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How Master Finish Implemented Automation to Improve Production and Boost Customer Satisfaction

As companies in the manufacturing industry face increasing challenges with production labor, it is becoming more critical to automate tedious tasks that are currently being done manually. 


Master Finish, led by the engineering expertise of its owners John and Aaron Mulder, has prioritized automation of its plating lines since 2008. Today, all three of Master Finish’s plating lines are fully automated and other automation processes are being implemented, both on and off the shop floor, to improve all-around operations. This focus has led to a more streamlined and effective production and reduced scrap, resulting in greater customer satisfaction. As the company grows, they are continually optimizing their operational processes and getting ahead of some of the issues other companies in the industry are facing. Want to read more about how Master Finish has implemented automation into their business? Read more here.

Enhancing Efficiency and Safety: The Advantages of a Central Chemical Feeder System in Electroplating

In the intricate world of electroplating, every detail matters. From the composition of the chemicals to the efficiency of the equipment, each element plays a crucial role in achieving high-quality finishes and ensuring operational safety. One often overlooked, yet...

65 Years of Excellence and Environmental Stewardship

As we commemorate the 65th anniversary of Master Finish Company, it’s a perfect opportunity to celebrate our rich heritage, our unwavering commitment to quality, and our deep-seated respect for the environment. Our journey, deeply interwoven with the fabric of Grand...

An Interview with John Mulder, Master Finish

BY SCOTT FRANCIS Editor-In-Chief, Gardner Business Media John Mulder, president of Master Finish of Grand Rapids, Mich., discusses his company’s experience with trivalent chromium and offers advice for those thinking of transitioning their current hexavalent chromium...

Decoding Chrome Plating: A Guide to Decorative vs. Industrial Chrome Plating

Understanding the Basics of Decorative Chrome Plating Before we dive into the specifics, let’s grasp the fundamentals. Chrome plating is a process that involves electroplating a thin layer of chromium onto a metal object. This not only enhances the appearance but also...

Understanding the Difference Between Electroless and Electrolytic Nickel Plating

When it comes to metal plating, nickel is one of the most commonly used materials due to its excellent corrosion resistance and versatile properties. However, there are different techniques for applying nickel plating, with two primary methods being electroless and...

Proven Process

Master Finish has been on a journey using EOS (Entrepreneur Operating System) to manage all the critical elements of our business.  We started on this Journey in 2016 and have found it instrumental to our success in so many ways.  It helps set a framework in...

Automation

Automation   Automation vs. Manual Processing for data and traceability. Machine data available from automated plating lines helps the team at Master Finish diagnose and correct plating issues on the fly to reduce scrap. The data on each motion in the plating...

Cyclemaster Remastered

Cyclemaster Remastered   Master Finish’s new plating line is now ready for business. Back before the pandemic swept the country and production plating demands were at an all time high Master Finish invested into a new state of the art automated rack plating line...

Hungry for More Innovation

Industry 4.0 makes manufacturers nimble during pandemic, hungry for more innovation BY JAYSON BUSSASunday, January 16, 2022 06:30pm John Mulder recently noticed that an inordinate amount of his staff’s time was being used to field calls from clients inquiring...

Master Finish Receives MacDermid Enthone DecoKlad License

This license makes the Michigan shop the first DecoKlad applicator in the Americas and the fourth to be certified globally in the program. Master Finish Co. has been awarded a license from MacDermid Enthone that makes it the first DecoKlad applicator in the Americas...