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Pharmaceutical Industry Electropolishing for Perfect Parts

May 19, 2020 1:03:38 PM
When Less than Perfect is Not Good Enough: Electropolishing for the Pharmaceutical Industry

When it comes to the surface finish of metal parts used in pharmaceutical manufacturing, there is a simple standard: it’s got to be perfect.

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Automation in a Time of Expedited Needs | Able Electropolishing

Automation in a Time of Expedited Needs

It’s “all hands on deck” at Able as we work to electropolish critical metal parts for the manufacturing of medical equipment needed for the COVID-19 outbreak. But not all those hands are human.

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Electropolishing Stamped Metal Parts to Prevent Corrosion & Contamination

Apr 6, 2020 1:57:30 PM
Why Electropolishing is the Best Option for Stamped Metal Parts

The stamping process puts a tremendous amount of pressure on metal parts and can leave behind surface anomalies and defects that affect fit and function.

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Vital Medical Device Electropolishing During COVID-19

Expedited Electropolishing for High Priority Medical Needs During COVID-19

Adapting to conditions under the coronavirus (COVID-19) threat requires different things from each of us.   

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Join Able at the AeroDef Manufacturing Conference to Learn More about Electropolishing for the Aerospace Industry

Mar 6, 2020 9:59:48 AM
Join Able at the AeroDef Manufacturing Conference to Learn More About Electropolishing for the Aerospace Industry

In the aerospace industry, the right metal finishing process is not an aesthetic preference – it’s a crucial step for ensuring the safety and durability of flight-critical parts.

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MD&M West 2020 | Electropolishing for Medical Design & Manufacturing

Join Able Electropolishing at Winter 2020 MD&M West Conference

Stop by booth #381 Feb. 11-13 at the Medical Design and Manufacturing Conference at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.

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Electropolishing Automation Ensures Consist Quality | Able

Jan 29, 2020 9:58:04 PM
State-of-the-Art Automation for Customized, Consistently High-Quality Results

Providing state-of-the-art metal finishing processes for our clients is a process of customization, innovation and commitment. Every part we electropolish or passivate goes through a process of prototyping and testing – including test runs on full production equipment – to ensure precise and consistent results.

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Why Able Electropolishing? Reliable Results for Critically Important Parts

Why Able? Reliable Results for Critically Important Parts

Our clients work in some of the most challenging industries you can imagine, designing and manufacturing parts, tools and devices with critically important functions.

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Get Products to Market Faster with Cost Effective Contract Cleaning

Jan 6, 2020 9:22:15 AM
Get Products to Market Faster with Cost Effective Contract Cleaning Services

The right metal finishing process starts with the right cleaning process to remove grease and other residue left behind in the manufacturing or stamping process.

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Electropolishing for Nitinol: A Specialized Finishing Process for a Unique Alloy

Electropolishing for Nitinol: A Specialized Finishing Process for a Unique Alloy

Pathogen resistance and cleanability are critical features for the makers of medical implants.

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Able Electropolishing Names New CEO, Sales Manager

Dec 10, 2019 2:39:38 PM
Able Electropolishing Names New CEO, Sales Manager

CHICAGO - Able Electropolishing, celebrating 65 years in business this year as a family-owned provider of advanced metal finishing technologies to the medical device, aerospace, food manufacturing and automotive industries, among others, is pleased to announce two key promotions.

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Electropolishing for Safer, More Cleanable Metal Parts | Able

Electropolishing for Safer, More Cleanable Metal Parts

Manufacturers of medical devices and products for the food industry know that a smooth and shiny finish on metal parts is about more than the way a finished product looks.

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Electropolishing Prevents Corrosion for Wire Products | Able

Nov 20, 2019 8:58:11 AM
Electropolishing Helps Wire Products Company Outshine the Competition

At Acme Wire Products, a company that provides custom wire frame products for food service manufacturers, laboratories and other OEMs, a high-quality metal finish is critical for both form and function.

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Electropolishing & the Safety of Reusable Medical Devices | Able

Electropolishing & the Safety of Reusable Medical Devices

In an era of increasing collaboration between medical device manufacturers and healthcare researchers and providers for “clean design,” electropolishing occupies a unique position as a bridge between design and infection control. 

