Canadian aviation services provider Cadorath Group has completed a nearly $1 million renovation to its chrome-plating facility. Among the upgrades are new plating tanks, the latest rectifiers, improved pollution control and a modern air scrubber to meet current and future environmental standards. Chrome plating is used to repair and protect areas of components that are prone to wear. “Chrome plating is what started our aerospace companies,” said CEO Gerry Cadorath.
Techno Coatings wasn’t exhibiting at the NBAA Convention in November, but the North Miami, Fla. metal plating specialist put quite a shine on the show when it played host to some 200 attendees at a fashion show at Seasons 52 restaurant in Orlando.
Television personality and author Sir Brian Sterling hosted the gala, costumes were created by students from the Calvary Christian Academy and “America’s Next Top Model” personality Lauran Kirkpatrick headlined the selection of models.
Alamo Plating and Metal Finishing of Converse, Texas, a specialist in decorative plating, has introduced a new finishing process called water-transfer printing. The process in its basic form begins with a pre-printed, high-definition pattern on a water-soluble transfer film. The film is then “floated” in the surface in a processing tank of water.
HighTech Finishing recently expanded its facility, adding 15 new tanks to allow the company to offering plating on plastic. “Many aviation manufacturers are employing new methods to decrease aircraft weight, and using plastic can be one of the options,” explained v-p of marketing Rick Niefield.
A toy pedal-plane, plated and finished by Signature Plating of Cibolo, Texas, was the prize in a raffle won at the NBAA Convention last month by Rolf Smith, aircraft sales director of Beverly Hills, Calif.-based IntelliJet. With Smith in the photo are Signature Plating CFO Frank McKnight and Par Avion president Janine Iannarelli. Proceeds from the raffle went to Susan G.
The FAA is proposing an airworthiness directive for the Bombardier CL-600-2B19 (CRJ) air-driven generator (ADG).
“We have a specialized process to repair damaged cadmium that makes it particularly suitable to AOG applications,” Derek Vanek, Sifco Applied Surface Concepts manager of inside sales and support, told AIN. Vanek explained that high-strength steel, such as that used in landing gear and other cadmium-plated structural components, is susceptible to hydrogen embrittlement.
HighTech Finishing of Houston, Texas (Booth No. 479), has introduced several new, unique decorative plating finishes at the specific requests of clients. Its “Oil-rubbed Bronze” finish, for example, is the response to an inquiry from Airbus for a specific visual appearance. According to the U.S.
Alamo Plating & Metal Finishing (Booth No. 2888) announced a new finishing process called water-transfer printing, which uses a specialized film to print natural designs, such as burl wood, walnut, marble and geometric patterns, on nearly any substrate. Interior paneling, cabinetry, handles, switches, bezels and other interior parts lend themselves to this film-dipping process.
Custom Cupholders of North East, Md., has introduced a new line of cupholders designed specifically for the luxury market, including business aircraft. According to company president Jim Moffett, the lowly cupholder should reflect the same elegance found in the rest of the cabin. Moffett said Custom Cupholders can provide the unfinished satin aluminum for plating by the OEM.
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