REACH is the key chemical control regulation in the European Union. The acronym REACH stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals manufactured in or imported into the European Union.


End-of Life Vehicles (ELV) is a European initiated program promoting the re-use or recycling of automotive parts, ultimately reducing the impact to landfills.


Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment, or WEEE, was also developed by the European Union. Directed as a recycling endeavor this has a global impact for businesses that choose to do business in Europe or affiliated countries.

Salt Fog Testing

Also called Salt Spray Testing, is described in ASTM B117. The test provides a controlled corrosive environment which is used to generate resistance information for metals and coated metals exposed in the test chamber.


A trade name for a bath concentrate used in the make-up of chromate conversion solution.


A trade name for a bath concentrate used in the make-up of chromate conversion solution.


The most popular of the specifications for Chemical Conversion Coatings for aluminum. There are two “Types” and two “Classes” that can be designated. Type I has hexavalent chrome in it and Type II has trivalent chrome. The Class 1A is designed for maximum corrosion protection while the Class 3 is called out in applications where low electrical resistance is the primary function and/or RoHS compliance is required.


Nadcap is the National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program. Nadcap is a global cooperative accreditation program for aerospace engineering, defense, and related industries. This quality initiative is designed to provide superior performance and standardization across all platforms.

Trivalent Chem Film

Meets MIL-DTL-5541, Type II. This conductive conversion coating IS RoHS, ELV, and WEEE compliant. The trivalent system is gaining in popularity.

Hexavalent Chem Film

Meets MIL-DTL-5541, Type I. This conductive conversion coating contains hexavalent chrome which is being phased out due to environmental and health reasons. This is a NON-compliant RoHS coating.