decorative finishing

Decorative Finishing vs. Functional Finishing

June 10, 2021 | Comments Off on Decorative Finishing vs. Functional Finishing

Surface finishing is a key method for adding value to a component. Both functional and decorative finishing can add value to a product: how are they different?

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PVD methods

PVD Methods Explained

April 17, 2021 | 0

PVD (physical vapor deposition) is a highly technical coating process performed in an artificial vacuum, known for its aesthetic and performance benefits. There are several different methods for producing PVD coatings, including cathode arc evaporation, magnetron sputter, electron beam evaporation, ion beam sputter, and laser ablation. Here we’ll discuss those PVD methods. Cathode Arc Evaporation […]

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differences between electroplating and PVD

What are the Differences Between Electroplating and PVD?

December 4, 2017

Have you ever wondered what the differences are between electroplating and PVD? While both provide many of the same benefits, there are some big differences you should be aware of. Difference in process, environmental impact, and the benefits each offer are all key factors to consider when choosing the best option for your part. Electroplating […]

defect troubleshooting

Plating on Plastic: Defect Troubleshooting

November 3, 2017

Imperfections caused during the plating process can be difficult to identify and resolve. We’ve compiled a list of potential causes to help troubleshoot common plating issues.

specs

Working with Suppliers: Specs

October 6, 2017

When subcontracting a process for a component, it is crucial that everyone is on the same page when it comes to the exact specifications for the part, especially when your reputation and budget are at stake should things go wrong.

Michigan's Adventure

The 2017 Annual ECF Company Picnic at Michigan’s Adventure

September 5, 2017

This year’s company picnic was Saturday, August 5 at Michigan’s Adventure. ECF employees brought their friends and family and gathered for a day of fun in the sun. Everyone had their own take on what made the day special. For some employees, the rides and water park were the highlight of the day. For others, […]

training

What Are We Training For? Work.

June 1, 2017

“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.”—Albert Einstein Training offers employees the chance to fine-tune their skills and sometimes discover a hidden talent. Continual training ensures opportunity and success for both our employees and our company. There have been many employees taking on training in order to learn more about new […]

REACH

What is REACH?

May 12, 2017

REACH has been on everyone’s tongue in the surface finishing industry for the last decade. But what is REACH, specifically, and what does it mean for the industry? Let us explain.

imperfections

Plating on Plastic: Causes of Common Imperfections

April 14, 2017

There are a variety of conditions during the molding, handling, and plating of plastic components which could potentially lead to imperfections in the finished product. What causes them?

hexavalent

Hexavalent vs. Trivalent Chrome Plating

March 10, 2017

What’s the difference between traditional hexavalent chrome plating and trivalent chrome plating? Let us provide some clarity.

careers at ECF

Moving Up: How Employees Have Advanced Their Careers at ECF

March 1, 2017

ECF has grown and changed a lot since 1977, and so have ECF employees. Steve Hulst, Kim Vollema, and Beau Shupe have all worked at ECF for years, and during that time, they’ve developed their professional skills, held all sorts of positions and job titles, and advanced their careers. Steve Hulst began his career at […]

sourcing parts

3 Ways to Save Time and Money When Sourcing Parts

February 10, 2017

Sourcing components for your products can be a lengthy and costly ordeal. Read on for a few ways to minimize the hassle and expense of part sourcing.

trending kitchen

Trending Kitchen and Bath Finishes 2017

January 27, 2017

The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) offers insight into the popular and emerging finishes in kitchen and bath, as well as other industries—read our 2017 run-down here.

finishing supplier

How to Select the Right Surface Finishing Supplier

December 9, 2016

Finding the right supplier for each stage of your production process is a daunting but essential task. How do you do it?

Have a project in mind? Find out how we can help.

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