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Electropolishing & Deburring for Hydraulic & Pneumatic Apps | Able

Nov 3, 2019 6:32:46 PM
Hydraulics & Pneumatic Electropolishing

Make Your Parts Last Longer with Electropolishing

Manufacturing components for the hydraulic and pneumatic industries often involve creating the ideal surface finish: neither too rough nor too smooth. When it comes to surface finish, electropolishing can help manufacturers walk that fine line and achieve the ultimate in function.

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Electropolishing Unleashes the Shine on a Pet Tag Connectors | Able

Electropolishing Unleashes the Shine on a Pet Tag Connectors

Doug Danforth had just retired from a career in banking and was thinking about what to do next. His dogs, it turned out, had the answer.

"People often get ideas in the context of their everyday lives,” says Danforth. “My day-to-day life involved changing the tags on my three dogs, and I dreaded it."

With three dogs in his life, Danforth knew first-hand the shortcomings of the small metal rings used to attach tags to pet collars. The ring was an awkward, nail-breaking design that Danforth says hadn’t been improved upon since it was introduced in the 1800s. "No one likes them," he says.

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Medical Device Design for Cleanability | Able Electropolishing

Oct 22, 2019 5:28:00 PM
Medical Design for Cleanability: Learn More at MedTech Conference

Stop by booth #1128 at the Medical Design and Manufacturing Conference Oct. 23-24 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

The design and manufacturing of medical devices is a complex undertaking with patient safety hanging in the balance at every stage in the process.

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Electropolishing: Improving Springs & Stamping Fatigue Life | Able

Electropolishing: Improving Springs & Stamping Fatigue Life

In addition to the more obvious benefits like a bright, shiny exterior, electropolishing is also an ideal metal finishing process for prolonging the fatigue life of metal parts that are required to remain flexible or bendable. These parts come in many forms, including laser-cut tubes, springs, machined parts, stampings and wire forms.

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Laser Marking for Medical Devices & Surgical Instruments | Able

Sep 12, 2019 9:34:53 AM
Laser Marking for Medical Devices and Instruments

In the medical field, doctors and other hospital staff use thousands of different instruments every day. To identify and ensure the correct instruments are used for each application, the instruments must have a specific marking on them. Learn more about the benefits of lasermarking for the medical industry, as well as why unique device identifiers are crucial for patient safety, medical staff accountability and overall organization.

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Able Electropolishing Breaks Ground on Chicago HQ Addition

Able Electropolishing Adds Capacity at its Chicago HQ

On May 14th, 2018, Able Electropolishing broke ground on an expansion of our processing production facility. The construction project, expected to be completed in August of 2018, will effectively increase production capacity to Able Electropolishing's current facility.

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Choosing the Right Finishing Method for Metal Part Problems | Able

Apr 3, 2018 2:27:08 PM
Choosing the Right Finishing Method for Metal Part Problems

If you’re experiencing issues with your metal parts and need a reliable finishing method solution, it can be overwhelming to find the right method to achieve your desired end result.

See how some of the most common finishing methods compare.

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7 Steps for Submitting Samples for Electropolishing | Able

7 Critical Steps for Submitting Samples for Electropolishing

When considering a metal finishing process to solve common metal surface problems, submitting a sample for processing can be a great opportunity to learn the types of results the selected method will yield as well as how it will affect your metal components themselves. If you’re working with prototypes, submitting a sample for processing should be your first step to ensure that the process will result in an optimal finish for the intended application. At Able, we run free samples for our signature electropolishing service at no charge. Electropolishing offers a variety of  benefits including improved corrosion resistance, deburring, ultracleaning, microfinish improvement, and more. Here are the basics you’ll need to provide when submitting a sample part for processing:

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How to Prepare Metal Parts for Electropolishing | Able

Nov 16, 2016 8:30:00 AM
12 Steps for Preparing Parts for Electropolishing

When sending in parts for electropolishing, it is crucial for the parts to be correctly prepared for the process. Since electropolishing is typically the last step in the manufacturing process, proper preparation of parts is crucial for optimal results.

