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ASTM A967 Stainless Steel Passivation Standard: Nitric & Citric

Able Electropolishing provides stainless steel passivation services that meet the rigid standards of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). The standards that collectively make up the ASTM A967 passivation specification ensure that nitric and citric stainless steel passivation is performed properly and with quality results.

What is ASTM A967 Passivation?

The ASTM A967 passivation standard applies to the cleaning, passivation and testing of stainless steel parts. Chemical passivation removes free iron and other surface contaminants from stainless steel parts, improving corrosion resistance. Stainless steel passivation performed to the ASTM A967 standards meets these standards by passing tests that confirm its effectiveness, particularly as it pertains to removing free iron from the cold-worked surfaces. These ASTM-approved tests may include:

  • Water immersion testing
  • Salt spray testing
  • Copper sulfate testing
  • High humidity testing

The ASTM A967 standard provides instructions and acceptance criteria for these and other tests that can verify the quality of a stainless steel passivation operation.

Electropolishing vs. Passivation

Electropolishing Before & After
While passivation is useful for removing free iron and contaminants from stainless steel and is more well known, electropolishing is often a better option and can be used on far more metal alloys.

Electropolishing removes a microscopically precise layer of surface material, to tolerances as low as +/-.0001″, depending on the alloy. This degree of precision and consistency, along with the ability to remove a variety of surface imperfections in one process, is why electropolishing is so often specified for critical parts used in medical implants and surgical instruments, aerospace components and fragile or critical parts used in other industries. Electropolishing is a one-stop process for a micro-smooth, ultraclean, corrosion and pathogen-resistant surface finish – with 30 times more corrosion resistance than passivation.

Electropolishing also eliminates the need for additional metal finishing processes like hand deburring, tumbling, pickling, and cleaning.

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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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