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Electropolishing Gives New Life to Oversized Parts

As anyone who works with metal can attest to, metal parts, have an inherent value; regardless of their current condition, size or shape. Often times, metal parts can be salvaged or repurposed to preform new tasks. Electropolishing: A Brief Introduction Electropolishing is an electrochemical process that combines rectified current with a chemical electrolyte bath to eliminate flaws from the surface of metal parts. The technology was introduced in the 1950s, and since then, electropolishing has been used in a diverse ra

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Electropolishing Refines Surfaces Affected by Galling

At times you may have found that your stainless steel bolts and nuts twist off during installation or find that the bolt's threads are failing to fit together with the threading of the nut. This is known as “thread galling.” What Causes Galling? Essentially, galling is a type of stress that occurs within sliding surfaces. When metal galls, especially if there is a large amount of force compressing the surfaces together, some of the metal is pulled with the contact surface. The most common cause of galling is a com

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Learn How Electropolishing Can Repair Fissures

Fissures are long, fine cracks than can quickly become a serious problem, affecting both part performance and worker safety. Electropolishing is a widely used metal finishing process that improves the life of metal parts, ensuring that they retain their original shape and design. These parts may come in various forms, including wire forms, laser-cut tubes, stampings and machine parts. During the manufacturing process, small flaws on the surface of these parts may be left behind. These flaws, often undetectable to the

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Electropolishing: An Easy Way to Repair Micro Cracks

At Able Electropolishing, our advanced metal treatment techniques can remove micro-cracks that may impede the performance of many metal parts. For 60 years, our services have helped prolong equipment lifespan and increase safety for a wide variety of industries. How Does Electropolishing Work? Electropolishing is an electro-chemical process that dissolves imperfections on the surface of metal. This process enhances microfinish, removes burrs and adds aesthetic value to metal parts. Able Electropolishing proudly pro

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Smooth Out Rough Edges with Electropolishing

In order to prolong their life cycle and perform optimally over time, metal parts must remain in optimal condition. During machining or stamping parts may develop sharp edges and burrs, putting them and the people who use them at risk. Electropolishing, a technology used since the 1950s, is effective in applying a sling radius and deburring metal parts which has benefited industries such as medical, dental, aerospace, automotive, pharmaceutical and many more. At Able Electropolishing, we have been experts in this field

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Remove Imbedded & Surface Contaminants with Electropolishing

If metal surfaces are kept clean and have a sufficient supply of oxygen to maintain their protective layer, they will usually maintain resistance to imbedded and surface contaminants for some time. However, corrosion can always occur with the severity dependent on how stable the environment is. Avoiding Contamination Surface contaminants can take many forms, but are often characterized as anything from a slight brown “blooming” pattern on the surface to deep pitting, rusty spots or scouring on items such as banist

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How Does Electropolishing Refine Rough Surfaces?

Imperfections in the surface of a metal part can create a variety of problems, from premature failure as a result micro cracks to corrosion. Electropolishing is well suited for eliminating these flaws and preventing these results from occurring. During electropolishing, the transfer of metal ions occurs most quickly on the edges or corners of metal parts. The density of the electrochemical power is most concentrated on the high points of the object. This explains how electropolishing (often referred to as “reverse pla

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Scale Removal Using the Electropolishing Technique

At Able Electropolishing, we offer our electropolishing service for a wide variety of common and specialty alloys, including stainless and carbon steel, titanium, aluminum, copper and nickel alloys, as well as Nitinol, Tungsten and other specialty alloys. Electropolishing offers better protection and enhanced performance than other methods such as passivation. Other benefits include: Distortion-Free Electropolishing can provide an even, complete finish on complicated or delicate parts that cannot be subjected to conve

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Electropolishing for Corrosion & Tarnish Resistance

There are many industries that use electropolishing so their parts continue to perform optimally. Preventing contamination, unexpected failures, and costly complications due to corrosion and tarnishing of metals is possible with electroplating. Corrosion is the wearing away of engineered metals due to a chemical reaction. Because of the formation of hydroxide ions, this process is strongly affected by the presence of acid and a low pH. Oxygen exposure will also accelerate the corrosion of most metals. Why do metals

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How Can Electropolishing Remove Burrs?

During manufacturing, metal parts may be subjected to processes that create burrs. Burrs are most commonly characterized as raised edges or small pieces of material that remain attached to an object after a reformation procedure. Burrs usually appear after machining operations such as stamping, drilling, milling, rolling, grinding, engraving or turning. In most cases, these protruding pieces of material must be removed. Left untreated, the quality and safety of the metal parts with burrs may be adversely impacted. T

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