Q. We are starting a manufacturing facility to plate zinc diecast faucet handles. What is the best way to set up a chrome plating line? I require complete information for the setup of the process. –M.S.
A. I receive questions regarding the design of plating facilities quite often. As much as I would like to answer these questions in this column, I am not able to because of the extensive amount of time and effort involved. A project of this type must be done on a consulting basis.
There are a number of books that have been written in the last 20 years that discuss decorative chromium plating, many of which are available through Amazon.com. If you are new to the world of electroplating, I suggest a basic training program from the Kushner Electroplating School, platingschool.com (I am no longer affiliated with the school.), or the National Association for Surface Finishing, nasf.org.