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Why Choose Able for Precision Microfinishing vs. Other Companies

Why Choose Able Electropolishing Over Other Electropolishers

Since its founding in 1954, Able Electropolishing has grown to be the largest electropolishing specialist in the world. Our services are employed by manufacturers who provide parts for a wide range of products – from medical device components to flight critical aerospace components. Below are several reasons to choose Able Electropolishing.

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How to Package Parts for Electropolishing | Able Electropolishing

Sep 9, 2016 9:50:24 AM
Properly Packaging Parts Pre and Post Electropolishing

Often the final step in the manufacturing process, electropolishing offers manufacturers and metalworking shops an array of benefits including enhanced corrosion resistance, fatigue life and microfinish improvement, deburring and more. However, some of these benefits can be negated if parts are improperly packaged when sent for electropolishing or after undergoing electropolishing.

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Prevent Contamination & Particulate Buildup on Metal Parts | Able

Contamination & Particulate Buildup on Metal Parts

Contamination and particulate buildup are major concerns for manufacturers of components used in nearly any industry. From part performance issues to biocompatibility issues, contamination on parts is a critical matter for manufacturers.

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Precise Stock Removal of Metal Parts During Electropolishing | Able

Jun 30, 2016 8:30:00 AM
Stock Removal During Electropolishing

Often the last step in the manufacturing process, electropolishing is a “reverse plating” process that removes the outer skin of metal instead of depositing metal on the surface. . The process removes a uniform layer of metal from parts’ surface to remove surface defects. Using a combination of chemicals and electrical current, electropolishing carefully removes surface imperfections and contaminants from metal parts removing as little as .0002”” up to .003”” (.0001” to .0015” per surface) to produce the desired surface finish

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Electropolishing Removes Metal Stains & Discoloration | Able

How Electropolishing Can Remove Stains and Discoloration from Parts

Stained or discolored parts are unsightly at minimum. When used in critical applications such as electronics or consumer products, these stains become even more problematic, affecting performance and overall appearance.

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Electropolishing Sharp Edges for Medical & Food Prep Equipment | Able

Apr 4, 2016 3:11:22 PM
Electropolishing Sharp Edges

Manufactured parts, whether through stamping, laser cutting, or grinding, often have resulting sharp edges that need to be properly treated before they can be used in their final application

Electropolishing, often the final step in the manufacturing process, can effectively treat sharp edges to achieve the proper finish. Because electropolishing can be used with almost any alloy, including specialty alloys like Nitinol and titanium, it is a preferred finishing method for part engineers and manufacturers.

Whether the final, desired edge is sharp or dull, electropolishing can achieve the desired finish on even the most fragile parts.

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How to Ensure a Precise Finish on Metal Parts | Able Electropolishing

How to Specify Electropolishing

Electropolishing is used to improve surface finish and corrosion resistance, enabling parts to perform better and last longer. While there is no unified standard on how to specify electropolishing, there are some best practices that engineers and manufacturers can use to ensure the final finish on their parts meets their specific requirements.

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Electropolishing Removes Heat Tint & Oxide Scale from Stainless Steel

Feb 26, 2016 2:07:54 PM
Removing Heat Tint and Oxide Scale from Stainless Steel Parts With Electropolishing

Metal parts develop heat tint and oxide scale during manufacturing when exposed to high heat during welding or heat treating. Electropolishing is an effective process for removing the heat tint and associated oxide scale that results from a part being exposed to high heat. By removing the outer skin of metal, the process exposes the base metal and leaves the part passive and with an aesthetically pleasing finish

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Visit Able Electropolishing at Medical Design & Manufacturing W. 2016

Visit Able Electropolishing at the MD&M West 2016 Tradeshow!

The Medical Design & Manufacturing Expo is one of the top events in the industry, well attended by the most innovative suppliers. Able Electropolishing is proud to be participating in this prestigious tradeshow this year, which will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center from Feburary 9-11.


We'll be exhibiting and would love to meet with you to discuss your metal finishing challenges! If you're experiencing any of the following with your parts, stop by our booth:
corrosion
micro cracks and burrs
premature part failure
inadequate microfinish levels
surface contaminants

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Your Desired Microfinish Is Easy with Precision Electropolishing

Dec 17, 2015 9:00:00 AM
What You Need to Know to Achieve Your Desired Microfinish

Achieving the necessary finish on metal components is critical for meeting industry standards and ensuring part performance. However, part manufacturers and engineers often underestimate the requirements needed to achieve that perfect finish on both the macro and micro level.

