In textile manufacturing, bonding rolls offer a fast way to crimp, emboss or seal materials. However, like most any metal part used in converting equipment, these cylinders are prone to problems — like sticking at high temperatures — that can hinder the operation. To avoid these and other issues, it’s important to work with a surface treatment specialist whose expertise extends beyond commodity-type coatings.

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At General Magnaplate, we understand you trust us to protect your critical parts with coatings engineered to your specifications. With a proven history of meeting the aerospace industry’s standards dating back to our founding, quality is the top priority for all our processes and throughout our entire operation.

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Heat staking is a particularly efficient method for joining plastics with metals, or other dissimilar plastics, in high volumes. Advantages include time and cost savings over fastening, with no extra materials or hardware and easy maintenance. As the name suggests, heat staking is a high-temperature process, and downtime due to molten plastics sticking to machine components can eliminate the potential cost savings and efficiency.

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When handling raw powders is your stock in trade, you will no doubt be concerned about the effects of abrasion on your equipment. Not only can abrasion damage the vessels, it can in turn contaminate the powders they hold and cause problems down the line. For example, batteries used in the automotive and aviation industries rely on pure lithium. Even the slightest impurity can affect their performance and reliability.

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Selecting a surface treatment to protect metal parts in tough oil and gas environments isn’t always a straightforward process. Because the oil and gas industry is fraught with many conditions that threaten parts, simply matching a coating to a vulnerability can still leave parts susceptible to damage. Let’s use corrosion-resistant coatings as an example.

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As you consider ways to improve the durability or aesthetics of an aluminum or other nonferrous metal part, anodizing is often a top choice. While anodizing may be the first thought that comes to mind for aluminum surfaces, don’t overlook another option that provides even greater protective benefits than those of anodizing. This blog post will describe how one coating is formulated to deliver greater hardness, corrosion resistance and lower friction compared to conventional hard anodizing processes.

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If you use molds or sticky substances to manufacture food or other goods, there’s a good chance you’ll have to stop production to clean buildup and residue from metal parts and components. Tacky food ingredients, adhesives and hot glues typically cause buildup and product hang-up issues for molds, trays, hoppers, extruders and other equipment. No matter the size of the operation, any downtime needed for cleanup can affect your bottom line.

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For many industrial engineers and plant managers, ensuring lasting machine performance often hinges on corrosion and wear prevention. Engineered coatings protect metal components from the effects of moisture and wear to solve performance and longevity problems for a wide range of industries and applications. These specialized coatings infuse polymer particles into substrates to create mechanical bonds that permanently enhance the surfaces of metal parts. This process imparts hardness, dry lubrication and chemical and corrosion resistance characteristics so the parts are more reliable, last longer and are more cost efficient.

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Pumps, valves and compressors endure a host of threats that can impact their reliability and your operation’s productivity. Our new video describes how General Magnaplate’s engineered coatings protect a variety of metal surfaces from corrosion, abrasion, wear, material buildup and other conditions to ensure optimal media flow and maximum uptime across a broad range of applications.

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In production environments where high throughput and uptime are important, there’s a good chance that sticky substances can slow things down. Tacky food ingredients, adhesives and hot glues in applications like packaging, plastic molds or rubber tooling can lead to sticking issues if proper precautions are not taken. Every plant has a wide range of equipment, made of a variety of different metals, each with its own unique operating conditions. This makes finding the right coating to solve sticking issues for every situation a challenge.

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