Whether you’re looking under the hood, inspecting the fuel system or tearing apart the chassis of a modern automobile, you’re likely to find many parts and components that are plated with zinc. In fact, zinc plays a key factor in today’s extended corrosion warranties offered by many leading automotive manufacturers; zinc-coated parts are now able […]
There’s a saying in the industrial metal plating industry that goes something like this: “When in doubt, use gold.” Gold plating has traditionally been used to produce a glittering finish on fine jewelry, and the electronics industry uses it because of its excellent conductivity and low contact resistance. But while gold’s relatively-high cost and scarcity […]
Vibratory finishing is the final step in the plating process, and it includes grinding down unwanted burrs, smoothing sharp edges and providing a polished finish. The shape, material and size of vibratory media vary depending on the parts’ material, shape and strength.
Deburring describes the breaking of unwanted sharp edges, or burrs, which develop during the plating process. Deburring is also sometimes necessary to tidy and smooth components before they enter the plating baths. Hand filing was once the only means of deburring plated materials, and it is still used in some circumstances today. Hand filing, however, […]
Plating automation is a hot topic in the finishing industry. Many American companies, including Sharretts Plating, are moving towards automated facilities. In fact, Sharretts Plating is mostly automated at this point and thrives to eventually eliminate all manual processes in the future. The move has a significant impact on the industry as a whole, affecting […]
Brandon University has a problem. The Canadian university’s science and engineering department, like many across North America, provides hands-on demonstrations to visiting school kids in the hopes of interesting them in science careers. One of the most popular demonstrations is electroplating, in which students watch pennies seemingly turn into silver and gold. The problem is […]
Just last week, SPC attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for Atotech’s augmented research and development and proto-typing expansion onto their existing manufacturing location in Burlington, Ontario. The presentation given was excellent and demonstrated their commitment to a future plan of new research and development to offer new products that meet the challenges of tomorrow with […]