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    Default OT: Source for "Orange" Anodize in Northeast

    Why is it soooo difficult to find an "Orange" anodizer?


    Places advertise many colors for anodize. Call them up, SORRY, we don't do orange.


    I had a VERY good vendor in Ct. that did a really good job anodizing my parts.

    Expensive min. lot charge and pricing by comparison to other vendors (even on clear and black) but had three consecutive issues with shipping and parts coming back damaged that they would take no responsibility for despite their less than poor packing of the products.

    Now I've been with a vendor out in western Mass who's lead time is on average, two weeks. Their work is acceptable, but not the greatest.

    I just wrote and asked about a job I shipped out to them on 6-25-15 and they responded that it was shipping on 7-13-15. If I wanted it quicker, I could always pay a premium to have it sooner.


    Seriously.......two weeks???


    Our regular anodizer is 3-5 days lead time, they pick up on Monday's, Wednesday's, and Friday's (free pick up and delivery) and their work is good.


    Wish they did "Orange"!


    Looking for recommendations gentlemen..........would prefer one day UPS shipping from central Mass. as most times I cannot wait four days or more just for shipping back and forth.

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    If you think 2 weeks is a terrible turnaround for an outside vendor process then maybe you should look at what's causing you to consistently demand same-week return.

    The occasional "oh shit" requirement for a fast turnaround is legit... happens to the best of us. Consistently requiring your parts back same-week means your own scheduling is at fault. You either need to get the parts there sooner to allow for OSV time, or you need to start doing anodizing yourself.

    IME, the only companies that can get same-week turnaround at a vendor are the people who pay high enough prices to get them to jump, or are people who consist of a great % of their business, that they want to take extra-good care of.

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    We use Color Coat Plating here in the metro Detroit area. Don't give them a lot of work and we usually get our parts back in 3-4 days or so. We do the pickup and delivery.

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    We will do any shade of orange you want, And we can always beat 2 week delivery. We also never have an "expedite fee" call Tim 614 374 8342

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    Give JMD a call. They are near me, and do very nice anodizing work. I had them do hardcoat for me a while back, and it was beautiful. (And I can help you get stuff from there in an emergency.)

    JMD Industries ? Zinc Plating | Chromate on Aluminum | Anodizing

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    after a local anodizer ruined about 500 parts for me, the customer insisted that his work go to Coating Systems Inc in Lowell Ma. although my work was black, i have been in their plant and seen racks of colored anodized parts that looked very good. orange, i dunno but worth a call, the work they did for me was really nice. and quick and reasonable.

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    I have used Aotco in Billerica for years. They usually turn parts around very quickly and results have always been great. 99% of my anodize work is black, so I can't comment on their ability to do orange.

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    I don't know how many parts you're doing per batch but the local anodizing shop I use has basically same day service. Drop them off in the morning and they are ready for pick up in the afternoon.

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    Thanks for the leads gentlemen, I will certainly check out the local sources first.

    Appreciate the helpful responses.

    Best Regards,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spencer in NH View Post
    Give JMD a call. They are near me, and do very nice anodizing work. I had them do hardcoat for me a while back, and it was beautiful. (And I can help you get stuff from there in an emergency.)

    JMD Industries ? Zinc Plating | Chromate on Aluminum | Anodizing

    According to their website.......everything but Orange.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mtndew View Post
    We use Color Coat Plating here in the metro Detroit area. Don't give them a lot of work and we usually get our parts back in 3-4 days or so. We do the pickup and delivery.
    According to their website.......everything but Orange.

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    Quote Originally Posted by metlcutr55 View Post
    after a local anodizer ruined about 500 parts for me, the customer insisted that his work go to Coating Systems Inc in Lowell Ma. although my work was black, i have been in their plant and seen racks of colored anodized parts that looked very good. orange, i dunno but worth a call, the work they did for me was really nice. and quick and reasonable.

    These guys may have promise. Their spec sheet does not list orange, but there appears to an orange anodized part pictured. Will give them a call, thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JNieman View Post
    If you think 2 weeks is a terrible turnaround for an outside vendor process then maybe you should look at what's causing you to consistently demand same-week return.

    The occasional "oh shit" requirement for a fast turnaround is legit... happens to the best of us. Consistently requiring your parts back same-week means your own scheduling is at fault. You either need to get the parts there sooner to allow for OSV time, or you need to start doing anodizing yourself.

    IME, the only companies that can get same-week turnaround at a vendor are the people who pay high enough prices to get them to jump, or are people who consist of a great % of their business, that they want to take extra-good care of.

    Huh? Most anodizers/platers 'round these here parts are same week(or usually much less) turnaround. That's the norm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by david n View Post
    Huh? Most anodizers/platers 'round these here parts are same week(or usually much less) turnaround. That's the norm.
    Yea, no kidding - after reading these replies, I'm thinking we're looking at different realms or something. The anodizers we use can get stuff back in a week, and if we pay extra, they'll turn it around in a couple days. But for the ones that do good work and can certify it to particular processes, they takes weeks, plural, usually. So I think I was in the wrong context initially.

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    Not local for you but IMP in PA is very good. Anodizing Aluminum | IMP

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    Quote Originally Posted by david n View Post
    Huh? Most anodizers/platers 'round these here parts are same week(or usually much less) turnaround. That's the norm.
    Same here Dave. It's just this one process (orange) that is such a pain in the ass to find a good source locally.

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    I honestly appreciate the responses guys, but listen,................ I have three excellent sources for all my plating needs, and I would not stray from them for a second.

    Valley Plating, West Springfield, MA

    CIL, Lawrence, MA

    Westfield Electroplating, Westfield, MA



    The problem is ORANGE ANODIZE.

    None of them do it.

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    We use Plainville Plating in CT. Faster, cheaper, and more consistent than the last place we were using.

    I think we've had some stuff done in orange from them, though we do enough volume with them that I think we have a custom color and a special tank.

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    Russ,

    I swear by Light Metals Coloring, in Southington, Conn. Call, and ask for Mark Thomas. Explain the color issue, AND the handling issue. You will not be disappointed. For years they did the Semiconductor ESC'S seen on my web site. they know their business. I should add, we built specialty shipping containers for those parts, as UPS had their way with a few parts.

    Best of luck,
    Chris

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fulcircleny View Post
    Russ,

    I swear by Light Metals Coloring, in Southington, Conn. Call, and ask for Mark Thomas. Explain the color issue, AND the handling issue. You will not be disappointed. For years they did the Semiconductor ESC'S seen on my web site. they know their business. I should add, we built specialty shipping containers for those parts, as UPS had their way with a few parts.

    Best of luck,
    Chris
    Checked out their website. Will give them a call on Monday. Thank you!


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