Manufacturing & Prototyping

Meeting Industry Standards for Sanitation in The Food Industry

Food service equipment manufacturing and electropolishing go hand in hand. Parts said to be made of “Food Grade Stainless” typically have undergone finishing operations such as passivation or electropolishing to enhance the cleanliness and corrosion resistance. With electropolishing, you also receive the added benefits of microfinish improvement and deburring.

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3D Printing in Space: The Next Frontier

NASA has a long-term strategy for In-Space Manufacturing that includes fabricating components and equipment on demand for human missions to the Moon, Mars, and beyond. To support this strategy, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) and Made In Space, Inc. have developed the 3D Printing In Zero-G Technology Demonstration for the International Space Station (ISS). The experiment will be the first machine ever to perform 3D printing in space.

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The Final Step In Prototyping: Enhancing Your Metal Parts For Accelerated Speed To Market

Electropolishing is often referred to as a “reverse plating” process. Electrochemical in nature, electropolishing uses a combination of rectified current and a blended chemical electrolyte bath to remove flaws from the surface of a metal part.

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How Paper-based 3D Printing Works: The Technology and Advantages

3D printers have been with us for decades, routinely turning 3D computer designs into detailed physical objects for product design, education, architecture, healthcare, mapping, historic preservation and other applications. These devices create models in a range of materials, including plastic, plaster, photopolymers, metal and sometimes even food. Each of these materials brings inherent advantages and disadvantages, depending upon your application. There’s one more to consider: paper.

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Recruit Or Retain Report

In our recent Perfect Fit Survey, Aerotek found that the majority of hiring managers are happy with their last hire and many remain optimistic about finding the right candidate. However, results published in the January 2013 issue of The Quarterly Journal of Economics showed the average time to fill a position rose to 23 days in December 2012 compared to a low of 15.4 days in July 2009. The rhetoric of a historic skills gap has painted a negative picture of job seekers, but is there more to the story?

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The Significance of Critical Cleaning for Solar Module Fabrication

With increased governmental commitments to support renewable energy initiatives, winners and losers in solar module fabrication will be determined more quickly and by a variety of factors. One factor will be the elimination of defects to increase yields in the manufacturing process. Critical cleaning of substrates and superstrates is an essential component in achieving an optimal solar module fabrication process which reduces the cost per watt. Depending on the material being cleaned and the cleaning process employed, various Alconox products, including ALCONOX, DETOJET, LIQUINOX, CITRANOX and CITRAJET, have already been selected by major manufacturers as the critical cleaners of choice to reduce or eliminate manufacturing defects in solar module fabrication and are being employed in additional emerging processes.

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Key Procedures and Aqueous Cleaning Agents for Metal and Electronic Component Cleaning

Effective use of aqueous cleaners for electronics and metals hinges on the orchestration of basic variables of cleaning agents and procedures. The terms precision or critical cleaning apply whenever residue can cause a failure in the performance or function of the surface being cleaned. In general industry this includes electronic component cleaning, and surface preparation of metals prior to coating or bonding. Current practice for critical cleaning includes the use of volatile solvents, corrosive chemicals, and aqueous detergents. In today’ hazard-sensitive workplace, however, many companies are re-examining their use of volatile-solvent and corrosive-chemical cleaners. By using the right aqueous cleaning technologies now, it’ possible to minimize hazards without sacrificing critical cleaning performance. Many aqueous cleaners now offer cleaning performance comparable to - or better than solvent cleaning systems.

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