Metal Finishing

How Does Electroplating Contribute to Reducing Manufacturing Costs?

In today’s highly competitive business climate, just about every manufacturer is looking for ways to reduce operating costs. Factors such as increasingly stringent environmental regulations and cheaper overseas labor make it more challenging than ever for manufacturers to turn a profit. If you’re looking for cost-effective finishing methods for products you manufacture, electroplating deserves strong […]

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Important Metal Finishing Quality Assurance Steps

Perhaps the biggest reason Sharretts Plating Company has managed to remain one of the top metal finishing companies after more than 90 years in business is our unwavering focus on delivering high-quality results for every customer, regardless of project size or scope. Learn about what quality assurance steps we’re taking to ensure you have the best product possible,

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Why Metal Finishing Matters in the MedTech Industry

Medical device manufacturers face numerous challenges in their quest to develop the high-quality, top-performing, safe products their specialized client base demands. Metal finishing, the process of altering the surface of a workpiece to enhance its appearance, performance and/or durability, plays a prominent role in most medical device manufacturing operations.

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Platinum Vs. Palladium Plating in Medicine

The biomedical industry uses a range of metal instruments, and in recent years, the prevalence of implantable medical devices has increased dramatically. From joint replacements to pacemakers, implanted medical devices are changing the world of biomedical science. A key part of these implants’ functionality involves metallic plating. The biomedical field widely uses metal coating, and […]

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Exploring Safer Alternatives to Chrome Plating

Hard chrome plating has been a preferred metal finishing solution since the 1940s — over time it has grown into a $20 billion industry. Chrome’s combination of superior hardness (which easily exceeds that of steel), excellent corrosion protection, abrasion resistance and bright, gleaming finish make chrome plating a top choice for various applications in industries […]

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ENEPIG Plating for Printed Circuit Boards

Printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturing involves several technologies to bring about the desired results and functionalities. One of these technologies is the surface finish. The copper layer of a PCB oxidizes when it meets air, reducing the soldering ability of the copper. With a surface finish, however, the copper layer is protected from oxidation, maintaining […]

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How to Work With Your Metal Finishing Services Provider

Electroplating and electroless plating are crucial processes for ensuring a successful outcome in many manufacturing and fabricating operations. Plating provides the essential “finishing touch” that protects the workpiece against destructive forces such as corrosion, extreme temperatures and wear, while also enhancing its aesthetic appeal. Working closely with your plating services provider is key to attaining […]

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What Is Selective Plating? The Advantages of Brush Plating

Metal plating has been used for hundreds of years to provide objects and mechanical components with additional and desired properties of a specific metal. Depending on the preferred outcome, different types of metal or alloys including copper, aluminum, tin, gold, cadmium, rhodium, zinc, silver, nickel or chromium may be used in the plating process. The […]

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Palladium vs. Gold Plating: Which Option to Choose?

While both are lauded in the jewelry industry for their beautiful appearances, there’s more to palladium and gold than their looks — they are extremely useful metals for a variety of plating applications. Lustrous gold is as useful as it is glamorous, and it is one of the common metals of the electronics industry. Silvery-white […]

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How to Avoid Tarnishing

While metal finishing processes such as electroplating and electroless plating provide numerous benefits, the presence of post-plate tarnishing can diminish the value of the plating process over time. Tarnish is essentially a thin layer of corrosion that frequently develops on the surface of a part in the form of a dull blackish or grayish film. […]

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