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Advantages of 3D Printing in Manufacturing and How Metal Finishing Comes Into Play

Sometimes referred to as additive manufacturing, 3D printing is revolutionizing the manufacturing industry by lowering costs, providing more complex design opportunities and reducing waste. Metal finishing, or plating, helps manufacturers receive even more value out of their 3D-printed parts and products by increasing their strength and helping them achieve low contact resistance. Since metal finishing […]

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What Is ABS Plastic?

Plastics play a prominent role in many manufacturing processes.¬†Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) is one of the most widely used plastics for industrial applications. Since its initial widespread use in the automotive industry in the 1960s, ABS plastic has become a preferred material for many products we use every day.   ABS Plastic: An Overview Acrylonitrile […]

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Jr. Process Chemist

Position Type: Full-Time Pay: $20-25/hour Location: Emigsville, PA   Official Job Description: At SPC, A Jr. Process Chemist performs a wide range of chemistry duties. Process chemistry combines several disciplines, including organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry, operating laboratory instrumentation, research design, technical-scientific communication, and interaction with customers when necessary. Jr. Process Chemists help develop new […]

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Jr. Mechatronics Technician

Position Type: Full-Time Pay: $20-25/hour Location: Emigsville, PA   Official Job Description: At SPC, A jr. mechatronics technician performs a wide range of mechatronics design and production duties. Mechatronics combines several disciplines, including mechanical and electrical fields, electronics, instrumentation, and computer design. Mechatronic technicians help develop new equipment, such as instrumentation or production systems for […]

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What Is the Best Precious Metal?

The metal coating you choose for a component or product greatly affects its properties and performance. Electroplating using precious metals typically leads to superior results. The best precious metal for electroplating your product or component will depend on certain factors, including industry, intended application and budget. What Are Precious Metals? Precious metals are rare but […]

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The Most Conductive Metals

Conductivity plays a vital role in many industries, including electronics, aerospace and telecommunications. However, there are actually multiple kinds of conductivity. Thermal conductivity refers to a material’s ability to transmit heat, while electrical conductivity refers to a material’s ability to allow an electrical current to pass through without resistance. In general, materials that exhibit high […]

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What Is Porosity in Electroplating?

In many applications, the electroplated surface of a product needs to be smooth and consistent to ensure proper functionality. In the telecommunications industry, especially, imperfections on the surface of a connector can lead to electrical resistance and poor performance. Modern electroplating methods allow for the production of high-quality finished parts. However, a range of variables […]

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Tungsten vs. Molybdenum

Tungsten vs. Molybdenum as Base Materials for Plating   As refractory metals, both tungsten and molybdenum are prized for the characteristics inherent to this category, such as corrosion resistance, excellent conductivity and an extremely high melting point. Nevertheless, these heavy metals do have some distinct differences that affect their suitability for various applications. When to […]

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Advantages of Sulfamate Nickel Plating

Nickel is one of the most common materials used in electroplating applications. This lustrous, silvery-white metal is hard and ductile and offers excellent protection from corrosion. While nickel can work well as a standalone finish for many plating projects, it often serves as an undercoat for gold and other precious metals. Metal finishing companies typically […]

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Thickness of Gold Plating Connectors

For decades, manufacturers of electronics products have used gold plating to protect the connectors that are essential for joining electrical circuits together. Gold is the preferred material because of its good electrical conductivity, ability to resist corrosion and wear and excellent heat-shielding properties. Determining the appropriate gold plating thickness is a vital decision to maximize […]

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