Localizing a Surface Solution
There are many benefits to choosing selective plating, including the ability to accurately focus the plating onto specific areas of a component, enabling parts to be plated in-situ and helping to minimize downtime and production delays.
Selective plating is best suited for localized areas on simple shapes, such as inside and outside diameters or flat surfaces. In contrast to tank plating, selective plating does not require extensive masking or special fixtures to plate the component. The length of time a plating operation will take is primarily determined by the amount of material that needs to be applied. Deposits can be plated at rates 30 to 60 times faster than conventional tank plating.
The performance and cost differences that these factors can make to maintaining, enhancing or repairing critical components can be significant, hence why it is important to consider all of the variables involved before deciding which surface finishing process to specify.