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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Pumps are subjected to a host of threats that can impact their reliability and your operation’s productivity. Surface-enhancement coatings are a wise choice to protect pump surfaces, but choosing the right coating is anything but straightforward. You must consider many factors, including the base metal of your pump, its operating environment and the materials it will encounter. That’s why it pays to work with a coatings provider that engineers its coatings to address your application’s specific requirements and resolve any issues you are experiencing with your pumps.

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When you need to protect aluminum parts from corrosion and wear, or create a more decorative finish, anodizing is an attractive option. Anodizing can add durability to part surfaces and help extend service life. This blog post will help answer some of the basic questions you may have about anodizing aluminum parts.

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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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