As a strong, heat-resistant and high-ductility alloy, tantalum is frequently used in parts for engines, missiles, furnaces, nuclear reactors and chemical processing facilities. It is also a biocompatible alloy frequently used to surgical implants and medical tools. Because this alloy is used in critical applications like thee, there is no room for error or part failure.
Tantalum electropolishing services are a common final step in the manufacturing process to ensure that the parts have the proper fit and function. Electropolishing tantalum parts gives them the smooth, defect-free surface they need to resist corrosion and maintain their integrity with time and heavy use.
Unlike other metal finishing services, electropolishing tantalum is a reverse plating process that completely removes the outer skin of a part. A tantalum part is placed in an electrochemical bath, which strips away a uniform, controlled layer of surface material. The nature of this process allows us to electropolish tantalum parts in various shapes and sizes, including small, delicate and complex shapes.
Removing this outer layer of material eliminates a variety of imperfections that can compromise part performance, including micro cracks and pits that can harbor bacteria, lead to corrosion or expand to cause premature breakage. It also removes contaminants embedded in the surface after manufacturing and smoothes jagged surfaces, making parts more corrosion resistant and less susceptible to snags or failures caused by imperfections like burrs.
Because our tantalum electropolishing services remove the surface imperfections that may be created by other manufacturing practices, they are often specified as a final step in the overall process. Our plant operates 24 hours, 5 days a week and offers expedited processing, so your parts are finished on-schedule and according to your specific needs.
From implantable devices to surgical instruments, electropolishing is a single-process treatment that results in biocompatible, safe and ultra clean parts.
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.
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.
Corrosion resistance and microfinish improvement are essential for critical automotive parts, making electropolishing an increasingly beneficial option for automakers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Even in a year of unprecedented manufacturing obstacles and supply chain bottlenecks, medical manufacturers have bigger challenges.
Electropolishing removes the recast layer created during electrical discharge machining (EDM), improving the fit, function, and finish of metal parts.
Among the most demanding surface finish requirements of any industry, the specifications, standards and quality assurance processes that cover components used by the semiconductor industry impose metal finishing criteria that leave nothing to chance.
Read our e-guide to learn more about electropolishing’s track record of high-quality results in tackling some of the most common metal surface problems manufacturers face.