“METALAST International Inc. approached our company, not only with their plan for providing us with a system of superior anodize finish but also with able and responsive technical support. Once in operation with METALAST, one of our customers called and asked, "What did you change to get this improved finish?" We have been able to provide repeatable consistent anodize finishing with the proprietary METALAST process.
Technical support comes easily and willingly from on-site visits from professional METALAST Account Representatives, technical discussions ("Tech Talk") over the phone with METALAST Engineers and Scientists at the METALAST Technical Center, and online computer support direct from METALAST computers to ours.
We appreciate the technical edge and advantage that METALAST and the METALAST process provides our company as they assist us in becoming more technically proficient about anodizing every day.”
Dave Briggs, President, Erie Plating Company
“We have improved our anodizing quality significantly and have reduced our reject rate from 3% - 5% to less than 1%.”
Ken Minks, Senior Process Engineer, Raytheon Aircraft
“The revolutionary Slip-In-Tube aluminium propshaft solution was absolutely not possible without METALAST.”
Mitchell Glowacki, Product Design Engineer - Chassis Division, Visteon Corporation
“The knowledge, enthusiasm and dedication that exudes from METALAST’s people sustains my confidence that I have selected the best team available to support our effort in metal finishing.”
Edward Mason, Division Manager, Modern Industries
“The next generation of leading companies will be structured around principles that METALAST already has in place.”
Steve Gibbon, Senior Project Engineer, Lockwood Green Engineers, Inc.
“Thank you for letting us participate in the T-REX tour. I really enjoyed the presentation and learned about a new industry. The students were impressed with the presentation and connecting their studies with the technology.”
Amy Kienast, Director of Career Services, Michigan Institute of Aeronautics
"I just wanted to relay some of my experiences with the METALAST system. When my partner and I METALAST Absolute Finish, inc. we agreed that we only wanted the best system available. We chose the Metalast process control because we believed at the time that it was the best system on the market. We have not been disappointed with that decision.
The METALAST system is by far the best we have seen, and our customers have seen the results of this system first hand. One of our customers does work for a large aircraft manufacturer, and was requesting us to hard anodize the parts for them. At one time they were having these done in standard type II anodize, but found that the surface scratched easily, so they went to a hard anodize. They tried four anodizers in the Seattle area, and didn’t have great results.
The parts were scratching when placed back into the milling machines for final milling. Absolute Finish was contacted and we hard anodized the same parts. Not only did they not scratch, but this manufacture had to change all the milling cutters to carbide because our anodize was instantly dulling the cutters on the mill! Our coatings far exceeded their standards that they were expecting and we have formed a good relationship with this customer and now do all of their work.”
Randy Fairbank, Vice Presidend Operations, Absolute Finish
“Thank you for the opportunity to attend the Basic Anodizing Course last month. It provided me with the information I need to put together a proposal to bring the anodizing process “in-house”. It is obvious, with the right equipment, anodizing is not the mystical process many vendors would have you believe rather, it can be formulaic. Everyone I met at METALAST was pleasant and knowledgeable, which added to my enjoyment of the class.”
Alan Jones, Quality Assurance Manager, Perma-Cal Industries
“METALAST has put together a world class product and team. METALAST is second to none approach and commitment to product and technology ensures that their customers will stay well ahead of the competition.”
Joe Croce, Operations Manager, Rochester Industrial Services
“Before METALAST, there wasn’t a true system of maintaining consistency in the operation. METALAST has come along and given us the opportunity to give a consistent product to our customers and it’s something our customers have been asking for."
Jim Belcastro, Technical Director, Erie Plating Company
"May we take this moment to express our great appreciation for the team work and exceptional support by your Metalast Team? Words cannot express our appreciation for the technical support for our anodizing state of the art Metalast anodizing chemical processing including your excellent proprietary chemistries, regular visits, monthly lab and technical support, and specialized "on-site" training we recently received. Please pass our thanks to the entire Metalast Team."
Dave Briggs, President, Erie Plating Company
" Since we began using Metalast in February of this year (2006), we have been more than pleased with METALAST TCP-HF. We were looking for a product that would be RoHS compliant and your product met and exceeded all RoHS compliant testing. We use your METALAST TCP-HF before sending out our material to be powder coated and we have had very positive feed back from them on how well the powder covers the material with the METALAST TCP-HF".
David Perez, Plant Manager, PSI Extrusions
"This letter is to inform you about our success with Metalast TCP-HF. Bucher has been using Metalast for 1 year and is working flawlessly. We have had perfect salt spray results with ZERO pits. We also did an extended 1000 hour test and passed with flying colors. The support we got for the Metalast team is outstanding. This product is very easy to maintain with proper training. If there is any new customers that need product support feel free to contact me directly. Bucher is now RoHS compliant. Changing from Hexavalant to Trivalent is not only good for the environment its better for the employees. Metalast in my opinion is the best product on the market for conversion coatings. Thanks for all your support with this product."
