Proper Ways To Prevent Pollution During Electroplating


Shop owners want to take as many precautions as they can to reduce pollution during the electroplating process. Fortunately, there are several ways to do this during the masking and processing stages.


One way to reduce pollution and improve your shop’s health and safety is to choose a suitable masking material for a job. Factors you should consider include the skill required to use the material, part size, shape, and weight, chemical resistance of the maskant, chemical resistant of the adhesive, temperature limitations of the maskant, cleaning requirements, resilience of the maskant, sealing abilities, specifications of clients, ease of maskant removal, and cost of disposal.

UV curable masks are one type that generally meets project requirements and can minimize waste. They are most commonly used in acid-based stripping, anodizing, plating, chemical milling, plasma spraying, painting, and blasting. There are two common types of these masks. Burn off UV curable materials offer the best adhesion and resilience. However, they have a long curing time. This type can be quickly incinerated without a trace. Peelable UV curable masks are long-lasting, resilient, and offer good adhesion. This type has a short curing time, and the non-hazardous material can be easily peeled after the product is finished. Aside from this, when plating tanks have no anodes, it is possible to go without masking materials.


To reduce pollution during processing, you need to ensure that you control the operating parameters. You want to perform regular and accurate solution analyses. Use deionized water and inert anodes to keep the solution at the correct levels. During these checks, you should remove any dropped parts and other contaminants. Also, use proper filtration techniques and perform regular bus bar maintenance to ensure minimal waste during processing.

Shop owners can reduce the amount of pollution and waste produced during the electroplating process. The most common areas that can use improvements are the masking and processing stages.…

Different Ways To Aerate Your Lake or Pond


There are many problems that waterways can face if they do not have proper circulation. One of the most common is thermal stratification, where your lake separates into layers of water, each with a different temperature. This is most common during the summer when the hot air and extended sunlight warms your lake’s surface. Meanwhile, the bottom of your lake remains untouched by the sun and is noticeably cooler. Additionally, the cooler regions have less circulation, which means there is not enough oxygen. In other words, this area can become toxic to fish. A third, middle region often separates these two layers. This acts as a barrier that prevents the warm and cold air from mixing. Aerators are machines that circulate the water in your lake or pond. The surface and submersed diffused aerators are the primary ways that people aerate their bodies of water.

Surface Aerators

Surface aerators operate at the top of your lake and circulate the surface water. The machine has a pump that takes in water from the uppermost strata and spits it out and away from the unit. They are similar to fountains, except their primary focus is on circulating water rather than offering an esthetic appeal.

Submersed Diffused Aerators

Submersed diffused aerators are located at the bottom of a pond and perform lake aeration by sucking in air from the surface and dispersing it at the bottom in tiny bubbles. The result is that these bubbles bring oxygen into the water, which is then pushed away from the device. Typically, these bubbles rise to the top, so more water gets circulated than with surface aerators. Additionally, submersed diffused aerators are available as whole-lake systems.

These are the two primary ways to aerate your lake or pond. These both provide oxygen and circulation to your water, which offers many benefits, such as prevent thermal stratification.…