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  • Anoplate Still Has A Knack for Black

    With some of its early roots in the optics world of nearby Rochester, Anoplate has been blackening parts for better than 60 years. Cutting its teeth on such optic giants as Kodak, Bausch & Lomb, and Haloid what became Xerox), Anoplate was continually challenged to produce consistent, black finishes ranging from matte black anodize on carousel slide projector lenses to black zinc on die cast yokes used to affix carrying straps to cameras. Today Anoplate is applying its AnoBlack Cr on aero…

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  • Where is Anodizing Used?

    ​Anodizing is a method for changing the surface chemistry of metals and other substrates. However, it generally refers to anodizing aluminum. It protects against corrosion, enhances aesthetic qualities, resists scratching, and is one of the most durable surface finishes available. The transportation industry uses about 30% of all the aluminum manufactured in the United States, making it the number one market for aluminum. Automakers use aluminum for applications that include wheels, frames, cy…

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  • Why Does Anodize Fade?

    Anodized aluminum is for the most part a robust, quality finish that is readily obtained through any number of chemical processing houses, however, a persistent issue that arises is fading of colored anodize. The fact is that there are a number of causes for this, not always related to the processing houses cutting corners, so we thought we‘d review some of them.…

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  • Black Oxide

    Can Rust Be Good? If It’s Black Oxide It Can Be!

    If you’re talking about the red-orange growth that seemingly spontaneously appears on your lawn furniture, bike chain, or propane tank the answer is an emphatic NO! That red-orange compound is chemically speaking hydrated ferric oxide, Fe2O3, formed by exposure of iron to oxygen in the presence of water. However, iron when exposed to a highly alkaline salt bath at about 285 degrees F forms the other oxide of iron, namely ferrous oxide, Fe3O4, which is an aesthetically appealing black oxide or …

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  • What is Cadmium Plating?

    What is Cadmium Plating? Benefits of Cadmium Plating | Anoplate, Inc

    Cadmium plating is a metallic silver, soft coating that can be deposited on various base materials such as steel, copper, iron, brass and aluminum. It is prized for its corrosion resistance, lubricity, chemical resistance, ductility, and ease of solderability.…

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