Preventing Corrosion Can Save Billions of Dollars

Recent studies have shown that the direct costs of corrosion totals $276 billion/year. Where does the metal finishing industry fit in to address corrosion? In a basic sense, corrosion defines the wearing away of metals, mainly through oxidation. Through chemical reactions, corrosion produces by-products including visible rust.

Improving the quality of the finish often begins with preventing corrosion on the in-coming base metal. Here are some real examples of issues that can impact the quality of plating surfaces and what can be done to improve the process.

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Excerpt: Quality raw materials and proper equipment maintenance are 2 steps in the process that can be critical to quality finishing as how it relates to corrosion prevention.

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