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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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Alternatives to Cadmium for Plating Connectors

Before the 1960s, cadmium, also referred to by its elemental abbreviation “Cd,” was the go-to material for numerous industries. The blossoming aerospace industry and rapidly expanding military industry both sought cadmium for use in several key mechanical applications, but things changed when expanding research discovered several drawbacks of the material, both to public health and […]

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How to Attain a Bright, Reflective Finish on Your Metal Parts

One of the biggest challenges that metal finishing companies face is meeting the requirements of manufacturers who demand a bright, reflective appearance for their parts and components. This is especially important in applications where a high level of aesthetic appeal is necessary to make the finished product more attractive to prospective buyers. Obviously, the choice […]

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Hydrogen Embrittlement & Electroplating

Hydrogen Embrittlement & Electroplating: What You Need to Know The electroplating process involves the use of an aqueous electrolyte solution (known as the plating “bath”) that consists of dissolved metal salts, ions and various chemicals. However, the primary bath component is something we all use every day: water. As most of us learned in elementary […]

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Plating: An Excellent Defense Against Corrosion

Anything made from iron or steel is a prime target for the destructive forces of corrosion. Corrosion occurs due to a chemical reaction between moisture, the surrounding atmosphere and the atoms that comprise a metal substance. Corrosion is a serious problem that can lead to the premature degradation of bridges, buildings, vehicles, appliances and just […]

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When to Choose Electroless Nickel Over Nickel Electroplating

Nickel is one of the most versatile metals used for plating applications. A nickel coating can be applied via the traditional electroplating process, which requires the use of an electric current. Another option is to employ an electroless process where deposition occurs via autocatalytic reaction. While both offer a number of important metal finishing benefits, […]

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How Metal Finishing Works

Take a quick look around you and you’ll likely find one or several objects that include some type of metal — starting with the computer on which you’re reading this post! Metal has played a key role in our lives for thousands of years, and it has been an important component in just about every […]

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Zinc Plating: An Important Part of Today’s Auto Manufacturing Processes

If you’ve purchased a new car recently, there’s a good chance it is equipped with a number of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). Auto manufacturers developed these revolutionary systems as a means of making autos easier to operate and more importantly, enhancing driver safety. In general, ADAS are a collection of technologies that help drivers […]

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How to Prepare a Substrate for Electroplating

While many manufacturers have the basic understanding that electroplating is used to provide a protective metal coating on a metal substrate, they may be less familiar with the various steps involved. An early step in the process is preparing the metal surface before plating. This typically involves cleaning the part as a means of enhancing […]

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