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Electropolishing Applications

Electropolishing Stainless Steel Fasteners

Metal Finishing for Stainless Steel Fastener Parts

When you use metal fasteners, like screws and nuts, for your products, you need them to be long-lasting and able to withstand repeated use. Electropolishing offers a value added process that is suited for many applications where decorative finish, as well as superior corrosion resistance, is necessary. With fully polished stainless steel fasteners that have gone through electropolishing, you can maximize your parts’ longevity and save money, eliminating the need for more frequent replacement of parts.

Why Choose Electropolishing

Because electropolishing removes a uniform layer of surface metal, your product will have a uniform, burr-free finish that reduces the chance of galling. Many companies choose electropolishing as a final finishing step for their products in order to increase their longevity and reduce the risk of malfunction over time. For metal fasteners, electropolishing is especially important for the removal of microscopic flaws that could become larger issues in the future. Some polishing processes can remove a certain amount of burrs, but in many cases they won’t create a surface as smooth as electropolishing can accomplish.

Electropolishing is also cost-effective, helping businesses save money on parts that they may otherwise need to replace because of irreversibly damaged surfaces. Stainless steel fasteners are among the many different types of parts that can utilize this process to make sure they are capable of withstanding surface wear through many years of heavy use.

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Benefits of Electropolished Stainless Steel Fasteners

When you manufacture or purchase metal fasteners, such as screws and nuts, you want them to be of the highest quality. By electropolishing your stainless steel fasteners, you can effectively deburr the threads and prevent galling. In addition, when you electropolish fasteners, they also have an improved resistance to corrosion, which is essential for parts that are used in highly corrosive environments like salt water. The marine industry has long known the benefits gained from electropolishing and specifies the process for many of the parts used in their watercrafts and other equipment. The electropolished fasteners exhibit decorative, chrome-like appearances that would be costly to achieve with mechanical polishing and buffing.

Parts that undergo electropolishing can ultimately last longer, and help improve performance by reducing friction that burrs and generally rougher surfaces can cause. The electropolishing process also helps make sure that parts retain uniformity and don’t lose more material than necessary to form a smooth surface.

 

What to Look for in a Fastener Electropolisher

electropolished-screwsWhen you need your fasteners to be electropolished, you’ll need a company that can handle orders of both small and large volumes in a timely manner. At Able, we process orders over three shifts, 5 days a week, receiving and shipping orders from our dock 12 hours each day. To receive your polished stainless steel fasteners on your schedule, we offer multiple delivery options: standard 3 to 5 day, next-day and same-day turnaround. We want to make sure you can use your electropolished parts as soon as possible.

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