REDwire Restore metal parts to their original factory specs

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Surface engineering uses both chemical and mechanical metal polishing methods to generate a smooth surface on metal parts.

When friction occurs between moving metal parts, nicks, cracks, corrosion, stress and pits develop over time, resulting in the loss of a smooth metallic surface. However, there is a technique to help restore metal parts to their original factory specs. As a leader in vibratory finishing methods, Vibra Finish has expertise in this area.

Electroplating vs. surface engineering

There are two primary techniques used to restore metal parts. Electroplating involves plating the surface, and filling in the dips, cracks, nicks and holes with a thin coat of metal that is bonded to the authentic metal surface. This procedure is sufficient for a number of metal parts; however, it’s not as effective when the part has bumps or other surface protrusions. This is because the thin metal coating used coats the protrusion, which can make it bumpier than before it underwent the process. In addition, when the metal coating or the plating material is not as strong as the original metal, it does not effectively bond to the original metal surface, resulting in the new surface peeling or scratching off easily.

Surface engineering is another approach, and this one involves polishing or grinding the original surface until all nicks, bumps and pits have been eliminated, and the surface is once again shiny and smooth. This technique uses both chemical and mechanical metal polishing methods to generate a smooth surface on metal parts. Frequently, it can generate parts that exceed manufacturer’s specs.

Although both methods are commonly utilized to refurbish damaged or corroded metal parts, only surface engineering can enhance the efficiency of new (unused) metal parts.

The ideal choice

The medical, military and race car industries are just some examples of sectors that use surface engineering because a reliable, effective and accurate overall performance are critical. The benefits of this approach include longer part life, resulting in lower equipment expenses, less downtime and increased productivity.

Vibra Finish has more than 40 years of experience in production finishing, and can meet the needs of today’s global marketplace with an uncompromising focus on quality and customer satisfaction. To learn more about its expertise in surface engineering, contact Vibra Finish.

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