What are White Papers and Why Should you Read Them?

Where can you find relevant, compelling user guides, step-by-step process instructions, and troubleshooting checklists? Maybe from a college textbook, industry article, trade association or even the library? Better yet scan through the Hubbard-Hall white papers to read real-life situations and instructional content designed to inform, educate and become your go-to resource. Feel free to download and save whatever you need. Didn’t find what you are looking for? Contact us and we will do our best to help.

Cleaning the Hard to Clean In-Line Paint Stripping: A Value-Added Process

Have you considered how an in-line paint stripper can cut costs, improve quality and boost capacity? This white paper provides the results of an actual company that did just that, and realized a 67% reduction in the cost of racks, and is saving $300,000 every year.

Finishing the Hard to Finish 3 Keys to Better Surface Preparation

The 3 keys to Better Surface Preparation begins with Analysis, Observation and Maintenance. Specific details from our technical experts on how to reduce and eliminate rejects.

Finishing the Hard to Finish Black Magic: The Science Behind the Magic

An introduction to Hubbard-Hall’s line of Black Magic products - a hot alkaline nitrate black oxidizing solution. The Black Magic finish develops a true conversion coating that does not chip, flake or peel and can last indefinitely.

Finishing the Hard to Finish Causes for Off-Colored Black Oxide Finishes

A consistent black oxide conversion coating is always desirable, but when the finish is not satisfactory here are issues that might be the cause.

Finishing the Hard to Finish Preventing Corrosion Can Save Billions of Dollars

Quality raw materials and proper equipment maintenance are 2 steps in the process that can be critical to quality finishing as how it relates to corrosion prevention.

Finishing the Hard to Finish Electropolishing Process Considerations

Electropolishing replaces traditional mechanical treatments, such as milling, blasting, grinding, and polishing. Several formulations have been developed for numerous metals and alloys, including; stainless steel, aluminum. brass, copper, nickel, Inconel, gold, silver and others.

Cleaning the Hard to Clean Filtering Cleaners, “Cleaning the Cleaner” Questions and Answers

Filtration is the mechanical process to separate unwanted materials from the cleaner. The filtration unit is a medium through which only the cleaner can pass.

Cleaning the Hard to Clean How to Reduce Steps Required in Non-Ferrous Surface Cleaning

An examination of the benefits of organic acid cleaners and how they can reduce the steps in the non-ferrous surface cleaning process.

Cleaning the Hard to Clean Laser B … A Start For A Brilliant Finish

Deoxidizing and polishing can now be accomplished in a process that leaves a brilliant finish without the labor.

Treating the Hard to Treat Polymer Flocculant Preparation for Jar Testing

A guide to handling and using liquid emulsion polymers and powdered polymers for jar testing.

Cleaning the Hard to Clean Know Your Hazards: How to Handle Cleaners Safely

Selecting chemical process baths and treatments that are available with safety in mind.

Finishing the Hard to Finish The Importance of Rinsing in Metal Finishing Operations

Far too many problems can be traced to poor rinsing resulting in the contamination of down-line process baths. By conveying the elements of good rinse practice, we’re here to help ensure that such problems never happen to you.

Finishing the Hard to Finish Maintaining a Consistent Finish Means Watching the Thermometer

For metal finishers one thing is certain the weather will impact the quality of your surface finishing process. Depending on the time of year, it gets cold – and it gets hot.

Cleaning the Hard to Clean Why Aqueous Cleaners are So Effective: Emulsification vs. Displacement

Soak cleaners are provided in two general formulations: emulsification and displacement. They both clean with a high degree of effectiveness. How do these two methods in fact differ?

Cleaning the Hard to Clean What is the Best Way to Determine your Cleaning Costs?

Beyond the cost of the chemistry, here is an in-depth look at all of the associated variables that will determine the total cost of providing a clean surface for an in-process metal finishing operation or for an attractive, contaminant-free part.

Finishing the Hard to Finish Improve Your Metal Finishing & Plating Results

Improving your metal finishing and plating process has been at the core of what our Tech Team does every day. Sharing several ideas, tips and troubleshooting keys is what you can expect to find in this download.

Finishing the Hard to Finish Metal Finishing Terms You'll Want to Know

Chelating agents, complexing agents, flocculants, deflocculants are properties associated with surface finishing and wastewater treatment. Understanding this common terminology can be very beneficial to understanding what chemical works in specific circumstances.

Finishing the Hard to Finish Where Can You Lower Costs in Your Metal Finishing Process

Learn how you can reduce your metal finishing and plating process costs with our top 3 ideas to use today to increase productivity and improve efficiency.

Cleaning the Hard to Clean Can Water Replace Solvents for Metal Cleaning?

With a combination of the right chemistry, equipment and cleaning process, water-based cleaning can be extremely effective compared to traditional chlorinated solvents.

