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What is ano

What is Anodising?

Anodising is a specialised process within the realm of anodic oxidation, and stands out for its unique combination of durability and aesthetic enhancement.

 

This electrochemical procedure transforms the surface of aluminium alloys into a decorative, corrosion-resistant, anodic oxide finish, which is integral to the metal.

The process involves submerging the aluminium into an acid electrolyte bath and passing an electric current through the medium. This results in the aluminium oxide layer being built from the aluminium itself, emerging both from and on the aluminium as pictured below.

 

This oxide layer is not applied like paint or coating, but is fully integrated with the underlying aluminium substrate, so it cannot chip or peel. It provides increased resistance to corrosion and wear, significantly extending the lifespan of the product.

Anodising Type 2

Type 2 Anodising

A key feature of type 2 anodising is the ability to add vibrant colors, provide medium level corrosion and insulation properties.

 

Through dyeing, the porous nature of the oxide layer can be exploited to colour the aluminum with a wide range of colors, enhancing its aesthetic appeal without compromising the protective qualities.

This makes it an ideal choice for a variety of applications of over 30 different industries, including marine, consumer electronics, automotive and motorsport parts, architectural components, defence and aerospace.

Type 2 anodising is not just a treatment; it's an investment in longevity and aesthetics. It's a perfect blend of form and function, ensuring that your products are not only visually striking but also durable and long-lasting.

Anodising Type 3

Type 3 Hard  Anodising

Type 3 anodising is known for its robust and hard-wearing finish, offers superior wear and corrosion resistance and it can be Teflon (PTFE) impregnated for increase lubricity and corrosion properties.

Ideal for high-wear applications, it significantly extends the lifespan of products. This process also allows for better heat dissipation, making it perfect for components exposed to extreme conditions or heavy usage.

PTFE

Type 3 - PTFE Impregnation

Impregnation of PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene) or Teflon into Type 3 hard coat anodising is a process that enhances the properties of aluminum parts for higher corrosion resistance, wear resistance, and lowers coefficient friction (increased lubricity).

After creating a type 3 layer of aluminum oxide on the surface of the aluminium, the layer is then immersed into a PTFE solution, filling the microscopic pores in the anodised layer.

This creates a self-lubricating surface, reducing friction, and enhancing release characteristics. It finds applications in various industries, including aerospace and automotive, where parts require reduced friction, improved durability, and resistance to galling. This process improves the performance and longevity of aluminum components.

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Ti Ano

Titanium Anodising

Titanium anodising is a surface treatment process that enhances the properties of titanium metal. It involves immersing the titanium in an electrolytic bath and applying an electrical current. This creates an oxide layer on the titanium's surface, known as titanium dioxide. Anodising serves several purposes, including improving corrosion resistance, enhancing wear resistance, and providing decorative coloring options. Depending on the voltage and electrolyte used, different colors can be achieved, making it popular for aesthetic purposes in industries like jewelry and automotive parts. Titanium anodising also maintains the metal's biocompatibility, making it valuable in medical implants and aerospace applications, further aligning with your dedication to diverse industries.

Dental Implants

Dental Implants

Medical Instruments

Medical Instruments

Cerakote

Cerakote

Cerakote is the world’s leading manufacturer of thin-film ceramic coatings and technology with 200+ colours.

Our industry leading coatings are used in industries ranging from automotive, aerospace, sports equipment and interior design to firearms, gas and oil, marine and defense industries. 

The benefits of cerakote are:

1. High durability and wear

2. High adhesion

3. High Chemical Resistance

4. High Corrosion resistance

5. Available in high temperature and low lubricity coatings.

6. Thin coating ranges from 25um (0.02mm) to 40um (0.04mm) average.

7. Coats a wide range of materials including aluminium, steels, plastics and cast.

Chromate

Chromate Chemical Conversion

Chromate Conversion Coatings: Types 1 and 2

Chromate conversion coatings are chemical treatments applied to metal surfaces, primarily aluminum, to enhance corrosion resistance and prepare the surface for paint and other finishes. These coatings are categorized into Type 1 and Type 2, each with distinct characteristics and uses.

Type 1 Chromate (Hexavalent): This type offers exceptional corrosion resistance and durability. It's commonly used in aerospace, military, and automotive industries for its ability to form a thicker coating, providing a higher level of protection. The coating typically appears as a distinctive yellow, which also aids in identifying treated metals.