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How Do I Know If My Part Is Passive? | Able Electropolishing

How Do I Know If My Part Is Passive?

Passivation is an acid-cleaning process designed to remove free iron from the surface of stainless steels. This process is an essential step in removing foreign matter from the surface of the metal and creating a chromium-rich layer that is resistant to corrosion. The process effectively prolongs the part’s lifespan. Passivation can be the differentiating factor between acceptable performance and untimely part breakdown.

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Can Electropolishing Be Used for Threaded Metal Parts?

Oct 1, 2015 2:09:19 PM
Electropolishing Threaded Parts

Since electropolishing is a metal removal process that occurs after machining, engineers sometimes ask, “Will electropolishing destroy my threads?” The answer is no, as long as the process is performed correctly. Oftentimes threads are actually improved after electropolishing.

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Why Deburring is Critical in the Food, Medical & Aerospace | Able

The Why & the How of Deburring Metal Parts

A burr is a raised, rough portion found on the surface of metal parts. This condition is commonly created as a result of machining operations such as cutting, stamping, grinding, milling or broaching.

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Electropolishing Prevents Food Contamination & Bacteria Growth | Able

Sep 22, 2015 1:30:00 PM
Electropolishing Prevents Bacteria Growth on Stainless Steel Surfaces

A major ice cream manufacturer an recently recalled all products when two ice cream samples tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, (listeria), a food-borne bacteria that causes a serious, sometimes fatal infection if ingested. This listeria outbreak has prompted several food production facilities to recall their frozen treats and ice creams that had already been shipped to 23 states.

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Why Is Electropolishing Stainless Steel & Other Alloys Necessary?

Why Electropolish Metal Parts?

If you’re considering the benefits that electropolishing can impart on metal parts and components, this helpful infographic can explain some of the reasons why so many people and businesses choose this process.

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Electropolishing for 300 & 400 Series Stainless Steel Alloys | Able

Sep 2, 2015 1:25:21 PM
Stainless Steel Finishing: What you Need to Know

When finishing stainless steel, there are several key points to be aware of. Like all metal alloys, stainless steel requires unique finishing to attain the desired surface finish. Understanding the composition of the particular stainless steel alloy, how different finishing methods interact with that alloy, and what effects you are looking to achieve are critical to attaining the proper finish for your components. 

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Electropolishing for 416 and 440c Grade Stainless Steel | Able

The Benefits of Electropolishing 440c and 416 Stainless Steel

Stainless steel components can be treated in a number of ways to lengthen their useful life, but the right choice may depend on the grade of stainless steel. What should manufacturers consider when they need to finish 416 or 440c stainless steel?

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Can Electropolishing Stop Plating & Coatings From Peeling? | Able

Apr 6, 2015 3:00:00 AM
Can Electropolishing Stop Plating & Coatings From Peeling?

As a general rule, if metal surfaces are kept sanitary and have an adequate supply of oxygen to preserve their protective layer, they will most likely be able to resist imbedded and surface contaminants for quite a while. Still in most cases, peeling of plating or other coated materials; rust, corrosion and the introduction of other imbedded contaminants can always arise. In certain applications, especially those requiring ultra high purity, this can pose a problem. Electropolishing can help.

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Electropolishing Removes Weld Heat Tint of Stainless Steel | Able

Avoiding Heat Tint Discoloration with Electropolishing

When stainless steel is heated, either in a furnace or in a heat-affected zone (such as welding), the colorization that can sometimes appear is known as heat tint. Often times, when heat tint is present, chromium-rich outer layer is formed. This will most likely affect the part’s corrosion resistance over time.

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Electropolishing: Resolving Conductivity Issues for Electronics | Able

Mar 23, 2015 3:00:47 AM
Resolving Conductivity Issues With Electropolishing

If you are involved in the electronics industry, you know that manufacturers are always searching for new ways to enhance conductivity and equipment performance. It’s possible to greatly diminish the chance of performance failures like arcing or current flow interruption by maintaining a smooth surface that is free of burrs, and other imperfections.

