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What You Need to Know to Achieve Your Desired Microfinish

Dec 17, 2015 9:00:00 AM

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?

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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