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  • Optimizing Hard Chrome Plating: Knowledge is Power!

    Posted 09/23/2015 by Dirk Wiethölter, Industry Manager Heavy Equipment, Hydraulics, Shock Absorber- Europe

    I recently had the pleasure and privilege to conduct an Enthone Plating Academy on hard chrome technologies for one of the world's leading Tier 1 suppliers to the automotive industry.

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  • Decorative Chrome Plating - Recalls, Future Trends and Regulations

    Posted 09/09/2015 by Linda Wing

    Enthone shares responses from leading automotive OEMs as they discuss the impact of recalls and regulations on the auto business and what types of trends the next five years in the decorative chrome plating industry might bring.

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  • Decorative Chrome Plating - OEM Supplier Requirements and PPAP

    Posted 09/09/2015 by Linda Wing

    Enthone works very closely with the world’s top automotive OEMs, enabling us to obtain Voice of Customer (VOC) responses related to the surface finishing industry. This entry shares insight from three leading auto makers as they discuss difficult-to-meet requirements and share the most frequently asked questions from suppliers.

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    High Efficiency Plating Delivers the Highest Corrosion Protection

    Posted 04/28/2015 by Dr Björn Dingwerth, Global Product Line Manager, Enthone Corrosion Resistant Coatings

    Over recent years, new car warranties have evolved to include well beyond five years anti-corrosion guarantees. Such extended warranty times call for improved corrosion protection on numerous automotive components.

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  • REACH: U.S. Automotive Manufacturers Study EU Response

    Posted 03/19/2015 by Mariola Brandes, Isaac Chung, & Linda Wing

    Most European OEMs and their suppliers began investigating substitutions to decorative hexavalent chrome prior to 2010, when chromium trioxide was added to the candidate list of Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC).

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  • Hatched in Europe, REACH Regulations Impact U.S. Auto Manufacturers

    Posted 03/18/2015 by Mariola Brandes, Isaac Chung, & Linda Wing

    The aim of REACH is well known, but its effect on automotive manufacturers with headquarters outside of Europe is less known. As U.S. companies scrutinize and study the response of the European-based OEMs, they are confronted with two questions:

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    Put the Brakes on Blistering

    Posted 01/26/2015 by Richard Lynch

    I recently received a call from a leading brake suspension and steering manufacturer. The company was experiencing blistering and porous deposits on cast iron parts after zinc plating, and requested guidance for potential root cause analysis.

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    Decorative Chrome Plating: OEM Key Issues - Part 2

    Posted 10/27/2014 by Linda Wing

    Part 2 of our decorative chrome plating discussion provides Voice of Customer (VOC) responses as posed by Enthone and our applicator customers to the same group of leading automotive OEMs as Part 1.

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    Decorative Chrome Plating: OEM Key Issues-Part 1

    Posted 07/01/2014 by Linda Wing

    Due to our close relationship with the world’s top automotive OEMs, Enthone was able to elicit Voice of Customer (VoC) on key issues, technological requirements, and emerging trends in decorative chrome plating.

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  • A new generation of acid copper eliminates overleveling, while enabling a uniform, bright appearance on grill frames and other complex geometries

    The Dilemma of Acid Copper Plating

    Posted 06/11/2014 by Maja Brandes

    The acid copper process is one of the most critical process areas in the multi-layering system of plating on plastics. The dilemma of conflicting requirements placed on an acid copper process leads to tight operating conditions in which there is a fine line between sufficient leveling power and overleveling.

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  • Richard Macary on REACH: U.S. Automotive Manufacturers Study EU Response at 6/1/2015 2:08 PM This post is very informative. There are many concerns about chromium trioxide in the workplace. The dust, the mist, and the solution all presen...
  • Rich Lynch on Crack free Hard Chrome on Brake Pistons at 9/23/2014 2:16 PM You are correct Dr. Rajagopalan, that there are many finishing options, each with their own particular advantages. Your suggestion may indeed be ...
  • Dr. S. R. Rajagopalan on Crack free Hard Chrome on Brake Pistons at 9/19/2014 1:15 PM As an alternative one could consider the use of electroplated Ni-P alloys. 10%and 2-3% P alloys are useful. The latter gives a higher hardness( 80...