For over fifty years Fotofab has been an industry leader in high precision metal fabrication services. This includes electropolishing.
Also known as electrochemical polishing, anodic polishing or electrolytic polishing, electropolishing is an electrochemical process. It employs a temperature-controlled bath of electrolytes (the anode) and a positive terminal of a DC power supply (the cathode) to remove material from a metallic workpiece.
This process minimizes the surface roughness by smoothing out micro-peaks and valleys. The true properties of the metal are therefore promoted to prepare it for the environmental conditions that it will be exposed to.
Characteristics and Advantages of Electropolishing
Electropolishing provides three distinct characteristics:
- Adhesion reduction
- Heat transfer
- Corrosion resistance
Electropolished metals are used in a variety of industries including offshore oil exploration such as downhole applications like drilling. These metals are equipped to handle frequent contact with corrosive materials normal in marine, oil, and gas settings. Electropolishing positively influences your bottom line by improving the material itself. Other advantages include:
- Increased production capacity
- Extended duty cycles
- Decreased fouling, plugging, scaling, and other general product build up
- Enhanced cleaning efficiency
Primarily, we provide these metal finishing services on stainless steel but can also provide them for:
- Beryllium Copper
- Low and High Carbon Steels
- Stainless Steel
- Tool Steel
At Fotofab we specialize in working to customer blueprints. This allows us to customize each metal part to fit your specific needs. The parts we use are sourced and manufactured in the USA. Please contact us today to find out more or to request a quote.