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Jack Tetrault

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Anodizing Issues for Cast Aluminum

Understanding the Chemistry and Options for Anodic Coating on Medical Devices

Before choosing a casting and anodic finish, it is important to understand some of the basic chemistry behind why[...]

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Reporting Cosmetic Defects on Anodized Aluminum

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[...]

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Webcast on Regulatory Issues Impacting the Aluminum Anodizing Industry

“Challenges & Solutions for Reusable Medical Devices Requiring Reprocessing”

There’s been an important development in the 2016 FDA science priorities that involves taking a stronger look at the[...]

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How to Judge Hard Coat Color on Anodized Aluminum

Is a Lighter Color Aluminum Hard Coat Thinner than a Darker One?

I have been asked this question often: “Is it always the case that a lighter color hard coat is less thick than a darker one?”[...]

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Beautiful Results Are Possible when Anodizing Cast Aluminum

Up-Front Factors that Achieve a Fantastic Final Cast Aluminum Finish 

Getting excellent results with hard coat and anodizing cast aluminum articles? “No way!” is a common, but mistaken response.[...]

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How to Store Aluminum Parts Prior to Anodizing Aluminum

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[...]

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

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[...]

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

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[...]

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2016 Science Priorities and the Effects on Reusable Aluminum Medical Devices

Challenges and Solutions for Aluminum Anodizes for Reprocessing Medical Devices

The FDA released the 2016 science priorities from the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). The report[...]

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Resource Considerations when Anodizing Aluminum

Aluminum Anodizing and Water Conservation Do Not Have to Be Incompatible

In my day, in metal finishing class 101, the first thing you were taught about aluminum anodizing was this: when you think[...]

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