Revision A: Dated – April 13, 1989
First Edition was called Revision A in error.
Revision B: Dated – June 20, 2001
Para 7.1.6 – Changed to read: Final rinse is made with D.I. Water.
Revision C: Dated – August 15, 2001
Approval Signature and Date added to front page.
Revision D: Dated – October 28, 2008
Revision History paged added.
Para 6.1 – Changed to read: The component will be processed as instructed on the
customers P.O., customer supplied drawing, tags, e-mail, Celco Quote
form or other customer communication.
Para 6.3 – Changed to read: After Electropolishing and examination of the first
Article(s), the time, voltage and fluid temperature will be recorded to be
put on a Job History Sheet with other information.
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1.1 This procedure will define the various steps involved in electropolishing components
for use in high purity applications.
2.1 The material used in these components will be 300 series stainless alloy or of a
chromium/nickel alloy suitable for electropolishing.
2.2 The components will be in a prefinished state with the surface to be electropolished
having a surface roughness no more than twice the roughness of the desired finished
2.3 All components will be assumed to be cleaned and absent of all scale, oil or surface film
3.1 All components received will be inspected for damaged during shipment immediately
after receipt of shipment.
3.2 All surfaces will be checked for visual damage to critical surfaces. If any protective
cover is separated from the component, the customer will be notified immediately.
3.3 All quantities will be verified to the quantity shown on the packing list. If discrepancies
are found, the customer will be notified immediately.
4.0 STORAGE OF INCOMING COMPONENTS
4.1 All components will be stored in their shipping containers until preparation for
4.2 All components will be stored with a work order detailing the quantity, EP instructions
and customer purchase order.
5.0 RECEIVING INSPECTION
5.1 An inspection will be undertaken prior to electropolishing to verify the components
conform to the specifications and/or the instructions so noted on the customer P.O. or
5.2 If a specific surface roughness is specified by the specification and/or instructions the
surface may be checked with a profilometer as required to verify that the initial surface
is suitable for the instructed surface to be obtained.
6.1 The component will be processed as instructed on the customers P.O., customer
supplied drawing, tags, e-mail, Celco Quote form or other customer communication.
6.2 Electrolytes used in the process are evaluated bi-weekly for specific gravity and
temperature and are adjusted accordingly.
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6.3 After Electropolishing and examination of first article(s), the time, voltage and fluid
temperature will be recorded to be put on a Job History Sheet with other information.
7.1 Following the electropolishing of the component the following rinsing procedure is
7.1.1 Rinse components in the drag out rinse to reclaim EP fluid.
7.1.2 Clean water rinse.
7.1.3 Rinse in pigging bath.
7.1.4 Rinse in first stage water rinse.
7.1.5 Rinse in second stage water rinse. The components can be stored in this tank until
7.1.6 Final rinse is made with D.I. water.
8.1 The components are place in a clean air area to dry, dried with compressed air or dried
utilizing heated air or lint free cloths.
8.2 The components are 100% visually inspected for consistency and uniformity of
8.3 If required, the micro inch roughness is measured by a profilometer to assure the
8.4 All rejects are either rerun or recorded for separate packaging.
9.1 Normal packaging of components are placed in plastic bags and heat sealed to assure
9.2 Large components which are not placed in plastic bags are wrapped in appropriate
material to assure maximum cleanliness.
9.3 The components are counted for final packaging and placed in the original shipping
container or appropriate container for final shipment.
10.1 All shipments are shipped by most efficient means.
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