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What is Anodizing and Why is It Used?

In the surface finishing industry, the term “anodizing” is very common and is frequently mentioned – but what is anodizing exactly?

Anodizing is a process that converts the surface of a non-ferrous metal into a corrosion-resistant, decorative, non-conductive oxide. It is a very common finishing technique for aluminum, although other metals such as titanium and magnesium can also be anodized. This process is common amongst several applications from aerospace to food services. Its ability to protect aircraft from corrosion and stray currents is vital to the success of the aerospace industry. Its high heat and corrosion resistance make for an ideal coating for food service. It is also commonly used in building materials, optics, defense, and medical industries.

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Advantages of Platinum Plating Solutions

Platinum plating solutions provide countless benefits to the end-user, making it an extremely popular surface finishing option and an overall great investment for your applications, regardless of the industry you’re in.

Platinum plating is the deposit of a thin layer of platinum metal on a substrate, typically in the 0.5 to 5-micron range (0.00002”-0.0002”) and is commonly used in water purification, oil refining, automotive, energy production, and medical industries.

Pure platinum is a white metal, similar in appearance to silver. Although its occurrence is rare in nature, it can now be found in up to 20% of consumer goods produced around the world.

Platinum is one of the most ductile of pure metals and is also very malleable, though less so than gold. It does not tarnish in air or dissolve in most acids, and it has a very high melting point of 3,215 °F which makes it ideal for industrial applications. Continue Reading

firearm handler | types of gun finishes

A Guide to the Types of Gun Finishes

Good finishing is imperative to keep firearms functioning properly and in pristine condition, protected from the elements, corrosion, and wear-and-tear from regular use.

Given the firearm industry’s stringent requirements, consistent high-quality firearm finishing is crucial to a successful project. With over 35 years of experience, Silvex provides advanced plating technologies to many of the industries prominent firearms manufacturers. All of our firearms finishes comply with military specifications. Continue Reading

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Silvex, Inc. Launches New Website

Silvex, Inc. invites customers to visit their new website, which has been designed with an attractive interface and more intuitive user experience. Featuring streamlined navigation and simplified functionality throughout, the recently launched website allows users to easily access product information as well as helpful resources. Continue Reading

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Silvex Featured in Manufacturing Today

October 2014 – Silvex Inc. is proud to recognize their feature on plating processes in Manufacturing Today’s magazine. Manufacturing Today magazine is a popular publication that provides North American companies in the manufacturing industry with information on the latest trends, best practices, and case studies for industry leaders. Continue Reading