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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Like most other production environments, food and beverage operations face many threats that can hinder the reliability of vital equipment. Wear, contamination and corrosion are just some of the everyday conditions that plant operators must guard against. In addition, food and beverage manufacturers work with sticky substances and adhesives that can slow down or stop hoppers, cylinders and extruders, as well as machines that incorporate blades. Whether the food manufacturing operation is large or small, any interruption in production has a big effect on downtime.

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If you need to protect or restore a metal part, you may automatically turn to a conventional chemically deposited coating. However, thermal spray is increasingly being sought as a viable alternative to traditional coatings such as hard chrome. Thermal sprays protect a variety of metal substrates against damaging conditions and are well-suited for a long list of applications and industries. And, with the addition of polymers, they have exceptional non-stick and corrosion protection properties. For these and many other reasons, your surface protection decision shouldn’t be complete without also considering thermal sprays.

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Operating environments in the aerospace industry are particularly harsh on parts and equipment. Our new video presents some of the engineered coatings General Magnaplate offers, along with the technical features that make them well-suited for use in demanding aerospace applications where failure is not an option.

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