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Surface Finishes

Synopsis A review of the different types of surface finishes in the industry today showing what’s available, what you really get and how they can affect or improve your processes. 1.5-2 hours

A wide range of surface finishes are available for stainless steels and higher alloys. These may range from mill rolled surfaces to highly reflective surfaces for high purity applications. The degree of surface finish given to materials can have a major impact on appearance, corrosion resistance, and cleaning.

Mechanically polished surfaces use an abrasive media which scratches or tears the surface under microscopic examination. This type of surface finish is used throughout sanitary and hygienic applications and can contribute to a wide array of problems. Additionally, highly reflective surfaces can be achieved though mechanical polishing means using a variety of compounds to help “shine” the surface.

This type of superficial finish can conceal blemishes and give a false impression of quality and purity while doing little to enhance corrosion resistance and can in fact, add contaminants to the product stream.

Hygienic criteria for food and pharmaceutical applications where growth of bacteria and fungi can be a serious hazard to public safety require a much greater level of surface integrity. UltraClean Electropolish, Inc has been in the forefront of specification and standard development for hygienic applications for many years. Our experts are highly recognized experts on the subject of surface finishes. Our Surface Finish Seminar offers 1.5 continuing education credits from Missouri State University and focuses on:

Mechanical Polishing – Pros and Cons
Surface Finishes – Is RA Critical?
Cold Worked metal – Potential Problems
Understanding Electropolishing
In Situ (On-Site) Electropolishing
Bacterial Control on Product Contact Surfaces
Buffing – Pros and Cons
Electrochemical Cleaning- What is it?

Contact us today to at 877-823-7911 to discuss your specific needs, pricing and scheduling.