Electropolishing Service

Eliminate Burrs, Micro Cracks & Other Imperfections Left Behind in the Manufacturing Process

 

Electropolishing Example: Raw, Passivated & Electropolished

UltraClean_03aWhen you manufacture products like helicopters, medical implants and surgical instruments, food processing equipment, and other critical metal parts, you don’t have a lot of room for error. A microscopic imperfection in a single metal part can mean disaster.

Machining can leave parts with a wide array of imperfections: microburrs, microcracks, free iron, stains, heat tint, oxide scale, and other surface defects that can compromise the fit, finish, function, and durability of metal parts.

Electropolishing eliminates these surface defects by removing 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 metal parts – with 30 times more corrosion resistance than passivation.

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

 

  • Electropolishing Corrosion Resistance: Before & After

    CORROSION RESISTANCE

 

Metal Alloys Suitable for Electropolishing

Electropolishing is ideal for a diverse range of common and specialty alloys, including:

Not sure if your specialty alloy is suitable for our electropolishing service? Contact us today for a free sample, a quote or more information about the metals we can treat and improve.

 

How Electropolishing Works

 

 

How To Get Started

 

Step 1
Electropolishing for Design & Prototyping

Design & Prototyping

Avoid common design flaws and get products to market faster by using electropolishing in the design and prototyping process. We customize racks for each part, and test using full production equipment.

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Step 2
Electropolishing Free Sample

Free Sample

Simply fill out our form and we’ll email you a packing slip and shipping label. Then send us your parts and prints and we’ll electropolish your samples at no cost with a turnaround time of 24 to 48 hours.

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Step 3
Electropolishing Production & QC

Production & QC

Our detailed work instructions (including video), custom racking, state-of-the-art automation, and 65 years of experience all ensure the most precise and consistent electropolishing available for your parts.

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Electropolishing Resources

FINISH FIRST: Electropolishing in the R&D Process

Our Finish First methodology enables world class design and manufacturing engineers to approach metal finishing challenges from the beginning, both as a way to ensure better results prior to penetrant testing, and as an advantage in the design and prototyping stage.

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Whitepaper: Electropolishing to Improve Corrosion Protection

Discover why one of the most common applications for electropolishing is to enhance corrosion resistance on a wide variety of metal alloys, specifically stainless steel. These two case studies show why electropolishing has become a replacement process for passivation.

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Whitepaper: Advantages of Electropolishing for Deburring Metal Parts

Electropolishing, with its ability to remove a microscopically precise layer of surface material with consistent results, is the finishing process of choice for such parts, for many reasons. Learn why electropolishing is more effective than other methods for removing burrs.

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Technical Guide: Your Solution to 7 Metal Surface Problems

Whether you are an original equipment manufacturer (OEM), a part manufacturer or a metal working shop looking to solve these common surface problems, it’s critical to find a solution to adequately address these surface problems in a cost-effective method.

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Electropolishing Videos


Ultracleaning for Metal Parts
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Benefits of Microfinishing Metal Parts
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Improve Corrosion Resistance of Stainless Steel & Aluminum Parts
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Benefits of Electropolishing | Metal Deburring for Microburrs
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Medical Device Manufacturing

Our tightly controlled quality process and ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 certifications make us the preferred partner for many medical device manufacturers across the globe. 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

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. Surface abnormalities lead to part failure, but with electropolishing, parts become more reliable and long lasting.

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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

Corrosion resistance and microfinish improvement are essential for critical automotive parts, making electropolishing an increasingly beneficial option for automakers. Electropolishing both interior and exterior auto parts ensures they will resist premature failure and function at an optimal level.

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Consumer Appliance

Notable examples of appliance parts we electropolish are 400-series stainless steel alloys used in many consumer appliances. Our metal finishing services help increase corrosion resistance for these parts, and by removing the outermost layer of metal withelectropolishing the durability and longevityof these appliance components is increased.

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Food & Beverage

We have a long history of working with the food and beverage industry. Electropolishing materials for this industry eliminates the buildup of bacterial biofilms, as well as keeping the equipment free of contaminants like Salmonella. When it comes to food and beverage processing equipment, safety and cleanliness are of the upmost importance and electropolishing delivers the level of sanitation required by a number of regulatory agencies.

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Hydraulics & Pneumatics

From robotics to heavy mobile equipment, the uses of electropolishing in the hydraulics and pneumatics industry are many. By helping prevent premature part failure, electropolishing reduces the amount of downtime and increases the life cycle of these components. Proper surface finish and cleanliness is key in this industry, and electropolishing attains the finishour customers require.

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Electronics

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

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