Comparing Operational and Performance Characteristics of Chloride and Sulfate-Based Decorative Trivalent Plating

October 08, 2020

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Environmental and employee health concerns and REACH regulations are driving change from decorative hexavalent plating to trivalent chromium plating. As the automotive industry sharpens its focus and enhances testing on the performance of trivalent chromium plating, applicators are becoming aware of the color stability and corrosion performance differences between chloride and sulfate-based systems. This webinar will report on the extensive field studies outlining performance, color stability and corrosion results of the two systems. Operational factors such as plating speed and anode cost/efficiency will be reviewed. OEMs and Tier Suppliers, engineers, quality control, and plating managers will benefit from this presentation.

Primary Topics:

  • Performance comparison of chloride vs. sulfate-based decorative trivalent systems
  • Review of color stability testing as presented in USCAR field test summary
  • Evaluation of corrosion testing results of the two systems
  • Operational differences in plating speed and anode type/cost and efficiency

Mark Shario, CEF
Executive Vice President, Columbia Chemical
Mark Schario serves as Executive Vice President for Columbia Chemical. He has over 30 years of experience in the surface finishing industry and functions as the company's top liaison to the automotive industry. He is Chairman of the ASTM B08.10 committee on Test Methods for Metallic and Inorganic Coatings. Widely regarded as an expert on Trivalent Chrome, Schario travels worldwide to provide comprehensive training and oversight on hexavalent to trivalent conversions and decorative line installations. He is a member of NASF and has earned the industry designation of CEF/Certified Electroplater-Finisher. He holds an Executive MBA from Case Western Reserve University.