Joe Marthaller, Lead Finisher, Bucher Aerospace Corporation
"George Industries has been in the anodizing business for over 50 years and during that time has evaluated and utilized many different chemicals to enhance the anodize process. For the past year we have been using the METALAST AA-200 anodizing additive and have found the results to be very positive and cost effective.
The benefits are:
--Less anodize time to build up thickness
--Improved anodic coating in terms of consistency of finish
--Parts have a cleaner brighter cosmetic appearance
--Better color consistency from part to part in a given load
--More durable coating exceeding Type Il anodize requirements for coating weight and abrasion resistance
These results plus the technical support from METALAST have definitely improved our quality and our anodizing process control."
Georgette Owen, George Industries
“METALAST process control basically limits the amount of choices an operator has to make down to a very few in order to still produce a very sophisticated result. Our cost of rejections was $95 per $10,000 in sales. Last year it was $38, and this year we’re running at $20.”
Tom Coss, President Santa Clara Plating
“With big parts, you can put them in, turn the machine on, and 45 minutes later you have a perfect surface. You’re done. Before, it would take an hour and a half or more depending on whether or not the human element was standing there and watching it. Now he can turn it on, go be productive somewhere else, come back, and the parts are perfect every time.”
Chris Lotspeich , Quality Assurance Manager, Pacific Coast Anodizing
“One of the most illuminating things to me early on was a job that we run almost day in and day out that requires about 70 minutes in the tank to produce the finish that the customer required. Once we converted over to the METALAST process, that time was turned down about 35 minutes."
Bruce Hughart, President/CEO, Hixson Metal Finishing
“Once you’ve set the first program for a part, and you’ve timed it out to get one mil on the part, and you know exactly what that program is, it will come out the same every time. It’s cost efficient because of the quality of the part coming out.”
Ray Twigg, President, Symcoat
“The JobPro has paid for itself many times over and over again. Just cutting down on the run times has been huge. We’re probably at 35% less run time.”
Greg Wasleoff, Owner Pacific Coast Anodizing
“The METALAST JobPro is simple to install with some basic electrical knowledge. It is extremely user friendly and sets up in minutes, has brought added consistency to our anodizing operation and has saved us an average of 10-15% in run time and up to 30% on certain alloys. It allows us to run 2 or 3 more loads per day without changing or adding equipment. The METALAST JobPro is the process controller that the industry has been waiting for.”
Michael Pecjak, Vice President Operations, Anodizing Specialists, Inc.
“We've only had the JobPro installed for a month, but we're already seeing improvements. We were expecting to be down for a day for installation, but we were up and running by noon. There was practically no down time. Our average processing time is down about 20 minutes per load. We're now able to process more loads per day. Also, our consistency and quality have improved dramatically. The JobPro does everything that you (METALAST) say it does. It's a fantastic piece of equipment. The JobPro is the future of process controls for metal finishing.
The only thing you have to train the employees on is their passcode and specific recipes for specific jobs. That’s the only training needed. It’s pictures and words.”
Chris Lotspeich, Quality Assurance Manager, Pacific Coast Anodizing
“Some customers require specific tolerances for individual parts. We plug a customer into the JobPro, create a recipe, and then essentially hit a button and the process is taken care of automatically. Anytime you put a part in the bath and select the process for the customer, it comes out the same every time. It’s repeatable.”
Tom Luteran, Technical Director, Erie Plating Company
“The operator just has to do normal cleaning operations, load his parts, dial up the JobPro recipe and it will run the parts the same way it ran them the last time, or the time before or the last hundred times. It never changes. We never miss. If a customer calls up a MIL-Spec of 2.8-3.2, we’ll shoot for right in the middle. If they want us to go on the low side or on the high side, and they make a change, we can do that too.”
Scott Beck, Production Manager, Hixson Metal Finishing
“There is something particular, a benefit in using the JobProTech that I never thought of prior to installing. I call it ‘the lazy worker syndrome.’ The METALAST system doesn’t allow it. And by the way, the controller is working flawlessly.”
Tom Coss, President of Santa Clara Plating
“We find the METALAST Computer Operated Hardcoat System very valuable. It definitely shows us the ease of operation - reliability - and we find the operation of all alloys very good and consistent. One of the main bonuses of the system is that it is like having another pair of hands or another employee - once you push the button, you can simply walk away and the alarm goes off when the work is done. This frees the operator to work on other projects. It is like having an assistant."
Jerry Paglia, National Sales Manager, AOTCO Metal Finishing
“My customers have gone out of their way to call and tell me that Twin City Plating's hardcoat anodize, thanks to the METALAST Technology and the JobProTech, is better than any they have seen."
Roger Plath, President, Twin City Plating
“The METALAST hardcoat is the best hardcoat that I have seen in thirty years."
Phil Ridley, President, Silvex Surface Technology