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How Can Electropolishing Remove Weld Discoloration? | Able

How Can Electropolishing Remove Weld Discoloration?

Bonds created by welding (in HAZ-heat affected zones) can be extremely strong, but as anyone in the industry knows, heat application can sometimes result in discoloration. This discoloration often takes the form of a “rainbow” pattern of various colors, but can also appear as a dark or medium gray stain.

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Electropolishing Eliminates Metal Staining & Discoloration | Able

Mar 11, 2015 3:00:58 AM
Eliminate Staining with Electropolishing

Unfortunately, there is no metal that exists (even stainless steel, despite the name) that is completely protected from staining and discoloration. If it is exposed to air, every type of metal can develop stains that can lead to rusting and corrosion in time. But that is no reason to discard this valuable material. At Able Electropolishing, we have been restoring and prolonging the life of metal parts for almost 60 years. Our qualified engineers and technicians are here to listen to your concerns and offer the best possible solution.

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Electropolishing: An Easy Way to Resize Parts | Able

Electropolishing: An Easy Way to Resize Parts

When working with new or raw materials, it often becomes necessary to hone these materials to a specific size. Compared to similar processes, electropolishing is a quick, cost-effective way to achieve customized results.

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Electropolishing: A Decorative Finish Is Just The Beginning | Able

Mar 2, 2015 2:00:29 AM
Electropolishing: A Decorative Finish Is Just The Beginning

Back in the 1950s when it was developed, the electropolishing process earned its name because of the unmistakable bright, shiny finish that it left behind. While certainly a valuable aesthetic benefit and one that enhances appearance and consumer value, the attractive, chrome-like finish of electropolishing is just the beginning.

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Using Electropolishing to Remedy Oversized Metal Parts | Able

Electropolishing Gives New Life to Oversized Parts

As anyone who works with metal can attest to, metal parts, have an inherent value; regardless of their current condition, size or shape. Often times, metal parts can be salvaged or repurposed to preform new tasks.

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Increase Resistance to Stainless Steel Galling with Electropolishing

Feb 23, 2015 2:00:56 AM
Electropolishing Refines Surfaces Affected by Galling

At times you may have found that your stainless steel bolts and nuts twist off during installation or find that the bolt's threads are failing to fit together with the threading of the nut. This is known as “thread galling.”

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Electropolishing Repairs & Prevents Fissures | Able Electropolishing

Learn How Electropolishing Can Repair Fissures

Fissures are long, fine cracks than can quickly become a serious problem, affecting both part performance and worker safety.

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Electropolishing: An Easy Way to Repair Micro Cracks | Able

Feb 11, 2015 2:00:47 AM
Electropolishing: An Easy Way to Repair Micro Cracks

At Able Electropolishing, our advanced metal treatment techniques can remove micro-cracks that may impede the performance of many metal parts. For 60 years, our services have helped prolong equipment lifespan and increase safety for a wide variety of industries.

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Electropolishing Remove Burrs from Machining & Stamping Metal Parts

Smooth Out Rough Edges with Electropolishing

In order to prolong their life cycle and perform optimally over time, metal parts must remain in optimal condition. During machining or stamping parts may develop sharp edges and burrs, putting them and the people who use them at risk. Electropolishing, a technology used since the 1950s, is effective in applying a sling radius and deburring metal parts which has benefited industries such as medical, dental, aerospace, automotive, pharmaceutical and many more. At Able Electropolishing, we have been experts in this field for 60 years, and can break it down for you, step by step.

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Electropolishing Eliminates Embedded Surface Contaminants | Able

Jan 28, 2015 2:00:45 AM
Remove Imbedded & Surface Contaminants with Electropolishing

If metal surfaces are kept clean and have a sufficient supply of oxygen to maintain their protective layer, they will usually maintain resistance to imbedded and surface contaminants for some time. However, corrosion can always occur with the severity dependent on how stable the environment is.

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Deburring Metal Parts & Removing Imperfections | Able Electropolishing

How Does Electropolishing Refine Rough Surfaces?

Imperfections in the surface of a metal part can create a variety of problems, from premature failure as a result micro cracks to corrosion. Electropolishing is well suited for eliminating these flaws and preventing these results from occurring. During electropolishing, the transfer of metal ions occurs most quickly on the edges or corners of metal parts. The density of the electrochemical power is most concentrated on the high points of the object. This explains how electropolishing (often referred to as “reverse plating”) quickly removes metal at these points. Following is a more in-depth process overview.

