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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: Anodized Aluminum, 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: Anodizer, Anodized Aluminum, Anodizing Aluminum

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”

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Topics: Aluminum Anodizing, Anodized Aluminum, FDA Regulations for Aluminum Anodizing

How to Speed Up the Ordering Process for Aluminum Anodizing Projects

Posted by Jack Tetrault 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

How to Store Aluminum Parts Prior to Anodizing Aluminum

Posted by Jack Tetrault on July 1, 2016

Top 5 Ways to Store Aluminum Parts to Prevent Corrosion 

We realize that every facility has its own unique physical attributes and each organization operates with its own processes. Either of these variables can wreak havoc on or facilitate the proper care and storage of aluminum parts. Given that there are many possibilities that can impact the proper storage of aluminum parts (prior to and after anodizing aluminum), let’s talk about the top 5 best-care practices you can implement to prevent corrosion.

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Topics: Anodized Aluminum, Aluminum Anodizing, Proper Storage of Aluminum Parts

7 Sources of Contamination that Affect the Quality of Anodized Aluminum Finish

Posted by Jack Tetrault on June 9, 2016

The Impact of Foreign Materials on Aluminum Parts before Anodizing

Although simple in principle, there is a lot of confusion over how aluminum parts need to arrive at the metal finisher so that they can be anodized. Any time a component part comes from a completed assembly that has been taken apart, there is a high risk that some other material will come along and interfere with the coating process.

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Topics: Anodized Aluminum, Anodized Aluminum Finish Contamination

How Big a Role Do Alloy and Temper Play in Aluminum Anodizing?

Posted by Jack Tetrault on May 24, 2016

Why We Need to Know About the Alloy and Its Temper When Anodizing Aluminum

With over 30 commonly available aluminum alloys, and a multitude of tempers for each alloy, this question frequently arises: how important are the roles of alloy and temper in the aluminum anodizing process? The short answer is: VERY important. Let’s familiarize ourselves with some background information so we can answer the question in detail.

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Topics: Anodized Aluminum, Aluminum Anodizing

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