About Our Anodizing Facility & Staff
“Pride in American Workmanship” Anodize is committed to providing excellence in metal finishing services and customer satisfaction. Our highly trained team of professionals utilize the latest state-of-the-art equipment to provide the best possible anodizing, surface preparation, passivation, mirror polishing and laser etching services.
We are fortunate enough to have an amazing TEAM working here. They take great pride in their work and love to see that WOW! look on the customer’s face. Our Lead Anodizer has been on staff for 9 years now and is great at understanding the subtleties in color variations that customers request.
Bottom line: You won’t find another anodizing facility that cares more about their customers or produces a better result.
WE DO IT ALL!
Medical devices, surgical implants, high-precision instruments, automotive parts, military equipment and more… when you think anodizing, think Anodize, LLC.! We are America’s premier source for all aluminum and titanium anodizing needs. Plus, we anodize to exact specifications and in a wide array of colors, including clear. Mirror polishing and laser etching are other high quality services offered by Anodize!
PRECISION & PROTECTION
Anodize Inc. offers the highest possible precision for Military Spec Anodizing, Type II Anodizing, Type III Hardcoat Anodizing and Bright Dip Anodizing. Conventional coatings are 0.1 to 1.0 mils thick and are mostly transparent, but may be colored. Color can add new luster and eye-appeal to products, creating an almost jewel-like effect.
Anodizing is not necessarily a “simple” process. In addition to special machinery, it requires a good knowledge of
chemistry. The anodizing process employs electrolytic oxidation of a metal’s surface to produce a protective
oxide coating. Anodizing will protect metal objects by making their surface much harder. For aluminum, aluminum Precision is critical oxide is grown out of the surface and then becomes aluminum hydrate, which is extremely hard and resistant to corrosion and abrasion.
MANY TYPES OF ANODIZING
MIL-A-8625F is the military specification for six types and two classes of electrolytically formed anodic coatings on aluminum and aluminum alloys for non-architectural application.
TYPE II ANODIZING
Type II is conventional anodizing produced in a sulfurlc acid bath. This method is performed at room temperature and creates an anodized layer of .0002″ to .001″, half of which is grown into the surface and half out of the surface. Anodized metal objects will become slightly larger by about .0005″.
Type ll Anodizing Advantages:
• Corrosion resistance comparable to stainless steel
• Increased surface hardness and scratch resistance
• Non-conductive up to 1000 Volts
• Aesthetics from many color choices
• Colors remain durable, vibrant and fade
• An excellent base for a wide range of
finishing options – clear coat, paint,
graphic applications, etc.
TYPE III HARDCOAT ANODIZING
Type III hardcoat anodizing is done in an electrolytic solution of sulfuric acid at approximately 32°F and a current density of 23 to 37 Amps per square foot. The process will run for 20 to 120 minutes depending on the alloy used and desired coating thick-ness that can reach .002″. Type III hardcoat anodized surfaces can typically only be dyed black or dark green due to the denser pore size.
Type lll Anodizing Advantages:
• Corrosion resistance – passes 1000 HR 5% salt spray test
• Electrical insulation equivalent to glass or porcelain
• Prevents galvanic reaction – can be used with steel, copper,brass, etc.
• Extreme hardness – C60-C70 Rockwell scale High operating temperatures up to
• Durability – 10 times more durable than unanodized aluminum
• Excellent lubricity – hardcoated parts may run against each other without lubrication in many applications
BRIGHT DIP ANODIZING
Bright Dip anodizing is a chemical process that brightens aluminum and does not leave deposits on the surface of the metal. Bright Dip produces a high electro-polish finish similar to the quality of plating. The degree of brightness is dependent on the type of alloy, as well as the surface finish of the object. Some alloys can attain a very reflective, mirror-type finish.
MIRROR POLISHING & LASER ETCHING
Mirror Polishing is required by medical equipment manufacturers and is essential for finishing surgical instruments. This process is the ultimate extra step that reduces the size of pores in metal, thereby minimizing the transmission of germs and other bodily residues by the instruments themselves. Mirror polishing is also used by many other manufacturers who require a high level of smoothness with a minimum amount of porosity. This process helps metal parts meet critical tolerances required in today’s high-tech machinery. When a mirror-polished item is anodized as well, the result is a thing of beauty!
Laser Etching assures a “Lasting Impression.” A company’s unique logo, name or part numbers can be permanently laser-etched on every item produced, which increases brand identity. Due to the growing amount of competition in many industries, especially from overseas, branding is growing in importance to many manufacturers. Call Anodize Inc. today for all your anodizing, mirror polishing and laser etching needs.