Finishing Services and Capabilities
Finishing services and capabilities. IMH pairs innovative technology with tested processes to oversee our partners’ custom manufacturing orders throughout all stages of production—including the finishing touches.
From optimizing machinability to increasing a part’s aesthetic appeal, finishing services can differentiate a high-performing metal component from one that just doesn’t cut it. That’s why IMH leverages our capabilities and relationships to provide anodizing, e-coating, galvanizing, heat treating, military coating, powder coating, and silk screening services for a diverse range of materials and applications.
As a one-stop shop for custom metal components, IMH consistently expands its operations to increase efficiency and cut costs for our clients. Need a metal finishing partner that can meet your specifications and quickly deliver results? Start a conversation with IMH today.
Metal Finishing Services
From concept to completion, IMH coordinates the entire fabrication process, facilitating machining operations and vendor relationships for our partners. Explore the available types of metal finishes below.
Anodizing helps metals like aluminum, magnesium, and titanium resist wear and corrosion and improves surface thickness and overall appearance. This popular finishing technique is often used to prepare metals for the application of dyes, tints, primers, paints, and glues. Common anodizing requests include Type II and Type III anodizing.
Electrocoating, electrophoretic deposition, paint deposition—e-coating goes by many names, but all of them refer to the same process of dipping metal components in immersion baths consisting of paint particles. Electrical charges are then applied to the fluid, drawing the paint to the metal part (or vice versa). This finishing method offers a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to produce durable and long-lasting parts.
Galvanization is an age-old finishing process that fights rusting and preserves a metal’s integrity over time. To galvanize iron or steel, a zinc coating is applied to the metal. The zinc then serves as a protective layer, preventing harmful substances from damaging the metal beneath it.
Heat treating can refer to a variety of finishing techniques, including annealing, case hardening, normalizing, and tempering, among others. These processes manipulate a metal part’s properties to alter its characteristics, priming it for optimal machinability. Heat treating can be used to change the ductility, hardness, and strength of stainless steel, carbon steel, titanium, and other alloys.
Coatings for military applications call for complete precision and unparalleled quality. IMH can coordinate the application of various anodizing and plating techniques, delivering heat- and corrosion-resistant parts that perform in the most challenging conditions and comply with military standards and specifications.
The powder coating process consists of three parts: pretreatment, powder application, and curing. Metals are cleaned before the electrostatic application of powder, after which the powder undergoes a period of high-temperature curing. When properly executed, powder coating creates a beautiful and long-lasting finish that stands up to corrosion, chemicals, and natural wear and tear.
The popularity of silk screening isn’t limited to the clothing industry. Silk screening is also a versatile finishing technique that allows manufacturers to apply custom designs to metal components
Setting the Standard for Modern Manufacturing Partnerships
IMH is a go-to contract manufacturer for subassemblies with stamped, machined, and fabricated components. With three strategic locations and a combined 285,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehouse space, we have the capacity and technology required to fill requests from the agriculture, defense, food service, healthcare, lighting, material handling, and transportation industries.