I want to learn as much about chromium plating as I can before starting a hard chromium plating shop. Can you supply me with sources of information? J.C.
Obviously the question you ask cannot be answered in this space. However, I can give you a number of sources of information that should be very helpful to you. We can start with training programs: The American Electroplaters and Surface Finishers Society offers a two-day seminar on industrial hard chromium plating. A few organizations offer correspondence training programs that cover chromium plating. The 2002 PRODUCTS FINISHING DIRECTORY AND TECHNOLOGY GUIDE lists these vendors under Courses in Electroplating, correspondence.
There are a number of books available that cover the topic also. Chromium Plating by R. Weiner and A. Walmsley and Nickel and Chromium Plating, 3rd Edition, by J. K. Dennis and T. E. Such. Both books are available from Metal Finishing Publications.
Another book, The Handbook of Hard Chromium Plating, by R. K. Guffie is out-of-print but most likely can be obtained through Amazon.com. Another book/manual, Chrome Plating Simplified, Reversible Rack, Two Bus Bar System, by C. H. Peger is also available from Hard Chrome Plating Consultants, (216) 631-9090. This latter manual discusses the advantages of the two bus bar system over the conventional three bus bar system for chromium plating.