Parts found in oil and gas equipment must perform reliably despite exposure to corrosive chemicals, abrasive fracking fluids, sour gases in drilling, high pressures, liquids, variable pH levels and high temperatures. In addition, contact with other metal tools can cause galling which can result in premature wear, leaking and, ultimately, failure.

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Aluminum is among the most widely used metals for fabricating parts — and for good reason. This low-cost material offers a high strength-to-weight ratio, and its versatility makes it suitable for a wide range of applications. When it comes to protecting aluminum from threats like corrosion and wear, engineered coatings offer many benefits. This blog post will describe some key factors that can help you determine which General Magnaplate engineered coating is right for your aluminum part.

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Modern medical, pharmaceutical and laboratory machines and processes can produce a long list of conditions that can lead to downtime and increase operating costs. For example, wear and lack of preventative maintenance can require parts to be replaced prematurely, while cleaning agents and chemicals can cause corrosion on surfaces. In addition, production can slow down due to sticking.

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Plant engineers and maintenance supervisors are often faced with the decision of whether or not to replace old, worn parts. To keep machines and production lines running around the clock, it can be easy to simply change out the part and move on. However, refurbishing an existing part can add durability and service life. And, with the help of specialized surface treatments, part restoration can be a better investment than part replacement.

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After consolidating our operations to our expanded Arlington, Texas facility, General Magnaplate’s focus on quality and continuous improvement is as strong as ever. One perfect example of our culture of continuous improvement is our commitment to meeting the aerospace industry’s stringent quality standards. By meeting these standards, customers in every industry we serve can be certain they’re receiving the highest quality coatings for their parts. 

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Valves used in industrial facilities, as well as oil and gas installations, must endure severe conditions that can damage surfaces, lead to downtime or even shorten a part’s lifetime. Gate valves, impellers, housings, sleeves, ball valves and diffusers must withstand harsh environments that pose problems such as:

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Learn How Infused Polymers Give Our Engineered Coatings an Edge

To protect metal surfaces from damage, you have several methods to choose from. Many vendors provide surface enhancement offerings that range from plating to powders to paint-on processes, all of which can offer a fair amount of protection. But one advantage these techniques don’t have is a mechanical bond with the surfaces they’re protecting.

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At General Magnaplate, superior customer service is always a top priority. As part of that commitment, we recently identified and analyzed areas where we could improve. Here are the operations we identified, as well as the improvements we're implementing to bolster your customer satisfaction:

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