02 Aug Electroplating Companies Improve Metals for Service
Electroplating companies have been servicing and supporting other industries for almost a century. A large number of products that serve as components in kitchens, bathrooms, toys and those utilized in the automotive industry are developed using this chemical process. At DeKalb Metal Finishing we have spent over 70 years developing products that require a protective and/or conductive covering.
The Electroplating Process
The products we design utilize a finely tuned process. Since the 1800s, electrical current in the form of electrolytic cells has been used to plate a thin layer of material onto a conducive surface. This type of plating is done by using hydrolysis. An electric current is used to imprint a negative charge onto the intended metal object. The object is then submerged into a metal salt solution that contains the desired positively charged coating. The opposites in charge cause an attraction. As a result, the intended metal adheres to the submerged object.
Why the Need for Electroplating
There are a number of reasons why electroplating companies do what they do. Plating is used in order to give a desired object specific properties. For one thing, plating provides protection from environmental impact. An outer protective layer shields the desired object from wear and tear, corrosion, and general degrading. This process can also be used to provide reflective properties, increase hardness or offer strength.
We also use this process in order to change the outward appearance of an item. For economical purposes, we often utilize metal alloys to reduce overall costs.
At DeKalb Metal Finishing, we specialize in industry standard compliant and environmentally compliant alkaline coating processes. There are a number of metal and metal alloys that can be used in this type of protective process. Each coating is usually specific to the item being coated and its intended end use. We specialize in zinc and zinc alloy plating that suits your product needs.