Ask the Expert: Coping with Staffing Shortages

Ask the Expert: Coping with Staffing Shortages

May 1, 2022

Tom Mastalerz, business development manager at Columbia Chemical, discusses strategies for optimizing operational efficiencies to help combat staffing shortages. #asktheexpert Products Finishing Expert Clinic/Plating Tom Mastalerz, Business Development Manager ~ Columbia Chemical Q. We are struggling …

TriCOL Reclaim

Showcase: TriCOL Reclaim®

April 27, 2022

TriCOL Reclaim®: Innovation in Decorative Plating Technology The cost difference between decorative hexavalent and trivalent chrome plating has always been a stumbling block for plating shops wanting to make the switch. For Columbia Chemical, this …

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TriCOL Reclaim® Success in Italy

April 24, 2022

Decorative Plating Success in Italy Galvanica Riva is a custom plating shop in Solaro, Italy, and a customer of Columbia Chemical’s global plating partner Tecnochimica. The company has been in business since 1962 and specializes …

40 Under 40 class of 2022

40 Under 40 Class of 2022: Jacob Weingart

April 15, 2022

Congratulations to Jacob Weingart, our Research Chemist, who was nominated and selected to be part of the Products Finishing 40 Under 40 Class of 2022. Jacob Weingart joined Columbia Chemical (Brunswick, Ohio) two years ago …

2021 Top Shop Partners

September 4, 2021

Congratulations to our ‘Top Shop’ Customers! Congratulations to all those recognized as this year’s PF “Top Shops” honorees! Each year, Products Finishing Magazine conducts its in-depth Top Shops Benchmarking Survey, a program designed to aid …

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Ask the Expert: Achieving Desired Thickness with Black Passivate

August 3, 2021

Curt Sotera of Columbia Chemical offers insights for achieving the desired results when plating parts in zinc-nickel with a black passivate. #asktheexpert Products Finishing Expert Clinic/Plating Curt Sotera, Technical Account Manager ~ Columbia Chemical Q: …

Products Finishing 40-Under-40 nominee, standing in front of a Columbia Chemical logo

40 Under 40 Class of 2021: Mike Evans

April 27, 2021

Congratulations to our Lab Manager Mike Evans who was nominated and selected to be part of the Products Finishing 40 Under 40 Class of 2021 & is the lead featured nominee in the March 2021 …

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Ask the Expert: Controlling Concentration of Trivalent Passivates by Calculating Drag-out

April 15, 2021

Stephen Roberts, Technical Support Representative, was a featured plating expert in a recent issue of Products Finishing magazine. Addressing a question about controlling the concentration of trivalent passivates to eliminate corrosion protection issues, Roberts covers …

Chloride and Sulfate-Based Decorative Trivalent Plating

Ask the Expert Webinar: Comparing Operational & Performance Characteristics of Chloride and Sulfate-Based Decorative Trivalent Plating

October 8, 2020

This webinar will report on the extensive field studies outlining the performance, color stability, and corrosion results of chloride and sulfate-based decorative trivalent plating systems. Operational factors such as plating speed and anode cost/efficiency will …

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Ask the Expert: How to Choose Between Sulfate and Chloride-Based Trivalent Chromium

August 28, 2020

There are several factors to consider when choosing between sulfate and chloride-based baths for trivalent chromium plating. Mark Schario of Columbia Chemical discusses the differences and what platers should keep in mind when evaluating options. …