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What is Kesternich Testing?

15 February 2024

Kesternich testing, also known as Kesternich corrosion testing, is a method used to evaluate the corrosion resistance of metallic materials, including plated surfaces. The test is named after the German engineer Wilhelm Kesternich who developed the method. The Kesternich test is specifically designed to simulate the corrosive effects of acidic atmospheric environments on metals. This…

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Key Factors in Zinc Nickel Plating Services

20 December 2023

When customers are seeking zinc-nickel plating services, they typically look for several key factors to ensure that their specific requirements and quality standards are met. Here are some common considerations: 1. Corrosion Resistance: Zinc-nickel plating is often chosen for its superior corrosion resistance compared to other types of coatings. Customers prioritize service providers that can…

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What is a Micron and Why They Are Misleading in Plating

11 October 2023

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?

27 July 2023

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?

12 July 2023

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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Ford specs for zinc nickel plating

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

30 May 2023

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?

10 May 2023

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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DeKalb Metal IATF 16949 Certified

Why Is IATF 16949 Certification Better than Other Quality Certifications?

20 April 2023

At DeKalb Metal Finishing, we are proud to have been a metal finishing company for over 70 years and we take our role as specialists in the automotive parts plating sector very seriously. Throughout our company’s existence, we have placed a high priority on quality, quality management, and customer satisfaction. This is a key reason…

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Zinc Nickel Plating

Passivates versus Chromates and the Effect on the Environment – A Finishing and Protection Process Discussion

10 March 2023

At DeKalb Metal Finishing we strive to be as environmentally friendly as possible in what we do. Because we work with Zinc Nickel Alloy, Zinc Iron Alloy and Pure Zinc for metal finishing, we talk a lot about finishing specifications and finishing protection. Related to the environmentally friendly side of things, when we talk about…

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ZINC NICKEL PLATING

An Overview of Metal Finishing Methods for Metal Plating

01 July 2022

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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