Plating Process

Solving the Porosity Problem With Vacuum Impregnation

Porosity is an ongoing problem in the manufacturing of metal castings. Porosity leads to leakage, which can make the casting virtually unusable. Porosity is a particularly pervasive threat in castings made of aluminum, zinc, bronze and various metal alloys, and a number of issues can lead to porosity in a casting. Internal shrinkage, the formation […]

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Answers to Your Gold Plating Questions

When you think of gold plating, you probably think of the application of a glittery coating often used to enhance the appearance of jewelry and other metallic items. However, gold plating can provide more than aesthetic appeal. The following answers to some frequently asked questions can provide additional insight regarding the true benefits of gold […]

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Electroplating Electronic Components – Surface Preparation

If your business involves the manufacturing of electronic products, you probably understand the value of electroplating in the production process. Electroplating can serve many different purposes. For instance, copper plating can increase the ability of semiconductors and circuits to conduct electricity, and gold plating is often used to provide low and stable contact resistance, make […]

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The Zinc Plating Process

UPDATE (4/16/2021): SPC is no longer taking on new business for zinc plating. Please refer to our coatings page to learn about the other coatings we offer.   Rust is the greatest enemy of just about any type of metal, and its corrosive effects can be devastating. According to NASA, the cost of corrosion-related losses to United […]

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What Do You Know About Plating on Plastics?

While plating is most commonly viewed as a finishing process for metals, it can be used with great success on non-conductive materials as well. In particular, plating on plastic resins can be extremely effective in a wide range of industrial applications. Applying a metal coating on plastic is a high-precision process that can be customized […]

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The Tin Plating Process: A Step-By-Step Guide

Tin has probably been a part of your life since the time you first saw the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz as a child. Of course, the use of tin extends well beyond the creation of a fictional movie character — it has many practical applications in our daily lives. We’re all familiar […]

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Copper Plating Troubleshooting Tips

Did you know that copper is used in industrial plating processes with greater frequency than any metal other than nickel? Copper is so popular as an electroplating option because it is relatively inexpensive and is always available in abundance. Because of its natural electrical conductivity, copper is usually the metal of choice in the manufacturing […]

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Corrosion Resistance of Zinc Plating

UPDATE (4/16/2021): SPC is no longer taking on new business for zinc plating. Please refer to our coatings page to learn about the other coatings we offer.   If you’re contemplating the best way to protect metal surfaces against the relentless forces of corrosion, a simple phrase to keep in mind is “think zinc.” When a zinc […]

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Steps For Successful Rhodium Plating

Plating with rhodium is often the preferred choice when improving the appearance of certain metallic objects is desired – particularly white gold jewelry pieces. Rhodium is a precious metal that can also offer excellent protection against the relentless forces of corrosion, which can increase the longevity of the plated object. As with any electroplating process, […]

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5 Unique Electroless Nickel Plating Processes

Electroless nickel plating can help you keep your industrial machinery running like new for a lot longer, even in harsh environments with acidic conditions, lots of wear-and-tear, or areas where you need to minimize friction because lubrication is difficult or too costly. The best part of electroless nickel plating is that it can be done […]

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