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What Is the Best Precious Metal?

The metal coating you choose for a component or product greatly affects its properties and performance. Electroplating using precious metals typically leads to superior results. The best precious metal for electroplating your product or component will depend on certain factors, including industry, intended application and budget. What Are Precious Metals? Precious metals are rare but […]

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The Most Conductive Metals

Conductivity plays a vital role in many industries, including electronics, aerospace and telecommunications. However, there are actually multiple kinds of conductivity. Thermal conductivity refers to a material’s ability to transmit heat, while electrical conductivity refers to a material’s ability to allow an electrical current to pass through without resistance. In general, materials that exhibit high […]

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What Is Porosity in Electroplating?

In many applications, the electroplated surface of a product needs to be smooth and consistent to ensure proper functionality. In the telecommunications industry, especially, imperfections on the surface of a connector can lead to electrical resistance and poor performance. Modern electroplating methods allow for the production of high-quality finished parts. However, a range of variables […]

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Tungsten vs. Molybdenum

Tungsten vs. Molybdenum as Base Materials for Plating   As refractory metals, both tungsten and molybdenum are prized for the characteristics inherent to this category, such as corrosion resistance, excellent conductivity and an extremely high melting point. Nevertheless, these heavy metals do have some distinct differences that affect their suitability for various applications. When to […]

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Advantages of Sulfamate Nickel Plating

Nickel is one of the most common materials used in electroplating applications. This lustrous, silvery-white metal is hard and ductile and offers excellent protection from corrosion. While nickel can work well as a standalone finish for many plating projects, it often serves as an undercoat for gold and other precious metals. Metal finishing companies typically […]

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Thickness of Gold Plating Connectors

For decades, manufacturers of electronics products have used gold plating to protect the connectors that are essential for joining electrical circuits together. Gold is the preferred material because of its good electrical conductivity, ability to resist corrosion and wear and excellent heat-shielding properties. Determining the appropriate gold plating thickness is a vital decision to maximize […]

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Key Benefits of Industrial Gold Plating

Gold is a precious metal that many people equate with high monetary value and aesthetic appeal. In addition, gold has many properties that can protect industrial products and prolong their lifespans. Although gold plating can be more expensive than some other metal finishing techniques, it often delivers the best long-term return on investment. Exploring the […]

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Different Ways to Plate Micro Parts

The term “micro parts” refers to components that are the size of a dime or even smaller. You can typically find them in products such as medical, telecommunications and electronic devices. Examples of these tiny parts include electrical capacitors, chip connectors, pins, eyelet funnels, interconnect sockets and resistors, to name just a few. As technology […]

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Hard Gold Plating vs. Soft Gold Plating

Gold has always held a sparkly reputation in jewelry and decorative accents, but many are unaware of its uses in the world of electroplating. Along with its excellent electrical conductivity, gold offers many benefits, from corrosion resistance to biocompatibility. However, not allĀ gold platingĀ is the same, which is mainly due to the solution or plating bath […]

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Advantages of Gold Plating Over PVD Coating

Several methods are available for applying a coating of gold onto an industrial product. The electroplating process has been the preferred choice of metal finishing companies and manufacturers for years, although a newer technique known as PVD coating is rapidly gaining traction in many manufacturing circles. We’ll explore the differences between the two to help […]

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