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Anodizing Issues for Cast Aluminum

Posted by Jack Tetrault on September 8, 2017

Understanding the Chemistry and Options for Anodic Coating on Medical Devices

Before choosing a casting and anodic finish, it is important to understand some of the basic chemistry behind why some anodic coating options work better than others on medical devices. Knowing the reasons behind why challenges occur allows you to choose your aluminum material and finish more wisely.

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Topics: Aluminum Anodizing, Aluminum Casting

4 Accelerated Life Tests for Anodized Aluminum Medical Devices

Posted by Losone Kaba on July 28, 2017

An Overview of Performance Testing Procedures for MICRALOX® Coated Medical Devices

Current sulfuric anodizing specifications for aluminum are based on a range of factors relevant for industrial usage, such as coating thickness and weight, salt water spray corrosion, and abrasion resistance. While meaningful for certain applications, they are a poor fit for the life cycle of anodized medical devices where the aluminum articles require regular cleaning and sterilization; these processes expose aluminum articles to strong chemistries.

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Topics: MICRALOX, Aluminum Anodizing, Testing for Anodized Aluminum Medical Devices

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: Aluminum Anodizing, 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, Aluminum Anodizing, 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”

There’s been an important development in the 2016 FDA science priorities that involves taking a stronger look at the reprocessing cycle and the impact on reusable medical devices. The regulations aim to enhance technologies associated with reprocessing as well as the related design of the medical devices. And as reprocessing gets more focus and attention, this development will naturally lead to a closer examination of the device design characteristics and relation to life-cycle and fit-for-use properties. 

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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 JackMicralox 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

Sanford Process Awarded Third Patent for MICRALOX Microcrystalline Anodic Coating Technology

Posted by sanfordadmin on July 6, 2016

Woonsocket, RI -- (ReleaseWire) -- 07/05/2016 --Sanford Process Corporation (SPC), a subsidiary of Katahdin Industries, Inc., is pleased to announce that MICRALOX® microcrystalline anodic coating has been granted the third patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in its portfolio (Patent No. 9,260,792 B2) issued on Feb 16, 2016. The title of the patent is "Microcrystalline Anodic Coatings and Related Methods Therefor" with Mike Sung, Jack Tetrault, and Tim Cabot as inventors. The assignee is Sanford Process Corporation. The patent covers a range of claims relating to the methods to produce crystallinity in the anodic coating.

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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

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