4 Ways to Determine the Quality of a Chrome Plating Facility
It can be a struggle to determine the quality of any business online, let alone the quality of a chrome plating facility. Due to specific handling and capacity requirements, our customers often find themselves without a local solution for their chroming needs.
To make your research a bit easier, we asked professionals in the industry what the key indicators of quality and trust were, and they came back with: 1. Experienced Professionals 2. Recognized Quality Programs 3. The Facility, and 4. Environmental Responsibility and Safety
The adage “a business is only as good as its people” is a cliché for a reason − it’s true. One of the first questions you should ask any facility you are considering is “how experienced are your professionals?” Find out what credentials they hold, as well as whether or not the tradespeople on the floor have any specialties. By doing so, you can quickly determine whether or not the facility is right for you. Experienced professionals will be able to isolate the problems, correct them and complete the job efficiently- on time and on budget.
If a company consists of a strong team, you know that quality is important to them internally, as well as externally, and that your cylinders will be in good hands.
Recognized Quality Programs
Most companies publicize a commitment to quality, but often these claims come down to undocumented, quality programs or best practice policies which are not reliable or credible. What you want to see are companies who have invested in respected quality programs like Lloyd’s Register and ISO.
When a company has been certified by Lloyds Register of London, their systems and processes have met intense requirements and their facility upholds exceptional standards within the industry. If the company you are considering has achieved this certification, know that you will receive superior quality each and every time you do business with them.
A company who is certified, or in the process of being certified by ISO, demonstrates their commitment to continuous improvement. ISO: 9001:2015 is a quality management system certification; companies must meet rigorous standards consistently in order to earn ISO certification
When you see this advertised by a chroming facility, you can be sure that you will receive first-class chroming each and every time.
All facilities are not equal in their capability to handle large cylinders and rods, and it is important to pick a facility that is outfitted with the proper equipment to handle your needs. Take into consideration the capacity of the cranes on-site, the depth and number of chroming tanks, the testing capabilities, and the precision techniques employed.
Technology plays a significant role in determining quality, so make it a priority to find out how advanced a facility’s systems are. Many companies have not invested in technological advancements, which leads to avoidable inconsistencies caused by manual error.
The number of facilities that are properly outfitted with the machinery needed to handle large jobs are few and far between. If your needs are specialized or fall under the “large” umbrella, make sure the facility you choose is equipped to handle the job. Ask if the job can be done on-site, because companies will often take your business and outsource the work to a facility that has the technology and high capacity machinery you require. If there is a well-established relationship between the companies, this is not a problem, but if communication is lacking, your costs will increase and so will your downtime.
Environmental Responsibilities and Safety
Each year, chroming companies are re-evaluating their environmental responsibility by making commitments to reduce their environmental impact. The industry recognizes how important it is that all employees are properly trained and safe when it comes to the handling of and disposing of hazardous materials.
Look for a company that advertises ISO 14001:2015, or is in the process of attaining it. ISO 14001:2015 means that the company has fulfilled their environmental responsibilities to the highest degree and have the most up-to-date and effective environmental management systems.
There are numerous environmental concerns attached to the chroming industry and when researching potential facilities, be aware of the company’s pollution control system. It is important to note that chrome plating itself is nonthreatening, but the deposition process, when done incorrectly, can be harmful. With the correct systems in place, the pollution can be contained and in order to find out whether the company you want to deal with follows proper procedures, here are some things to look for.
- A scrubber system that traps chromic acid and prevents pollutants from being released into the atmosphere. This is extremely important as the acid is a genotoxic carcinogen.
- Make sure that the facility has a separate chroming area; isolation is important because it prevents the transfer of chromic acid.
- In order to prevent contaminants from going into the ground, the pit must be completely encapsulated and the contaminated water must be treated.
Before committing to a chrome plating facility, make sure you investigate the company and their commitments to quality. No matter the industry, it is imperative that you choose a company able to deliver the quality needed to weather your application and remain in good condition.