NADCAP Accredited Aerospace Metal Finisher Technical Metal Finishing (TMF) Predicts Breakthrough Anodizing Process Could Benefit Aviation Industry

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Leading aerospace metal finisher Technical Metal Finishing see potential for a new anodizing process which made a successful debut in the medical industry to rapidly expand into aviation. This new process known as MICRALOX ® is a revolutionary aluminum oxidation process which creates a micro-crystalline anodic surface coating that is long-lasting and virtually indestructible.

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MICRALOX ® creates a micro-crystalline anodic surface coating that is long-lasting and virtually indestructible.

A major expense in the aviation industry that’s paramount to the safety and longevity of its aircraft is preventing corrosion. That’s why the electrolytic passivation process known as anodizing which is used to increase the corrosion and water resistance of surface metal parts is such a coveted topic within the aviation sector. Quite simply put, the longer aircraft parts can keep from corroding, the longer they last. The longer the parts last, the longer planes can stay in the air without interruption while also lowering an aviation company’s aircraft maintenance costs (which can range from 10% to 45% of annual operating expenses).

With a contracting U.S. economy and increasing competition on a global scale, finding a way to cut expenses usually translates to downsizing or increasing productivity through higher efficiency. Since cost cutting could mean the difference between closing the doors and surviving, aviation companies are constantly seeking out the next big thing that will assist them in staving off ever-increasing maintenance costs. Fortunately, over the past year there have been significant technological advancements in the anodizing process Micralox which could help aviation companies to reduce maintenance costs and increase profitability. This breakthrough could have as much impact on the aviation industry as the Bengough-Stuart process did in the 1920’s or Boeing's phosphoric acid anodizing process did in the early 1970’s.

For more information on breakthrough anodizing processes, please contact Technical Metal Finishing.

Technical Metal Finishing (TMF) is a Nadcap certified metal finisher recognized for its unique anodize masking processes and non-destructive testing services. The company's fifty-five year reputation for reliability, precision and speed combined with lean certified project management ensures that parts are delivered right on time, every time for a smooth, stress-free experience from start to finish.

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