Standard & Custom Metal Finishing

From Prototype to Production, Forge has your success in mind. We work closely with Engineers and Project Managers to carefully select the best process parameters to fit your finishing requirement.

Our finishing experts often collaborate at the design level so that many of the early, process development challenges can be avoided. When it’s time to go to production, the ramp cycle is vigorous as much of the hard work has been completed already.

Forge continuously optimizes production parameters with perpetual capture of information and feedback from each process. The expert technicians are always looking for a better way to accommodate customer requests. Forge ensures that all projects are completed quickly and correctly the first time, every time.

Anodize

Forge’s comprehensive anodize process allows for greater control of quality and consistency while maintaining capacity and flexibility. Better throughput and more customized options for specific requests are achieved by using multiple tanks within production lines. Continuous maintenance, thorough cleaning and rigorous schedules ensure the anodizing process always meets industry standards and exceeds customer expectations.

Our NADCAP accredited Passivation process is compatible with most standards and has proven effective for aerospace, medical, machining and food industries. Citric Acid passivation has evolved into the preferred formulation for stainless steel component cleaning and passivation and we have tailored our process to meet the change.

Material Specifications

Aluminum

Sulfuric Acid Anodize

Mil-A-8625F, Type II, Class 1, Clear

Mil-A-8625F, Type II, Class 2, Dyed
• Black, Red, Blue, Green, Gold, Gray, Tan
• Custom Colors Available upon Request

Hardcoat Anodize

Mil-A-8625F, Type III, Class 1, Natural

Mil-A-8625F, Type III, Class 2, Dyed

Electroless Nickel

Our team of experts will find the most cost-effective process for your requirements. Whether hook, rack, or barrel plating, Forge’s team of experts efficiently process all types of requests – from short run precision machined parts to high volume screw machine components. Our Medium Phosphorous Electroless Nickel is the industry standard and yields the best combination of wear and corrosion resistance. As with all Forge processes, our NADCAP accredited Electroless Nickel process has been optimized to produce the highest quality parts, regardless of thickness or tolerance, and a superior finished product.

Electroless nickel capacities currently include:

  • Medium Phosphorus (5-9%) Nickel
  • Consistent plating thickness up to .0010″, +/- .0001″
  • Advanced XRF Inspection System with traceable standards
  • Prototype to High Volume Production Quantities
  • Hook, rack and barrel process capabilities
  • Aluminum and Steel

Material Specifications

Aluminum

Mil-C-26074

AMS-C-26074

AMS 2404E

ASTM B733

Steel

Mil-A-26074, Class 1

Passivate

With capabilities to rack or barrel process stainless Steel components, Forge Metal Finishing can passivate according to customer specifications and assures quality results. Our custom designed racks segregate your precision machined components from other parts, ensuring an exact finish.

Our NADCAP accredited Passivation process is compatible with most standards and has proven effective for aerospace, medical, machining and food industries. Citric Acid passivation has evolved into the preferred formulation for stainless steel component cleaning and passivation and we have tailored our process to meet the change.

Forge’s use of multiple process tanks, parts dryers, and an organized staff allows for effective processing of high-volume batches of stainless steel products, daily. The strict process control, including precise chemical titration and use of deionized rinse water, ensures exact results.

Material Specifications

Stainless Steel

AMS2700 Method 2 (Supersedes AMS QQ-P-35)

ASTM A380

ASTM A967

Chemical Conversion Coating

(CHEM FILM, CHROMATE, ALODINE, IRIDITE)

Forge offers several versions of Chemical Conversion Coating to meet most commonly specified requirements. As with all of our processes, accuracy is the most important factor to our skilled technicians. Forge can chromate your components in bulk barrel or individual rack configurations.

Chromate Conversion, also known as Iridite or Yellow Chromate, is widely used in sheet metal applications and often used as a primer before painting processes. This process is also applied to masked surfaces after anodizing, providing a corrosion resistant electrical contact surface. Forge’s NADCAP accredited Chromate process is available in Hexavalent and RoHS compliant formulas.

Material Specifications

Aluminum

Hexavalent Chrome Free Clear

Mil-DTL-5541, Type II, Class 1A
(Maximum Corrosion Resistance)

Mil-DTL-5541, Type II, Class 3
(Protection Against Corrosion and Lower Electrical Resistance)

MIL-C-5541 Class 1A & Class 3

Hexavalent Chrome Yellow

Mil-DTL-5541, Type I, Class 1A
(Maximum Corrosion Resistance)

Mil-DTL-5541, Type I, Class 3
(Protection Against Corrosion and Lower Electrical Resistance)

MIL-C-5541 Class 1A & Class 3