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How to Extend the Life of Electroless Nickel Chemistry
Q. We have been having some issues with our electroless nickel line. We want the bath to last longer, but are afraid of a decrease in quality. How can we help our EN bath last longer while improving our quality?
How to Barrel Plate Sulfamate Nickel
Q. We have a 400-gallon sulfamate nickel tank used to process ferrous-based parts that are rack plated to 18 microns for a high heat exposure application.
EN Plate-Out on Equipment
Q. We run a low-phosphorous electroless nickel bath and recently pulled quite a few pounds of nickel pellets from our tank after draining. How do we prevent this kind of plate-out?
Uniform Thickness Distribution of Brush Plating
Q. Why isn’t my brush-plated deposit uniformly distributed? Derek Vanek from Sifco says in order to achieve uniform deposit thickness, a well-designed, properly-used plating tool is critical.
Improving Acid Zinc Coverage and Brightness
Q. We plate our parts in a mixed acid-zinc rack bath, containing both ammonium and potassium chloride. How do we improve our zinc deposit’s clarity, brightness and thickness, especially in the low current density (LCD) areas of our parts without sac...
Replacing Nickel with Tri-Metal in Electronics Plating
Tri-metal—or white bronze—is becoming an increasingly popular topic and can be used as a replacement for using nickel in plating applications.
Parts Cleaning Clinic: Zinc Shot Blasting, Zinc Plating Alternatives
David S. Peterson talks zinc shot blasting, zinc plating alternatives, and advantages to reducing the heating of alkaline cleaners.
Plating Clinic: Adhesion of Brush Plated Deposits
Q. How well does a brush-plated deposit adhere to the base metal?
Plating Clinic: Non-Dyed Versus Dyed Acid Copper
Q. What is the difference between non-dyed vs. dyed acid copper technologies?
Plating Clinic: Cleaner Bath Life
Q. My cleaners are not lasting nearly as long as they should. What can I do to lengthen the life of my cleaner bath?