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Electropolishing Benefits for Metal Alloys

When people discuss electropolishing, the first thing that comes to mind is a part with a bright finish. Though the bright finish is the most identifiable trait, there are some important, often overlooked benefits of this material removal process. These benefits include deburring, microfinish improvement, ultracleaning, improved corrosion resistance, fatigue life improvement and sizing. These metal improvement benefits offer great promise to design and production engineers for cost savings and product improvement.

Deburring

Electropolishing is an effective process for deburring metal parts. Because electropolishing removes surface metal from a part, it eliminates burrs on the surface, as well. This process is frequently used for deburring delicate or intricate parts that are not necessarily well-suited for vibratory finishing or conventional tumbling, and it is effective on a variety of metals regardless of their hardness. Learn more >

Improved Corrosion Resistance

By eliminating surface imperfections and contaminants embedded in a metal part’s surface, electropolishing significantly improves long-term corrosion resistance. In salt spray testing conducted by an independent facility outside of Able Electropolishing, electropolished metal parts benefited from higher corrosion resistance than raw and passivated parts. Removing surface imperfections eliminates areas where moisture and contaminants can collect and lead to corrosion. Learn more >

Ultracleaning

Electropolishing removes surface metal and imbedded scale, rust, grinding compounds, foreign debris, and oils, creating a bright, uniform finish that does not peel or abrade. This finish increases corrosion resistance and improves weldability without affecting surface hardness or introducing stresses to parts. Learn more >

Microfinish Improvement

Electropolishing improves microfinish values even on complex or fragile parts that are not well-suited for methods like grinding, lapping or harperizing. It reduces the microscopic peaks caused by metalworking operations like stamping, welding, and forming, reducing microfinish values and improving part performance. Learn more >

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Medical Device Manufacturing

Medical Device Manufacturing

From implantable devices to surgical instruments, electropolishing is a single-process treatment that results in biocompatible, safe and ultra clean parts.

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Aerospace

Aerospace

We offer aerospace vendors and original equipment manufacturers our signature metal finishing services to increase fatigue-resistance for their metal parts, rendering them capable of withstanding the stress and corrosion that comes with long-term use.

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Pharmaceutical

Pharmaceutical

Our strict adherence to industry standards ensures that pharmaceutical components are electropolished in accordance with ASTM B912 and ASME BPE specifications. These products are clean and smooth, corrosion resistant and contaminant free.

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Automotive

Automotive

Corrosion resistance and microfinish improvement are essential for critical automotive parts, making electropolishing an increasingly beneficial option for automakers.

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Consumer Appliance

Consumer Appliance

Our metal finishing services help increase corrosion resistance for these parts, and by removing the outermost layer of metal withelectropolishing the durability and longevity of these appliance components is increased.

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Food & Beverage

Food & Beverage

Electropolishing materials for this industry eliminates the buildup of bacterial biofilms, as well as keeping the equipment free of contaminants like Salmonella. Electropolishing delivers the level of sanitation required by a number of regulatory agencies.

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Hydraulics & Pneumatics

Hydraulics & Pneumatics

From robotics to mobile equipment, the uses of electropolishing in the hydraulics and pneumatics industry are many. By helping prevent premature part failure, electropolishing reduces downtime and increases the life cycle of these components.

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Electronics

Electronics

Improving conductivity and performance is just one benefit electropolishing offers for electronics parts. The surface finish is improved by as much as 50%, removing imperfections from the material without material removal.

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