluish silver-white malleable ductile light trivalent metallic element that has good electrical and thermal conductivity, high reflectivity, and resistance to oxidation. 
   Carbide       Carbides include silicon carbide, tungsten carbide and titanium carbide as well as other compounds of a metal (Ti, W, Cr, and Zr) or metalloid (B, Si) and carbon. Carbides have excellent wear resistance and high hot hardness. 
   Ceramic       Materials made of nonmetallic minerals, such as clay, that have been permanently hardened by firing at a high temperature. Most ceramics resist heat and chemicals. 
   Composites       Composite materials typically consist of a matrix and a dispersed, fibrous or continuous second phase.  The second phase may reinforce (strengthen or stiffen), alter electrical or magnetic properties or enhance wear or erosion resistance. 
   Copper / Copper Alloys       A common reddish metallic element that is ductile and malleable and is one of the best conductors of heat and electricity.  Copper alloys are specified for applications where superior corrosion resistance, electrical conductivity and good bearing surface qualities are desired.  All copper-base alloys are easily plated, brazed, soldered and machined. 
   Glass       Glass is a hard, brittle material consisting of a mixture of silicates that is usually transparent or translucent. It is considered to be a cooled liquid rather than a true solid. 
   Iron / Cast Iron       Iron is a heavy, malleable, ductile, magnetic, silver-white metallic element.  The term "cast iron" refers not to a single material, but to a family of materials whose major constituent is iron, with important trace amounts of carbon and silicon. Cast irons are natural composite materials whose properties are determined by their microstructures - the stable and metastable phases formed during solidification or subsequent heat treatment. The major microstructural constituents of cast irons are: the chemical and morphological forms taken by carbon, and the continuous metal matrix in which the carbon and/or carbide are dispersed. 
   Metal       Metals and alloys such as steel, copper, stainless steel as well as more exotic alloys such as titanium, zirconium, niobium, or palladium. 
   Nickel / Nickel Alloys       Nickel and nickel alloys such as such as Monel®, Kovar®, Invar®, Inconel®, Incoloy®, Hastelloy®, and others. Monel, Inconel and Incoloy are registered trademarks of Special Metals Corporation.  Kovar and Invar are registered trademarks of Carpenter Technology. Hastelloy is a registered trademark of Haynes International. 
   Precious Metals       Relatively scarce, highly corrosion resistant, valuable metals found in periods 5 and 6 of the periodic table. They include ruthenium, rhodium, palladium, silver, osmium, iridium, platinum, and gold. 
   Plastic       Any of numerous organic, synthetic, or processed materials that are mostly thermoplastic or thermosetting polymers of high molecular weight and that can be made into objects, films, or filaments. 
   Stainless Steel       Stainless steel is chemical and corrosion resistant and can have relatively high pressure ratings. 
   Steel / Steel Alloys       Steel is a commercial iron that contains carbon in any amount up to about 1.7 percent as an essential alloying constituent. It is malleable when under suitable conditions, and is distinguished from cast iron by its malleability and lower carbon content. 
   Titanium       Titanium is a hard, lustrous, silvery, element that is relatively abundant in the Earth's crust.  It is known for its lightness, strength, and corrosion resistance.  For this reason it is used widely in the aerospace industry and the medical fields (e.g., replacement joints).  When alloyed with other metals, especially steel, it adds strength and oxidation resistance. 
   Wood       Wood is often cut and dried for use as building material and fuel. 
   Specialty / Other       Other, specialty, proprietary or unlisted material type. 
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   Inspection / Monitoring       Supplier has the capability to inspect, monitor and assess materials, coatings and liners in the field to determine performance or system condition and recommend if repair or corrective actions are required. 
   Material Selection / Design Assistance       Supplier has the capability to aid or optimize material or coating selection and/or assist in the design parameters to improve product performance in the field. 
   New / OEM Parts       Services for cleaning, finishing or coating services of new components or OEM parts. 
   On-site / Field (Large Structures)       Supplier has the capability to provide the services at the customer's site or in the field.  Typically these services are for cleaning, finishing or coating services for such as large structures, equipment, facilities, process tanks, boiler tubes, heat exchangers, production plants, bridges, ships or buildings (exterior or interior).  
   Recoating / Refinishing       Recoating and refinishing services alter or restore damaged coatings and surfaces to a usable condition. 
   Research & Development       Supplier provides research and development services in the areas of coatings, treatments, liners, and other surface engineering related areas. 
   Specialty / Other       Other unlisted, specialized, or proprietary services. 
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Regional Preference
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   North America       This selection will only return companies located in the United States, Canada or Mexico. 
   United States Only       This selection will return only companies located within the United States. 
   Northeast US Only       This selection will return only companies located in the Northeast US; namely Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. 
   Southern US Only       This selection will return only companies located in the Southern US; namely Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C., and West Virginia. 
   Southwest US Only       This selection will return only companies located in the Southwest US; namely Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. 
   Northwest US Only       This selection will return only companies located in the Northwest US; namely Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. 
   Midwest US Only       This selection will return only companies located in the Midwest US; namely Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. 
   Canada Only       This selection will return only companies located in Canada. 
   South / Central America Only       This selection will return only companies with facilities in South American countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, or in Central American countries such as Costa Rica, Honduras, Panama, etc. 
   Europe Only       This selection will return only companies located in Europe; namely Germany, Ireland, Italy, United Kingdom, etc. 
   South Asia Only       This selection will return only companies located in South Asia; namely India, Pakistan, Nepal, etc. 
   Near East Only       This selection will return only companies located in the Near East; namely Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia, etc. 
   East Asia / Pacific Only       This selection will return only companies located in East Asia; namely China, Japan, Taiwan, etc. 
   Africa Only       Companies are located in sub-Saharan Africa. 
   Oceania Only       Companies are located in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and a large group of South Pacific islands that include Micronesia, Polynesia, Guam, Fiji, Tonga, etc.  
   Other       Any unlisted country or region. 
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