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Special Processes Laboratory

The Special Processes Laboratory of the Space Science and Engineering Division supplies a variety of services to the Institute and other clients. These services are quick turn-around and completed in-house.

Tim Payne, Group Leader

Services provided by the laboratory include:

Metal Treatment

  • Chromate conversion on aluminum per
    MIL-C-5541E and ASTM B117
  • Chromate conversion on magnesium
  • Passivation of stainless steel per QQ-P-35C
  • Anodizing of aluminum per MIL-A-8624F
    • Colors: black, red, blue and grey
  • Black oxide of stainless steel
  • Ebonal-C

Plating

  • Gold electroplating per AMS 2422D on:

    • Copper

    • Brass

    • Magnesium

    • Aluminum

    • Stainless steel

    • Plastics

  • Nickel electroplating on:

    • Copper

    • Brass

    • Magnesium

    • Aluminum

    • Stainless Steel

    • Plastics

  • Electro-less gold on:

    • Copper

    • Brass

    • Magnesium

    • Aluminum

    • Stainless steel

    • Plastics

  • Electro-less nickel on:

    • Copper

    • Brass

    • Magnesium

    • Aluminum

    • Stainless Steel

    • Plastics

  • Electro-less copper
     
  • Copper electroplate
  • Electro-less tin
     
  • Tin-lead

Silkscreen Printing

  • Components
  • Equipment panels
  • Labels and signs
  • Magnetic and reflective signs

Chemical Machining and Etching

  • Stainless steel (up to .012)
  • Brass
  • Aluminum

Machining

  • Equipment panels
  • Gaskets
  • Plastics

Etched and Photo Printed Labels

  • Fotofoil (Soft anodized aluminum)
    • Colors: black, blue, red
  • Etch and backfill stainless steel
  • Wall and desk nameplates

Printed Circuit Boards

  • Double-sided plated thru holes
  • Multilayer (up to 6 layers)
  • Flexible circuit
  • Polyimide
  • Teflon
  • RT duroid
  • Rogers TMM3, TMM4 Ceramic
  • Photo-plotting

 

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May 09, 2014