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Electropolishing for Scale Removal of Stainless & Carbon Steel | Able

Jan 14, 2015 2:00:31 AM
Scale Removal Using the Electropolishing Technique

At Able Electropolishing, we offer our electropolishing service for a wide variety of common and specialty alloys, including stainless and carbon steel, titanium, aluminum, copper and nickel alloys, as well as Nitinol, Tungsten and other specialty alloys. Electropolishing offers better protection and enhanced performance than other methods such as passivation. Other benefits include:

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Electropolishing for Corrosion & Tarnish Resistance | Able

Electropolishing for Corrosion & Tarnish Resistance

There are many industries that use electropolishing so their parts continue to perform optimally. Preventing contamination, unexpected failures, and costly complications due to corrosion and tarnishing of metals is possible with electropolishing.

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Deburring Metal Parts for Better Performance | Able Electropolishing

Dec 31, 2014 2:00:07 AM
How Can Electropolishing Remove Burrs?

During manufacturing, metal parts may be subjected to processes that create burrs. Burrs are most commonly characterized as raised edges or small pieces of material that remain attached to an object after a reformation procedure. Burrs usually appear after machining operations such as stamping, drilling, milling, rolling, grinding, engraving or turning.

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Electropolishing vs. Pickling for Stainless Steel | Able

Metal Pickling vs. Electropolishing

Metal pickling and electropolishing are both metal finishing treatments that can remove surface impurities and contaminants. However, electropolishing continuously proves to be the leading treatment for metal parts made from both specialty and common alloys. Read on to learn about metal pickling and electropolishing, as well as why electropolishing is the most beneficial treatment for parts.

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Electropolishing vs. Metal Tumbling for Smoothing Metal Parts | Able

Dec 3, 2014 3:44:03 AM
Tumbling vs. Electropolishing

Tumbling and electropolishing are two finishing treatments that are used to polish metal parts. Want to learn more about tumbling vs. electropolishing? Examine each process below, as well as the benefits, to determine which one is most advantageous for your parts.

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Electopolishing vs. Mechanical Polishing | Able Electropolishing

Mechanical Polishing vs. Electropolishing

Mechanical polishing is a manual process performed on individual parts, while electropolishing can be performed on multiple parts at one time. Wondering which treatment provides better results? Follow our guides of the processes of each treatment, as well as the benefits for both.

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Electropolishing (Reverse Plating) vs. Metal Plating | Able

Nov 19, 2014 3:40:51 AM
Metal Plating vs. Electropolishing

Metal plating and electropolishing can both be used to enhance metal parts. Electropolishing will delay the corrosion properties of copper, brass, aluminum and carbon steels and is commonly utilized in conjunction with plating techniques. Want to know more about how electropolishing can improve metal parts and be utilized in addition to metal plating treatments? Examine our guide on both metal treatments.

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Electropolishing vs. Blasting | Able Electropolishing

Blasting vs. Electropolishing

With so many metal finishing treatments available, many companies are wondering which would be most advantageous for their parts. Blasting and electropolishing are two common finishing procedures used to enhance metal parts. Wondering which treatment will work best for your metal parts? See the attached explanations of both blasting and electropolishing, as well as the benefits of each.

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Electropolishing vs. Vibratory Polishing for Metal Finishing | Able

Nov 5, 2014 3:33:06 AM
Vibratory Polishing vs. Electropolishing

As companies examine ways to enhance their metal parts, they will be able to choose from a variety of metal finishing treatments, including vibratory polishing and electropolishing. Each process utilizes different methods to polish parts. They also provide varying results. Wondering whether you should submit metal parts for vibratory polishing or electropolishing? Find out which finishing method proves to be most beneficial and effective.

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Electrochemical Deburring for Stainless Steel | Able Electropolishing

What is Deburring?

As metal parts are fabricated, they undergo a variety of metalworking processes that can introduce burrs. Untreated metal parts may have jagged edges that can pose a risk to parts’ quality and safety. Deburring with use of electropolishing provides the needed solution. This metal finishing treatment enhances parts’ performance, improves part appearance, all while maintaining the parts’ shape without warping or distortion. Want to learn more about deburring? Examine the following benefits of this metal finishing operation.

