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 […]
If you depend on metal plating as part of your manufacturing processes, you probably know that plating one metal onto another is a relatively easy process. However, if you need to add a metal coating to a plastic material, the procedure becomes more challenging. Plating onto plastic typically requires a series of additional preparation steps […]
Environmental Electroplating & How It Applies to Plating on Plastics Being friendlier to the environment is a significant concern in many manufacturing operations these days for legal as well as health and safety reasons. Consequently, metal finishing companies have needed to find ways to alter their processes to ensure compliance with increasingly stringent environmental regulations […]
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 […]
In some situations, it may be necessary to increase the thickness of the surface of a workpiece. A thicker coating can improve the durability of the substrate and make it more difficult for potentially destructive forces — such as corrosion or exposure to harsh chemicals — to impact product quality. Increased coating thickness can also […]
Platinum is one of the most sought-after precious metals in the world, as much for its aesthetic appeal as for its durability, which makes it ideal for a number of industrial applications.
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 […]
Choosing the right electroplating method is essential for achieving optimal results and minimizing the risk of damage to the finished product. Two of the most commonly applied processes for plating multiple workpieces are barrel and rack plating. Each offers several advantages, as well as points the plater and customer must consider when determining the most appropriate method for their project.
We hear a lot about the need for companies in all industries to become more socially responsible — but what does this really mean? A simple definition of social responsibility is striving to find a balance between increasing revenues and maximizing profits, and engaging in activities that benefit the local community and society in general.
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 […]