Type 2 Chromate (Trivalent): While it offers slightly less corrosion resistance compared to Type 1, it's more environmentally friendly and still provides adequate protection for many applications. This type is often used in electronics, general industry, and where compliance with environmental regulations is crucial. The coating usually has a clear to iridescent appearance and is a popular choice for visible consumer products.

Both types serve as a primer for additional coatings or paints, enhancing adhesion and preventing undercoat corrosion, making them vital in various industrial applications.

Passivation

Stainless Passivation

Stainless steel passivation is a critical process that enhances the natural corrosion resistance of the material.

By removing surface contaminants and creating a thin, protective oxide layer, passivation prevents rust and pitting, crucial for maintaining the integrity and longevity of stainless steel components.

This process is particularly beneficial in environments prone to corrosion, such as those with high moisture or chemical exposure. Passivation also helps in maintaining the metal's aesthetic appeal, ensuring it retains its clean, shiny appearance. Ideal for a wide range of industries, from medical to food processing, to defence and aviation. Passivation is a key step in ensuring the durability and safety of stainless steel products.

QA

Quality Assurance Testing

Premium Testing Services: Ensuring Unmatched Quality and Reliability

At DNA, quality is not just a priority, it's our ethos. With over 8 years of professional testing experience, we offer a comprehensive suite of testing services to guarantee the highest standards of durability and performance in your products. Our specialised testing methods are used internally, and supplied externally that  include:

  1. Taber Testing: This method rigorously assesses the wear and abrasion resistance of materials, ensuring they can withstand even the most challenging conditions.

  2. Salt Spray Corrosion Chamber: Our advanced salt spray testing simulates corrosive environments, verifying the long-term corrosion resistance of your products.

  3. Adhesion Testing: We meticulously evaluate the bond strength of coatings to ensure exceptional durability and longevity.

  4. ISO 9001:2015 QMS process control and available C of C.

 

Each test is conducted with meticulous attention to detail, reflecting our commitment to delivering unparalleled quality. Trust us to be the guardians of excellence for your products.

Fork Resto

Fork Tube Restoration and Recolour

Colour, Durability, and Aesthetics: DNA's Premier Bike Suspension Coating and Restoration

At DNA, we specialise in transforming and revitalizing bike suspensions, combining aesthetics with unparalleled durability. Our comprehensive coating and restoration services are meticulously designed to breathe new life into your bike's suspension system.

Refacing and Polishing: 

If a resurface is required, we begin by expertly refacing suspension outer tubes to remove as many signs of corrosion and damage.

We then move to the polishing process, to which anodising only work begins, to restore the original luster before further treatment.

Advanced Anodising:

Our anodising service is a game-changer.

We meticulously reapply anodising internally, not just to enhance the appearance but to repair wear in the old anodic layer.

This crucial step significantly increases the life of the tubes, ensuring quality long-term performance and reliability.

PVD Coating:

To complement the outer tubes, we offer state-of-the-art Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) coating services.

Available in sleek black (dark purple) and luxurious gold, this coating is applied over existing chrome on fork inner shafts.

It's not just about looks; this coating provides an extra layer of protection and performance, ensuring your suspension withstands the punishment.

 

At DNA, we don't just restore; we transform.

Our services ensure your bike suspension is not only visually striking but also equipped to deliver optimal performance for years to come.

Preparation

Pre Coating Preparation

The key to a quality coating is the preparation of the items before coating.

We provide a selected level of preparation for small parts with polishing, bead blasting and brush finishing.

We can also provide guidance for you to get the best surface finish prior to delivery for coating. Contact our team for guidance and further technical information, and browse our technical page for a preparation information sheet.

Compliance Plate, Labels and Engraving

Plates & Laser

With over a decade of experience in the industry, we provide high-quality screen printed labels, compliance plates, laser etching, and traffolite labels to over 20 different industries including defence, aviation and automotive. 

Trust us to provide the best quality labels for your needs.

Wide Selection

Wide Selection

High Quality Tested Laser Engraving

High Quality Tested Laser Engraving

Screen Printed over Black Anodising

Screen Printed over Black Anodising

For a superior finish and longer life of the plate

Trusted by the best

Trusted by the best

Traffolite Plastic Labels

Traffolite Plastic Labels

Vinyl Stickers

Vinyl Stickers

Screen Printed over Clear Anodising

Screen Printed over Clear Anodising

Laser Etched Stainless Steel

Laser Etched Stainless Steel

Down to 0.6mm Sheet

Down to 0.6mm Sheet

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