For the Second Year in a Row, Reliable Plating Works, Inc and Elite Finishing LLC are two of the Top Finishing Shops in U.S.
Products Finishing magazine names Reliable Plating Works, Inc and Elite Finishing LLC to the “Top Shops” list for second consecutive year
Reliable Plating Works, Inc and Elite Finishing LLC have been named two of the best finishing shops in the U.S., according to an industry benchmarking survey conducted by Products Finishing magazine, a trade publication which has covered the industry since 1938.
The magazine conducted an extensive benchmarking survey that analyzed a company in several different areas, including Current Finishing Technology, Finishing Practices and Performances, Business Strategies and Performances, and Training and Human Resources.
Only the top 50 shops were given the honor of being a Products Finishing magazine ‘Top Shop’ based on a scoring matrix of those four criteria and RPW and Elite Finishing are two of these shops.
“Reliable Plating Works, Inc and Elite Finishing LLC have established themselves as two of the best finishing operations in the industry,” said Tim Pennington, editor of Products Finishing magazine. “The criteria we used was very stringent, and only the finishing shops that excelled in all four areas made the list. Reliable Plating Works, Inc and Elite Finishing LLC are in rare air when it comes to finishing operations.”
“The entire Reliable Plating Works and Elite Finishing Team is extremely excited and pleased to be named two of Products Finishing magazine’s ‘Top Shops’,” said Jaime Maliszewski, who owns Reliable Plating Works, Inc and Elite Finishing LLC with his two brother Jack and Jeff. “Our employees and management team have worked very hard to be the best in the industry, and to provide our customers with quality service.”
Is the Chrome Plating I am Buying Hex Chrome?
There is a lot of confusion as to what is Hex Chrome and what is Chromium (the element and a stable atom). In short, decorative Chrome plating facilities that use a Hexavalent Solution to plate parts generate a Chromium Finish on the parts that is NOT Hex Chrome. There may be trace amounts of Hexavalent solution in cracks and crevices on the part, but this residue is always well below the regulated limits of RoHS. Below you will see information that will help you better understand the what type of chrome you are getting when you purchase your coatings. Please feel free to call RPW, Inc or Elite Finishing with any questions you may have.
Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS) Directive (2002/95/EC). As of July 1, 2006, this directive bans lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) from all new electrical and electronic equipment sold to EU companies and manufactured in the EU.
ELV Directive 2000/53/EC (from EU):
Pb, Hg, Cd, Cr+⁶ are banned from automotive coatings as of 7-2007. The objective is the prevention of waste from vehicles plus reuse, recycle, & recovery of end-of life vehicles & components. 85% recycled by 2006, 95% by 2015. Vintage & historic vehicles are exempted Components, materials, as well as spare & replacement parts are also covered. Automotive component manufacturers to provide appropriate information to treatment facilities, concerning dismantling, & reuse.
Chromium exists in at least four valence states:
- Cr Cr+³ Cr+² Cr+⁶
- Trivalent and Hexavalent Chromium Issues:
- Cr0 is Chromium the element of chrome and a stable atom
- Chrome plated in a Hexavalent Bath is a pure chrome coating, while Chrome plated in a trivalent bath is an alloy of Chrome, Iron, Nickel and Copper.
- The valence of chrome solutions can changes states from Cr+³ to Cr+⁶ and visa versa.
- Hexavalent is self-healing, trivalent is not
- Cr⁰, Cr², Cr³ are not regulated in the European ELV Directive at present
Hexavalent Chrome is found in these finishes:
- Corrosion preventive and conversion coatings on steel, aluminum, and magnesium automotive & electronic components (as a chromate films)
- Black chromium plated coatings
- Pigments in Paints, Top-coats, Polymers
- Anodized parts sealed in dichromate
- Phosphates (acidulated rinse)
- Some Proprietary Zinc-aluminum Coatings
- Chromium plating (traces may be trapped in cracks, fissures, blind holes)
- Max Hex Chromium Allowed = 1,000 ppm
- Three chromium plated samples tested to date:– 119 ppm
— 329 ppm
— 496 ppm
Virtual Golf Results
The 13th annual Virtual Golf Outing has come to a close.
This year’s winner is the team put together by Cory Savage of Savage Solutions. Savage Solutions is our marketing supplier that has designed our websites and all of our marketing materials. Cory’s team consisted of Nick, Scott, Josh and Cory. They scrambled their way to a 6 under par score that bested runner up Staffing Partners by one stroke.
The third place finisher was First Business Bank who made a surge from last year’s bottom of the pack.
- Short drive went to Lynn from First Business Bank
- Long Drive went to Brian at Staffing Partners
- Closest to the pin went to Cory of Savage Solutions
- Long Put went to Robert of Staffing Partners
- Robert also garnered the most shots into the waste areas
- Dan Rank takes home the award for hitting into one of the Condo’s patios. He made a heck of a shot from the lie that was against the house and surrounded by railings.
Gifts will be sent out next week for our winners. Thanks again to all that attended!