What’s the Difference Between Buffing and Polishing

Buffing and polishing are two common finishing processes used in the manufacturing industry. They both involve smoothing the surface of a workpiece to improve its aesthetics as well as its physical properties. Unbeknownst to many people, however, buffing and polishing … Read More

What Is Sandblasting?

Also known as abrasive blasting, sandblasting is a surface finishing process that involves the use of a powered machine — typically an air compressor as well as a sandblasting machine — to spray abrasive particles under high pressure against a … Read More

What Is Spray Forming?

Also known as spray deposition, spray forming is a manufacturing process that involves coating a workpiece with semi-solid particles of metal. It’s designed to create a protective coating over the surface of the workpiece, thereby protecting it from rust, corrosion … Read More

How Metal Etching Works

Have you heard of metal etching? Although it’s been around for centuries, it’s become an increasingly common process used in the manufacturing industry. Metal etching allowing manufacturing companies to create permanent designs — or other visual graphics — on the … Read More

What Is Magnetic Abrasive Finishing?

Also known as magnetic field-assisted finishing, magnetic abrasive finishing is a finishing process that involves the use of a magnetic field to apply particulate matter onto the surface of a workpiece or object. The purpose of magnetic abrasive finishing is … Read More

Pickling: An Overview of This Metal Treatment Process

Have you heard of the metal treatment process known as pickling? When most people hear the word “pickling,” they immediately envision the edible vinegar-preserved food of its namesake. However, pickling also refers to a metal treatment process performed by manufacturing … Read More

Crimping vs Soldering Cable Connectors: Which Is Best?

Both crimping and soldering are used to create connections for cables. Ethernet cables, for example, typically feature RJ-45 connectors at the ends. To add an RJ-45 connector to an Ethernet cable, you can either crimp or solder it. While both … Read More