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Laser Marking Process: Long Lasting Unique Device Identifiers | Able

Sep 30, 2014 3:55:26 AM
How Does Laser Marking Work?

Laser marking is a process in which a laser beam is used to mark machined metal parts. Wondering if laser marking is right for your metal parts? Learn about the process, as well as its benefits.

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How Does Passivation Work? | Able Electropolishing

How Does Passivation Work?

Passivation is a metal finishing treatment that companies utilize to protect and enhance parts against corrosion.. To begin passivation, metal parts are placed into a basket and then submerged into a bath of nitric or citric acid. The concentration of the acid removes free iron and other foreign material deposited during part machining. Passivation is simply utilized to remove surface impurities and provide some corrosion resistance. While passivated parts do have a light level of cleansing, they often require additional processes, such as electropolishing, for more intense removal of surface contaminants.

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Product Identification Made Easy with Laser Marking for Metal Alloys

Sep 17, 2014 3:52:19 AM
Why Use Laser Marking and Engraving on Your Metal Parts?

Laser marking can be used to engrave designs, labels, textures and, most commonly, identification markings into metal parts. This process is utilized by a variety of industries for simple product identification, improved product traceability and safety, organizational purposes, and much more. Learn more about the laser marking process and how can be advantageous for your metal parts.

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How Does Electrochemical Polishing Work? | Able Electropolishing

How Does Electrochemical Polishing Work?

Electrochemical polishing, which is commonly referred to as simply “electropolishing,” is the process of removing a uniform layer of surface material from metal parts to enhance them for corrosion resistance, as well as improved performance and part lifecycle. Many companies utilize electrochemical polishing as the “final step” in the manufacturing process. Wondering how this metal finishing treatment works? Learn more from our guide on electrochemical polishing.

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Electropolishing 'Reverse Plating' Process Overview | Able

Jul 15, 2014 6:21:02 AM
How Does Electropolishing Work?

Metal parts need to be in exceptional condition for enhanced performance and cycle-life value. Without a proper finishing treatment, your parts could be at risk. The solution? Electropolishing. Companies in industries like aerospace, automotive, dental, medical, pharmaceutical and more utilize electropolishing as the “final step” of the manufacturing process to enhance the performance of their metal parts. At Able Electropolishing, we understand electropolishing may seem confusing, which is why we’ve broken down the process step by step.

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Passivation vs. Electropolishing Comparison Guide | Able

Electropolishing or Passivation: An Infographic Guide

If you aren't familiar with electropolishing, the differences between this process and the passivation process may not be immediately clear. While both are metal finishing operations that treat parts in a chemical solution and improve corrosion resistance, they are drastically different in many other ways. From the metals these processes can treat to the benefits they provide, electropolishing and passivation are considerably different.

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Distinguishing Metal Parts with Laser Marking | Able Electropolishing

Nov 5, 2013 8:16:00 AM
How to Distinguish Metal Parts

Whether for internal or external use, a system of identification is highly useful for distinguishing like parts. Establishing and adhering to such a system enables you to quickly and easily organize metal parts, but you must ensure that your method is useful under different conditions. Printed sticker labels or tags, for example, can wear off over time especially when exposed to moisture. A process like laser marking, on the other hand, is a permanent solution.

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How Much Microfinishing Is Enough? | Able Electropolishing

How Much Microfinishing is Enough?

The electropolishing process is renowned for its ability to improve a metal part's microfinish, reducing the surface irregularities and imperfections to create a smoother, better-performing part. Because electropolishing is more precise than other metal polishing methods, it can be used to remove a small amount of surface material, reducing the microfinish value as much as necessary without altering the size and shape of the part more than its tolerances allow.

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Electropolishing Benefits: Ultraclean, Smooth & Shiny | Able

Oct 22, 2013 3:09:09 AM
Electropolishing: Both Functional & Decorative

While its benefits include improving corrosion resistance and eliminating surface contamination, one of the most immediately recognizable benefits of electropolishing is decorative. This is because the electropolishing process actually strips away a consistent layer of surface metal from a part, eliminating a wide variety of surface impurities like embedded scale, heat discoloration, debris, oils and more.

