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Hard Gold Plating vs. ENIG

When working on an application that requires gold plating services, there are two design options available: hard gold plating and ENIG plating. The hard plating process features a refined grain surface and harder deposits that emerge from the gold itself being alloyed with a different element — like iron, nickel or cobalt. ENIG plating, or […]

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Gold Plating Thickness Standards for Connectors

It may seem difficult to determine the right thickness for gold plating connectors and contacts. Connectors must perform reliably even under harsh conditions, and they can only do so when the plating is properly designed with the right amount of thickness. As an added factor, gold can be an expensive material to procure, meaning it’s […]

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Developments That Have Impacted Plating on Plastics and Ceramics

Electroplating technology continues to evolve. A process that originally entailed the application of a metal coating onto another metal substrate now also encompasses non-metallic materials such as various plastics and ceramics. Metal finishing companies are finding new ways to improve the techniques for plating these surfaces and making them more accessible and affordable to manufacturers. […]

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History of Electroplating

Electroplating is used in a wide variety of modern industrial and commercial applications, using the power of electricity to deposit metal on the surface of various types of objects. The object acts as the cathode, while the material to be coated serves as an anode, which is oxidized by the charge and reduced and deposited […]

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Electroless (Autocatalytic) Vs Electrolytic Plating

When choosing your form of plating, you need to know the differences in electroplating vs. electroless plating. Some projects will benefit more from electroless plating, also known as autocatalytic, than from electrolytic. Before you make a major decision on how your parts get finished, learn more about the coating options you have for a metal […]

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Zinc vs Zinc Alloys

  Zinc is a hard, brittle metal that is found in abundance in many parts of the world. Zinc electroplating offers an inexpensive alternative to precious metals such as gold, silver and platinum. Its relatively low cost makes the zinc plating process the top choice for companies looking for affordable corrosion protection. The zinc acts […]

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Industrial Uses of Tin Plating

  Tinning or otherwise regularly referred to as “Tin Plating“, is an ancient art form. This synthesis will cover contemporary and future uses of tin plating, strengths and weaknesses of the coating, best in practice tin processing and how to choose the right tin coating. What Industries Make Use of the Electroplating of Tin? The […]

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Key Benefits of Silver Electroplating

What makes silver arguably the noblest precious metal plated? Silver electroplating has been around for eons. Its uses date back to the beginning of coinage and metal smithing. In modern times, silver was first collected as a status symbol of wealth and more importantly functional industrial use. Silver has the most applications as compared to […]

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Key Benefits of Copper Electroplating

You probably already know that copper is frequently used in electrical wiring because it is an excellent conductor of electricity. This also makes copper electroplating an excellent choice on metal surfaces where a high level of conductivity is required. Although copper has a somewhat dull reddish-brown color, the finish can be brightened with the use […]

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Common Applications of Nickel Electroplating

Nickel electroplating serves a variety of practical and aesthetic purposes. From a practical standpoint, nickel plating can help protect against corrosion and improve wear resistance, as well as increase the thickness of a surface. Nickel can enhance the appearance of an object by adding brightness. Nickel plating is often used to create a base layer […]

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