One of the first decisions that any OEM has to make when hiring a metal finishing company is the type of plating or finishing required for optimal performance of the part. This is a factor of many different issues, including exposure to corrosive materials, moisture, heat, and even the types of wear and tear on the part that may be impacting the choice of plating methods.
A very common option to consider for a wide range of parts in different industries and applications is the use of zinc plating. This is a process that has been around for centuries, but it has advanced to the point of precision plating that meets very high tolerances and industry standards.
Working with a metal finishing company with a reputation for producing quality parts and components for similar manufacturers in your industry provides experienced, expertise, and insight into the plating process specific to your needs.
It has only been in the last couple of decades that non-cyanide zinc plating has been developed to the point of producing exceptional finishes on the parts and components. There is the option for acid zinc as well as alkaline non-cyanide plating options using zinc.
As a general guideline, the new processes in non-cyanide zinc plating provide lustrous, bright deposits that are almost identical to the acid zinc electroplating processes. However, the non-cyanide zinc can be applied in a thin layer without any sacrifice of corrosion resistance capability.
In industries where precision parts and tight tolerances are required, this thinner layer for the electroplating is a crucial consideration and a definite benefit. Additionally, this is a process that allows for the precision application of the electroplating across even very complex surfaces, which is another essential consideration in industries where part strength, corrosion resistance, and durability is a central consideration.