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Electropolishing for Medical Devices & Surgical Implants | Able

Why Is Electropolishing Used for Medical Devices?

Medical devices, tools and implantable items are used for highly sensitive procedures, and therefore must be expertly finished before they are utilized. Burrs on a cutting implement can break off inside a patient, an implantable device can corrode inside the body and a critical mechanical device can seize up and jam when it's needed the most. To avoid the bodily harm that can result from improperly finished parts, medical device electropolishing is becoming increasingly popular. What does this process do, though, that makes it suitable for such important tools and devices?

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Food & Beverage Electropolishing: Improve Corrosion Resistance | Able

Oct 8, 2013 8:00:00 AM
Is Electropolishing Safe for Food & Beverage Industries?

Metal parts used by the food and beverage industries are subjected to heavy use, harsh environments and potentially corrosive cleaning chemicals on a regular basis. Because of this, these industries rely heavily on metal finishing operations that can improve the life of their parts while ensuring their safety and aesthetics. Does electropolishing provide the benefits that they need?

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Titanium Anodizing: Improve Aesthetic & Function of Parts | Able

What are the Benefits of Titanium Anodizing?

In addition to electropolishing, titanium can benefit from a range of other finishing treatments, including color anodizing. Titanium anodizing is a process that builds up a layer of oxide on the surface of the metal part, which causes an interference in reflecting lights that creates a colorful appearance. Unlike dyes or coatings, anodizing doesn’t add any foreign materials to your parts—and its benefits go beyond the cosmetic.

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Electropolishing: Smoother Metal Parts Perform Better, Last Longer

Sep 24, 2013 5:30:56 AM
What is the Notch Effect, and How Does Electropolishing Eliminate It?

Even a metal part that looks flawless to the naked eye can have micro imperfections that drastically shorten its fatigue life. Parts that bend and flex, like springs, are particularly vulnerable to the notch effect, which can cause part failure before they last as long as estimated. What is the notch effect, exactly, and how can electropolishing stainless steel and other metal parts prevent it from causing premature part failure?

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Electropolishing Creates an Ultraclean Surface that Lasts Indefinitely

Does Electropolishing Wear Off?

When comparing electropolishing to other metal finishing operations, like plating and coatings, one frequently asked question is whether it wears off over time. The finish resulting from electropolishing will last indefinitely and will not chip, peel or abrade like platings and coatings. If over time, as a result of physical damage, the electropolished surface requires refurbishing or re-machining, there is nothing to strip or remove prior to accomplishing this.

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Electropolishing for Stainless Steel Parts of All Sizes | Able

Sep 10, 2013 5:30:35 AM
How Large Does a Part Have to be for Electropolishing?

Not all metal parts are well-suited for conventional tumbling, vibratory finishing techniques or manual metal polishing. They may be too small, too complex or too delicate for those methods to be effectively utilized. The question that some may have, though, is when are parts too small for electropolishing and is there a method in which parts are processed in a bulk fashion?

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Does Chemical Passivation Increase Corrosion Resistance? | Able

Does Chemical Passivation Increase Corrosion Resistance?

Chemical passivation is frequently used to increase the corrosion resistance of stainless steel by eliminating free iron and other surface contaminants. Despite the process's history and widespread use as a method for improving part longevity in corrosive environments, its ineffectiveness is causing engineers to look for other methods to protect their parts from corrosion.

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Electropolishing vs. Tumbling for Deburring Metal Parts | Able

Jul 10, 2013 8:38:07 AM
Comparing Methods for Deburring Metal

When metal parts are stamped or machined, they may be left with ragged edges and burrs that impede their performance. Burrs on a sharp metal cutting implement, for example, may hinder its ability to cut smoothly. Burrs may also break off during use, posing hazards when metal tools are used in medical or food applications—broken-off flecks of metal could make their way into food or a medical patient.

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Able Electropolishing Receives Medical ISO 13485 Certification

Able Electropolishing Receives ISO 13485 Medical Device Certification

Able recently received the coveted ISO 13485 certification. Awarded only to select companies, the certification is considered to be the gold standard for manufactured medical devices, worldwide.

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