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How Does Laser Marking Work?

Laser marking is a process in which a laser beam is used to mark machined metal parts. Wondering if laser marking is right for your metal parts? Learn about the process, as well as its benefits. The Laser Marking Process Lasermarking can be used to engrave identifying numbers, designs and more on metal parts. Many companies utilize lasermarking on critical devices. During the marking process, the laser vaporizes metal to engrave markings directly on the part or device. The laser can also produce various colors on meta

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How Does Passivation Work?

Passivation is a metal finishing treatment that companies utilize to protect and enhance parts against corrosion.. To begin passivation, metal parts are placed into a basket and then submerged into a bath of nitric or citric acid. The concentration of the acid removes free iron and other foreign material deposited during part machining. Passivation is simply utilized to remove surface impurities and provide some corrosion resistance. While passivated parts do have a light level of cleansing, they often require additiona

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Why Use Laser Marking and Engraving on Your Metal Parts?

Laser marking can be used to engrave designs, labels, textures and, most commonly, identification markings into metal parts. This process is utilized by a variety of industries for simple product identification, improved product traceability and safety, organizational purposes, and much more. Learn more about the laser marking process and how can be advantageous for your metal parts.   What is Laser Marking and Engraving? The laser marking process can be used to engrave numbers, lettering, barcodes and other

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How Does Electrochemical Polishing Work?

Electrochemical polishing, which is commonly referred to as simply “electropolishing,” is the process of removing a uniform layer of surface material from metal parts to enhance them for corrosion resistance, as well as improved performance and part lifecycle. Many companies utilize electrochemical polishing as the “final step” in the manufacturing process. Wondering how this metal finishing treatment works? Learn more from our guide on electrochemical polishing.   The Electrochemical Polishing Process

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How Does Electropolishing Work?

Metal parts need to be in exceptional condition for enhanced performance and cycle-life value. Without a proper finishing treatment, your parts could be at risk. The solution? Electropolishing. Companies in industries like aerospace, automotive, dental, medical, pharmaceutical and more utilize electropolishing as the “final step” of the manufacturing process to enhance the performance of their metal parts. At Able Electropolishing, we understand electropolishing may seem confusing, which is why we’ve broken down t

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Electropolishing or Passivation: An Infographic Guide

If you aren't familiar with electropolishing, the differences between this process and the passivation process may not be immediately clear. While both are metal finishing operations that treat parts in a chemical solution and improve corrosion resistance, they are drastically different in many other ways. From the metals these processes can treat to the benefits they provide, electropolishing and passivation are considerably different. To help explain the differences between the two, the team at Able Electropolishin

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How to Distinguish Metal Parts

Whether for internal or external use, a system of identification is highly useful for distinguishing like parts. Establishing and adhering to such a system enables you to quickly and easily organize metal parts, but you must ensure that your method is useful under different conditions. Printed sticker labels or tags, for example, can wear off over time especially when exposed to moisture. A process like laser marking, on the other hand, is a permanent solution. Laser Marking Benefits Laser marking is a process commonl

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How Much Microfinishing is Enough?

The electropolishing process is renowned for its ability to improve a metal part's microfinish, reducing the surface irregularities and imperfections to create a smoother, better-performing part. Because electropolishing is more precise than other metal polishing methods, it can be used to remove a small amount of surface material, reducing the microfinish value as much as necessary without altering the size and shape of the part more than its tolerances allow. Determining Microinch Value The first step is to determ

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Electropolishing-Both Functional and Decorative

While its benefits include improving corrosion resistance and eliminating surface contamination, one of the most immediately recognizable benefits of electropolishing is decorative. This is because the electropolishing process actually strips away a consistent layer of surface metal from a part, eliminating a wide variety of surface impurities like embedded scale, heat discoloration, debris, oils and more. The Ultracleaning Process Electropolishing provides an ultraclean surface, so named because all types of surfac

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Why Is Electropolishing Used for Medical Devices?

Medical devices, tools and implantable items are used for highly sensitive procedures, and therefore must be expertly finished before they are utilized. Burrs on a cutting implement can break off inside a patient, an implantable device can corrode inside the body and a critical mechanical device can seize up and jam when it's needed the most. To avoid the bodily harm that can result from improperly finished parts, medical device electropolishing is becoming increasingly popular. What does this process do, though, that m

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