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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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Metal Pickling vs. Electropolishing

Metal pickling and electropolishing are both metal finishing treatments that can remove surface impurities and contaminants. However, electropolishing continuously proves to be the leading treatment for metal parts made from both specialty and common alloys. Read on to learn about metal pickling and electropolishing, as well as why electropolishing is the most beneficial treatment for parts. What is Metal Pickling? Metal pickling is a metal finishing process that utilizes acids, generally hydrochloric or sulfuric acid

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Tumbling vs. Electropolishing

Tumbling and electropolishing are two finishing treatments that are used to polish metal parts. Want to learn more about tumbling vs. electropolishing? Examine each process below, as well as the benefits, to determine which one is most advantageous for your parts. The Tumbling Process During the tumbling treatments, metal parts are often filled in a container or barrel with an abrasive grit. These pieces are then tumbled with other parts to create a smooth surface. The tumbling process may need to be repeated multiple

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Mechanical Polishing vs. Electropolishing

Mechanical polishing is a manual process performed on individual parts, while electropolishing can be performed on multiple parts at one time. Wondering which treatment provides better results? Follow our guides of the processes of each treatment, as well as the benefits for both. Mechanical Polishing Mechanical polishing uses belts and wheels with various abrasives to remove layers of material from metal parts. The process varies depending on the raw part condition and finish requirements. This is a labor-intensive m

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Metal Plating vs. Electropolishing

Metal plating and electropolishing can both be used to enhance metal parts. Electropolishing will delay the corrosion properties of copper, brass, aluminum and carbon steels and is commonly utilized in conjunction with plating techniques. Want to know more about how electropolishing can improve metal parts and be utilized in addition to metal plating treatments? Examine our guide on both metal treatments. What is Metal Plating? Metal plating is a process in which a part’s surfaces are covered with a metal deposit. T

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Blasting vs. Electropolishing

With so many metal finishing treatments available, many companies are wondering which would be most advantageous for their parts. Blasting and electropolishing are two common finishing procedures used to enhance metal parts. Wondering which treatment will work best for your metal parts? See the attached explanations of both blasting and electropolishing, as well as the benefits of each. What is Blasting? Blasting utilizes a media that is delivered under pressure to clean a metal part. Different finishes require differ

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