Editorial Features for August 2009

Editorial Features Archive

Platers/Painters Profile: Metal Finishing—C.R. Hudgins Style Platers/Painters Profile: Metal Finishing—C.R. Hudgins Style

Investing in the business—and its people—pays big dividends for C.R. Hudgins Plating, a 60-year-old operation based in Lynchburg, Va.

Platers/Painters Profile: Master Metal Finishing Takes Anodizing Seriously Platers/Painters Profile: Master Metal Finishing Takes Anodizing Seriously

From electronics to aircraft parts, Master Metal Finishing of Patterson, N.J., finishes to spec—and beyond.

Deposition of Aluminum Using Ionic Liquids Deposition of Aluminum Using Ionic Liquids

Surface coating is of major importance technically as well as economically. Aluminum surface finishing processes are used not only in traditional fields such as mechanical and plant engineering, aircraft and spacecraft, automotive, and medical technology, but they are a key technology in many other industries as well. The application of functional coatings can modify the properties of material surfaces—for example, their hardness, roughness, chemical resistance, or wettability—to adapt them to the specific technical requirements they must meet. Of special importance in this respect is a coating’s protection against corrosion and wear and tear.