What is a Micron and Why They Are Misleading in Plating

Micron Thickness Tests

Before we talk about plating distribution, let’s first understand what a micron is. A micron is a unit of length equal to one millionth of a meter; a micrometer.  In the plating world, this results in a very thin layer of plating.  Most plating specs call for 5 microns, 8 microns, or 12 microns as the minimum plating…

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Why is Zinc Nickel Electroplating Used on Parts for Rubber to Metal Bonding?

Zinc-nickel electroplating is commonly used on parts for rubber to metal bonding due to its excellent corrosion resistance and compatibility with rubber adhesion. Here are a few reasons why zinc-nickel electroplating is favored in such applications: Corrosion Resistance: Zinc-nickel alloy coatings offer superior corrosion resistance compared to other plating options like pure zinc or cadmium.…

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What Makes Zinc Nickel Electroplating Different?

Zinc nickel electroplating is a specialized electroplating process that involves depositing a coating of zinc-nickel alloy onto a metal surface. The primary difference between zinc-nickel electroplating and traditional zinc electroplating is the composition of the coating. Here are some key characteristics that differentiate zinc-nickel electroplating: Alloy composition: Zinc-nickel electroplating involves the deposition of an alloy…

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Zinc-Nickel Plating Specification Highlight: FORD – WSS-M1P87

Ford specs for zinc nickel plating

At DeKalb Metal Finishing, we care about closely following and meeting the specifications set forth by the automotive industry. This is a primary reason why we have become specialists in understanding the OEM specifications created for plating automotive parts. The most common questions we get as zinc nickel electroplating experts are regarding Zinc-Nickel (Zn-Ni) plating…

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Why Is the NAVISTAR – MPAPS G22 Specification Important to Automotive Part Manufacturers and Zinc Nickel Plating?

navistar diesel engine

The NAVISTAR-MPAPS G22 specification outlines the requirements for the materials and manufacturing processes used in the production of engine components for Navistar diesel engines. Automotive part manufacturers who produce engine components for Navistar diesel engines need to be familiar with this specification to ensure that their products meet Navistar’s quality standards and are compatible with…

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An Overview of Metal Finishing Methods for Metal Plating


The numerous benefits of plating metal parts for the automotive industry and other industries inevitably leads to many methods of performing metal plating.  Professionals adopt different metal plating methods based on their metal products and needs. Some of these methods include: Electroplating  Electroplating is a process used when the metal used for plating is placed…

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