Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Do Your Own Metallizing

The process of coating various objects with a layer of metal is called metallizing. This can be done to make sure the object is properly protected. It is also commonly used to add a decorative appearance to the object. Many manufacturers hire outside companies to perform the metallizing process for them. However, a growing number of companies are realizing that they can save a great deal of money by simply doing their own metallizing. They need to invest in the proper equipment in order to accomplish this. The quality of metallizing equipment is important. Here is how you can go about locating it.

1. What features do you want it to have?

There are a wide variety of manufacturers and models of metallizing equipment currently on the market. This means that you will have many choices in terms of features. You will need to decide which of these features are important to the products you will be creating. There is no sense paying for features you will never use. Obviously, the price of the machine will go up with each additional feature that you decide to buy. Do you want your machine to have a mono-frame design? Do you need it to perform several different processes? How good are the PVD coatings that the machine produces? These are questions that you will need to answer before you start actively looking for your equipment.

2. Would you consider buying pre-owned metallizing equipment?

As you might imagine, the price of metallizing equipment that was previously owned by another company is significantly lower than if you buy it brand new. This is a significant savings that you need to seriously consider. This is especially true if your company is new and has limited financial resources. Make sure the equipment you buy has been completely tested and certified before you agree to buy it. This will decrease the chances of something going wrong with the equipment after you start to use it.

3. Service and parts

It is always important to enter into a service agreement with the company that you buy your metallizing equipment from. Complex machines need to be repaired by experienced professionals when they have mechanical difficulties. Therefore, you need to make sure you are covered in case something malfunctions. You should also make sure that the parts for your particular machine are readily available. You don't want to be waiting for several weeks while parts are special ordered.

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