Magnesium is a very common element, found in abundance in the Earth's crust. Magnesium is highly valued for use as a structural metal because it offers an extremely effective combination of light weight and superior strength. For industry applications, magnesium is often alloyed with aluminum and other materials for use in a wide variety of production processes.
Plating on Magnesium for Use in Various Manufacturing Processes
Magnesium alloys are commonly used in the automotive industry for the production of various automotive parts. Perhaps the most common use is in the manufacturing of "mag" wheels, as their lightweight structure and lustrous appearance make them a popular accessory for vehicle owners. Some auto manufacturers use magnesium alloys in the production process for engine blocks, cylinder walls and cooling jackets. When alloyed with zinc, magnesium can also be used in die-casting.
The Need for an Effective Magnesium Plating Process
Magnesium and magnesium alloys are highly susceptible to the impact of corrosion over time, which makes effective magnesium plating an essential component of the manufacturing process. Magnesium plating can also enhance the visual appearance of the substrate by making it even more lustrous.
Magnesium as a Substrate
Magnesium plating can prove to be a challenging process, as the use of magnesium as a substrate can pose a number of potential problems. Magnesium is a highly active metal, which can have a significant impact on the quality of the metal plating finish. In addition, magnesium tends to react with the metal ions in electrolytes, which can also produce unacceptable plating results. Proper pretreating and cleaning of the substrate is essential for attaining the highest quality level when electroplating magnesium.
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Choosing the Right Magnesium Plating Company Is Critical
When it comes to metal plating magnesium, very few companies have the knowledge and experience necessary to achieve the desired combination of high quality, cost-effectiveness and expertise of process implementation. Sharretts Plating Company is one of the few metal plating companies that can exceed your expectations in these three critical areas. Our magnesium plating company employs a team of scientists, engineers and production personnel that offers several hundred years of combined metal finishing experience. We've developed a superior magnesium plating process that can be customized to your unique business needs.
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What separates SPC from other metal finishing companies is our focus on providing a comprehensive customer experience. We're a full-service plating company committed to one goal: achieving total customer satisfaction. Our commitment to the customer is what has sustained us for well over 80 years!
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