Electropolishing: Precise Material Removal for Sizing

Electropolishing is an ideal process for achieving precise and accurate final sizing of parts that may be oversize as a result of operator or machine error, heat treatment or other reasons.

It is also recommended for fragile or machined parts that cannot be sized using other methods because of the potential for damage. Parts that require unique or special tapering, precise weight control or simultaneous deburring and sizing are often electropolished. Electropolishing can achieve consistent results across all surfaces with a degree of control unmatched by other traditional metal removal processes, calibrated to tolerances as low as +/- .0001” per surface, depending on the alloy and the application.

How Able Electropolishing Achieves Precise Stock Removal

Determining the precise amount of material to be removed often begins with our free sample process, in which parts or part prototypes are electropolished to determine the precise amount of material removal required to achieve the desired results. For sizing, this can include material removal to achieve a specific material thickness for parts where the needed thickness is not readily available.

For example, a medical manufacturer using a special-order walled 304 stainless steel to create a surgical tube could not easily get the sizing needed without added expense and the introduction of burrs in the process of cutting the material. Electropolishing of coupons to the desired tolerance enabled the manufacturer to then stamp the parts to the needed specifications, saving time and money.

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To see how we can improve the microfinish of your parts, send us your parts or prototypes and we’ll electropolish them for free – we’ll even pay for the shipping. Samples are processed in 24-48 hours.

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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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