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Cost of Plating
We have been barrel plating flat parts, but the parts do not meet the customer’s corrosion requirements, and we now have to resort to rack plating. Can you provide a brief explanation for the significant difference in cost?
Ask an Expert Published: 12/5/2012
College Pilot Plating Study
What are the requirements for college students to start a pilot study to conduct experiments on a laboratory scale? We also need process flowcharts for various plating baths on different base materials and information on how to use a Hull cell.
Ask an Expert Published: 6/15/2012
New to Plating
Please suggest some techniques for copper and tin plating and good plating techniques in general.
Ask an Expert Published: 6/14/2012
Chloride Concentrations
Can you give me a titration procedure to check chloride concentrations in the PC-667 acid copper bath?
Ask an Expert Published: 3/1/2012
More on Magnetic Parts
In the November 2011 issue of Products Finishing I briefly discussed problems with plating magnetic parts. One of my readers (also a student of mine some 25 years ago) sent me an email mentioning some other causes of parts becoming magnetic. One has...
Ask an Expert Published: 2/27/2012
Zinc Plating and Crystal Growth Revisited
In the February issue, I answered a question regarding formation of excess crystals in a potassium chloride zinc plating bath. I recently received additional information from one of the plating shops regarding its problem.
Ask an Expert Published: 5/24/2011
Brighteners and Solder Failure
A customer claims that brightener and grain refiner concentrations in a plating bath will affect the solderability of the plated surface.
Ask an Expert Published: 5/24/2011
Shadow Plating
On some of our parts, we see what appears to be a “shadow.” What causes this and how can we prevent this from happening?
Ask an Expert Published: 3/31/2011
Wood’s Nickel Strike
When I look in the literature or talk with other platers, I am told that Wood’s nickel is an easy bath to use and shouldn’t cause any problems. Generally, that seems to be the case, but is there any place I can get additional information about the s...
Ask an Expert Published: 2/18/2011
Ionic Liquid Plating
Can ionic liquid plating be used as a replacement for conventional plating?
Ask an Expert Published: 2/18/2011

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