Micralox Blog

Lean Manufacturing in Anodizing

Posted by Thiru Munisamy, Ph.D. on April 25, 2017

Building a Lean Anodizing House

Ask all anodizing and metal finishing shops around the country what their daily mantra is, and they would say: “Quality, on-time delivery, and low manufacturing cost.” Lean manufacturing has the potential to help achieve these goals with high first-pass yield, lower turn times, and low production cost. 

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Topics: Aluminum Anodizing, Lean Manufacturing in Anodizing

What to Consider when Choosing Your Color for Anodizing Aluminum

Posted by Matt Campbell on January 20, 2017

The Factors that Affect Color Match 

End use customers tend to have a notion in their minds that any color can be matched when anodizing aluminum. It may be possible but there are many factors that come into play that prevent certain colors from being achieved.

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Topics: Anodized Aluminum, Anodizing Aluminum, Color Anodizing

Reporting Cosmetic Defects on Anodized Aluminum

Posted by Jack Tetrault on January 13, 2017

Defective Material Report Process to Set Expectations

I often hear customers say that when they received their anodized aluminum parts back from their anodize vendor, they are surprised by scratches and dents, which they are THEN told were there on arrival. To maintain clarity throughout the production and deliver process, DCHN created a proactive process for the assessment and notification of such issues.

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Topics: Anodized Aluminum, Anodizing Aluminum, Anodizer

Webcast on Regulatory Issues Impacting the Aluminum Anodizing Industry

Posted by Jack Tetrault on September 19, 2016

“Challenges & Solutions for Reusable Medical Devices Requiring Reprocessing”

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Topics: Anodized Aluminum, Aluminum Anodizing, FDA Regulations for Aluminum Anodizing

How to Judge Hard Coat Color on Anodized Aluminum

Posted by Jack Tetrault on August 31, 2016

Is a Lighter Color Aluminum Hard Coat Thinner than a Darker One?

I have been asked this question often: “Is it always the case that a lighter color hard coat is less thick than a darker one?” While the answer is not simple, I usually respond by saying, “Maybe, but not necessarily.” To explain, let’s start with some basic information.

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Topics: Aluminum Anodizing, Anodizing Aluminum, hardcoat, Anodic Hardcoat

How to Speed Up the Ordering Process for Aluminum Anodizing Projects

Posted by Jack Tetrault on July 15, 2016

Keep Your P.O. in the Passing Lane to Keep the Order Moving

Have you ever been at a red light waiting for the light to change … and when it finally does … you can’t move because the car in front does not move fast enough—holding up the entire line? We face a similar predicament in our own way when your purchase order arrives … we’re ready to go … and the P.O. does not have all the information on it we need to begin the project. 

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Topics: Anodized Aluminum, Aluminum Anodizing

Beautiful Results Are Possible when Anodizing Cast Aluminum

Posted by Jack Tetrault on July 1, 2016

Up-Front Factors that Achieve a Fantastic Final Cast Aluminum Finish 

Getting excellent results with hard coat and anodizing cast aluminum articles? “No way!” is a common, but mistaken response. After more than 40 years in the field, DCHN has successfully worked with many companies to achieve beautiful cast finishes—top-quality finishes that are achieved when anodizing cast aluminum because the final finish is the result of many important up-front decisions that eliminate many sources of poor quality.

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Topics: Anodizing cast aluminum, cast aluminum

How to Store Aluminum Parts Prior to Anodizing Aluminum

Posted by Jack Tetrault on July 1, 2016

Top 5 Ways to Store Aluminum Parts to Prevent Corrosion 

We realize that every facility has its own unique physical attributes and each organization operates with its own processes. Either of these variables can wreak havoc on or facilitate the proper care and storage of aluminum parts. Given that there are many possibilities that can impact the proper storage of aluminum parts (prior to and after anodizing aluminum), let’s talk about the top 5 best-care practices you can implement to prevent corrosion.

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Topics: Anodized Aluminum, Aluminum Anodizing, Proper Storage of Aluminum Parts

7 Sources of Contamination that Affect the Quality of Anodized Aluminum Finish

Posted by Jack Tetrault on June 9, 2016

The Impact of Foreign Materials on Aluminum Parts before Anodizing

Although simple in principle, there is a lot of confusion over how aluminum parts need to arrive at the metal finisher so that they can be anodized. Any time a component part comes from a completed assembly that has been taken apart, there is a high risk that some other material will come along and interfere with the coating process.

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Topics: Anodized Aluminum, Anodized Aluminum Finish Contamination

STERRAD® 100NX TESTING on MICRALOX™

Posted by Mike Sung on June 2, 2016

The Validated Capabilities of MICRALOX™ Anodic Coating

Third-party test results have validated multiple sterilization capabilities of the revolutionary anodic coating, MICRALOX™. High-performance MICRALOX™ has been tested for use with the STERRAD® 100NX low-temperature hydrogen peroxide gas plasma sterilization. The data revealed that MICRALOX™ has significant performance and aesthetic advantages.

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Topics: MICRALOX, STERRAD Testing on MICRALOX