August 12, 2021 Imagineering Finishing Technologies Finds Unique Ways to Coat the Sometimes Impossible

Imagineering Finishing Technologies Finds Unique Ways to Coat the Sometimes Impossible

Published August 12, 2021

by Tim Pennington, Editor -in-Chief,


When David Huber got the idea in 1959 to start a finishing company that could help solve everyday engineering problems related to wear and corrosion of metallic substrates, he didn’t have to think long about what to call it.

Huber had based his college metallurgy thesis at Notre Dame on the concept of imaginative engineering, which is finding unique ways to do what seems impossible to do and doing it in a manner that increased value to the customer.

So, Huber — who helped to develop one of the first dry-film lubricant coatings — called his South Bend, Indiana, company Imagineering to initially serve the aerospace and automotive industries.

Heavily Involved in Space Flight

 Hammer“Many of Imagineering’s customers are involved in space flight operations,” says Jim Hammer, owner, and CEO of the company, who joined the firm in 1982 and succeeded ownership from his father-in-law David Huber in 1996.

Among the many clients that Imagineering consults and provides metal finishing processes include aerospace giants Boeing, Lockheed, Blue Origin and Space X. In 2018, they were recognized by NASA as an appreciated supplier for its support on the Space Launch System (SLS). Imagineering provides non-destructive testing, paint and Chemfilm on rocket components such as the Orion spacecraft which will deliver Astronauts deep into space for continued exploration of the moon and eventually travel to Mars.

In fact, Imagineering modified its Indianapolis facility to accommodate large chemical treatment tanks so that it could process rocket parts of 18 feet or wide in diameter.

“It is incredibly satisfying to watch a live launch of a spacecraft knowing that Imagineering processed some of the components being carried into space,” Hammer says.

Read more, including:

·        Serving a More Critical End-Use Customer Base

·        Serving a More Critical End-Use Customer Base

·        Two Plants in South Bend and One in Indianapolis

·        Pride in Working Closely with Customers

·        Constant Planning and Collaboration

July 6, 2021 Imagineering Publishes Capabilities Guide

SOUTH BEND, Indiana, USA, July 6, 2021 – Imagineering Finishing Technologies (IFT) has published a new guide which includes its recent aluminum anodizing services. The guide summarizes the company’s following capabilities:

Mechanical and chemical cleaning services are offered, in addition to expertise in coating weight, salt spray and humidity testing.

The capability guide also provides a partial listing of MIL-specs Imagineering consistently meets or exceeds. Furthermore, the company maintains the highest standards and qualifications in the industry, including ISO 9001 (International), ISO 14001 (Environmental), as well as being ITAR registered and NADCAP Merit Status accredited for Chem Processing and NDT (PT/MT).

Andrew McDonald, IFT’s Vice President, Business Intelligence and Continuous Improvement, said, “The new guide highlights our ever-expanding service offerings that is backed by our well-established track record of delivering plated part consistency and fast turnaround expertise.”

To download the guide, please click here.

About Imagineering Finishing Technologies

Imagineering Finishing Technologies (IFT) is the industry KnowledgeSource™ for metal finishing solutions. Through our commitment to the principles of Total Quality Management, IFT provides high-performance surface finishing solutions for a robust range of markets that address the most exacting application requirements. Our focus on quality, accountability, applications expertise and integrity is trusted and relied upon by leading manufacturers and OEMs.

IFT facilities are certified to world-class quality and environmental standards, and we are one of the first metal finishing companies in the world to achieve TS-16949, ISO 9001, AS 9100 and Nadcap quality program accreditations, in addition to attaining the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System certification.