Plating

Design for endurance and wear able to withstand harsh conditions to protect and strengthen machine parts. Provides excellent corrosion resistance to the component underneath.
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The plating process is a manufacturing process in which a thin layer of metal coats a substrate.

What is Plating used for?

Forms a protective barrier
Enhances appearance
Reduces friction
Conducts electricity
Prevents formation of whiskers
Is magnetic
Increases hardness
Absorbs light and energy
Promotes adhesion
Prevents tarnishing

What metals can be plated?

Industrial plating is designed for endurance and wear able to withstand harsh conditions to protect and strengthen machine parts. Most base metals can be plated. Typical metals would include all types of steels, copper alloys and nickel-iron alloys.
Plating in details

Practical uses of metal plating

Overview

Metal plating can give component a fresh look and make them stronger, which extends their lifespans. There are several options when choosing which type of metal plating to go with to create the look and performance. There are 5 common types of plating process on machined parts, Nickel, Chrome, Zinc, Copper and Tin plating.

Nickel

Nickel plating is popular for household items and gives them a sleek, modern look. Nickel is commonly used on aluminum, stainless steel, and copper items, though it can bond to other metals as well. The process for plating items with nickel is electroless, which makes it a simpler, more environmentally-friendly choice. Nickel is great for table and chair legs. A high phosphorous nickel alloy can increase the strength and rust resistance of the items it’s applied to. It is a great alternative to silver.

Chrome

Chrome plating gives metal a bright silver-toned finish that stands out. It’s also a good choice for industrial projects because it reduces the risk of rust and increases the item’s resistance to friction. Chrome plating is usually applied through an electroplating process.

Zinc

Zinc is available in abundance, which keeps costs lower than some other plating types. Zinc plating gives metal a bluish gray appearance and is common on small metal parts that might be exposed to moisture. Screws, bolts, and other small parts coated in zinc are less likely to rust than many other finishes.

Copper

Copper plating is an expensive option that gives metal a bronze-colored hue, though it can also be blackened for an antique or vintage appearance. While copper plating can stand on its own, it’s also used as a pre-treatment for other metal plating types, such as nickel and chrome, because it makes it easier for subsequent coatings to stick to the metal. Copper is a great metal for metal frames, car parts and screws.

Tin

Tin plating gives metals a silver appearance that has more of a grayish undertone than most silver and nickel finishes. Items coated in tin can have a matte or bright finish. This plating type is an excellent choice for outdoor furniture, metal fencing, and food preparation and serving items due to its excellent rust resistance. Tin is a very common metal, which lowers production costs.

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Anodizing

Protects against corrosion, enhances aesthetic qualities, resists scratching and is one of the most durable surface finishes available.
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Hardening

Defines the quality of a product in terms of microstructure, mechanical properties, residual stress, and dimensional accuracy.
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Laser Marking

Applying labels with logo, bar codes, date codes, QR codes or serial numbers on machined parts surface.
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Cleaning & Polishing

Performs component cleaning and polishing services to ensure the appropriate final finish is achieved.