Finishing the Hard to Finish First Step for a Great Finish is Surface Preparation

Selecting the right cleaner and properly maintaining it with respect to operating parameters will go a long way to insuring that your first big step is successful

Cleaning the Hard to Clean Spray Cleaning for Excellent Pre-Cleaning

Spray cleaners combine chemical and mechanical action to remove soils from the substrate. The cleaning action must be rapid, as contact times in most spray machines typically range from 30-60 seconds, at temperatures below traditional soak cleaners.

Finishing the Hard to Finish Do it Once, Do it Right: Surface Preparation for Plating

6 Steps to review before starting an electro-plating process. Starting with a manageable list of critical tasks can make all the difference in achieving the quality repeatable plated parts

Treating the Hard to Treat The impact the use of phosphates is having on the discharge from finishing operations

Phosphates in process wastewater can produce serious problems in the environment. Today, there are two primary technologies for phosphate removal from wastewater — chemical and biological.

Treating the Hard to Treat Oil Problems

As local governments and municipalities are working to resolve the issue of fats, oils and grease (FOG) that are clogging sewers systems, the issue has an immediate impact not just on households and restaurants, but also for the industrial sector such as remanufacturing and metal finishing.

Finishing the Hard to Finish Best of Both Worlds in Polymer Quenching

“The success of most heat treating processes comes down to the battle between time v. temperature…” In this white paper, Jerry Dwyer of Hubbard-Hall describes innovative heat treating practices with organic polymer quenchants. If you are interested in learning about what these polymer quenchants can do, and want to know specifically how a high-performing polymer reacts in the quenching process, read on for the details from a specific case study. Between time and temperature, you may just get the best of both worlds.

Finishing the Hard to Finish Heat Treating With Salts

Heat treating is a process in which metal is heated to a certain temperature and then cooled in a particular manner to alter its internal structure for obtaining a desired degree of physical and mechanical properties. The purpose is to increase the metal’s hardness, as well as to obtain maximum strength and durability in the material.

Cleaning the Hard to Clean Extending Bath Life and Reducing Process Challenges in Vapor Degreasing Systems

Industrial parts cleaning is certainly important in the manufacturing process, as the removal of unwanted contaminants such as oil, dust or dirt from workpieces will make things go more smoothly. Industrial parts cleaning is certainly important in the manufacturing process, as the removal of unwanted contaminants such as oil, dust or dirt from workpieces will make things go more smoothly. Although that sounds simple at first, achieving successful cleaning results takes a lot of requirements that need to be met.

Treating the Hard to Treat Proper Phosphorus Removal for Wastewater in Anodizing Processes

As a nutrient, phosphorus is part of the growth cycle of nature. As with everything, however, too much of something can have a negative impact. When phosphorus is found in excessive amounts in waterways, algae and bacteria can grow in abundance, which can have the following detrimental effects on the environment.

Cleaning the Hard to Clean Overview on Regulatory Status of Halogenated Solvent Cleaners

Several solvents used in parts-cleaning operations — such as methylene chloride (MEC), perchloroethylene (perc), and trichloroethylene (TCE), and n-propyl bromide (nPB) — are all filed under “Risk Evaluation” by the U.S. EPA under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

Finishing the Hard to Finish Rust Never Sleeps, but Metal Guard Can Prevent Corrosion

Rust and other oxidation can start forming on parts, driving up costs
through additional cleaning and surface preparation.

Finishing the Hard to Finish Mineral Acids for Activation vs. Acid Salt

For years mineral acids like hydrochloric and sulfuric acid have been use in metal finishing constantly releasing fumes which can be corrosive to equipment and parts. Acid salts were developed to increase the effect of acid treatments, but in a safer manor. Read more on the benefits of using Acid Salts over Mineral Acids.

Treating the Hard to Treat Cyanide Destruction: A New Look at an Age-Old Problem

Cyanide chemistries in mining, as well as industrial process wastewaters, including plating operations, have been used since before the start of the industrial revolution.

Cleaning the Hard to Clean 90% of quality issues are related to poor treatment. How is that possible and how can you improve?

Our industry says that 90% of quality issues are related to poor pretreatment. It would be impossible to quantify that number, but most troubleshooters will agree that ineffective cleaning and activation are among the most common root causes for plating failures. Knowing that effective pretreatment has such a strong impact on consistency and quality, the conversation needs to shift towards how operators can proactively ensure parts are properly activated before reaching the plating tank.

Treating the Hard to Treat Bench Testing Instructions

In wastewater treatment, the number one tool available for ensuring the wastewater systems are running effectively is a bench test. Bench testing is used to verify chemicals needed to remove contaminants, check chemical dosing, determine correct pH ranges, and determine the amount of solids that can be produced from the treatment process.

Treating the Hard to Treat Biological Wastewater Treatment for Finishing Applications

With tightening limits on nutrients and Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD), is a small-scale biological system right for your industrial facility?