MD&M West Trade show Feb. 7-9, 2023

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Electroplating Solutions

“ProPlate Uses Pure Platinum and Gold in Additive Plating Process”​

“ProPlate (Anoka, Minnesota) uses pure platinum or gold with its additive plating process, rather than using a machining process and various methods of limited installation for rigid stainless steel or platinum-iridium alloys as markers and electrodes. In this scenario, the company says electroplating has a clear advantage. Instead of subtractive machining followed by an installation process …

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Medical Marker Bands

Coming in various shapes and sizes and providing superior visibility under fluoroscopy, medical marker bands are used in the medical industry to aid with guidance and placement of catheter devices during medical procedures. Along with the variety of shapes and sizes, various metals are used to manufacture marker bands. Traditional medical marker bands are short, …

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High Thickness Electroplating

Electroplating is depositing a metal layer onto a base metal to achieve a final finish that meets a customer’s requirements. The thickness of the electroplated deposit is based on the engineers’ specifications. Some components require high thickness electroplating and others low thickness electroplating. The thickness specifications are decided based on desired part performance and function. Functions …

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Industrial Plating

Industrial plating is simply the technique used to put a metal plating layer onto a part or component used in many different industries with many different applications. With this in mind, Nickel, Copper, Tin, and Silver are very common plating finishes used in large-scale industrial plating. Some less common finishes are Gold, Rhodium, Palladium, and …

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Engineered Plating for Semiconductors

Engineered plating for Semiconductors is a plating solution to improve conductivity and wear resistance. The primary use of a semiconductor is for electronic applications. Most electronics contain one form of semiconductor; capacitors, diodes, resistors, and transistors are all forms of Semiconductors. These Semiconductors have many components, including lead connections, lead wires, body, and chips. A …

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Quality Control in the Industry of Electroplating Precious Metals

Electroplating quality control is a critical factor in operations and success in the process of electroplating precious and semi-precious metal finishes. In medical electroplating, these quality control measures are all the more important due to the product’s final use. Anything that goes into the body must be stringently tested and approved before being put into …

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Plating Finish Capabilities and Specifications

Plating Finish Capabilities and Specifications at ProPlate We specialize in Precious Plating, Semi-Precious Plating and Engineered Solutions Designed for Unique Requirements. ProPlate® works with companies across the globe, fulfilling both standard and custom requests while delivering consistent results. We understand that the highest quality plating standard is essential for mission-critical components. The industries we serve …

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Antimicrobial Qualities of Copper and Silver as a Plated Finish

Inquiries about the antimicrobial qualities of Copper and Silver in the metal finishing industry are higher than ever. In today’s day and age, the consumer market for products that kill or prevent the spread of germs and viruses is at an all-time high. As a result, people buy disinfectants and sanitizing agents like never before. …

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Rhodium Plating Qualities, Specifications, and Uses

Rhodium Plating has a variety of qualities and uses. Rhodium is white in color and is a precious metal, meaning non-oxidizing.  The Platinum group of metals includes Rhodium. The Platinum group of metals is a group of six metals. Specifically, These include Platinum, Rhodium, Palladium, Ruthenium, Osmium, and Iridium. Likewise, these six metals all share …

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Electroless Nickel Plating and its Unique Properties

  Electroless Nickel plating is an autocatalytic chemistry, meaning it is not electrodeposited. It is a deposit of Nickel and Phosphorous onto a surface. As the process name implies, this reaction is autocatalytic: once it starts, the presence of nickel acts as a catalyst to keep the reaction going. Deposit thicknesses can range from a …

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Bright Acid Tin Plating

Tin plating is no longer offered a ProPlate®   Bright acid Tin plating is a silver-colored, ductile metal whose primary application imparts solderability to otherwise unsolderable base metals. Tin generally has good covering characteristics over a wide range of shapes. Historically Tin has been utilized for its combined corrosion protection and conductivity in avionics radio …

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Functional vs Cosmetic Plating and its Applications

Functional vs. Cosmetic Plating is an essential question for a customer’s request for an electroplated finish. There are many uses for electroplating onto a desired part. Most applications of finishes in industrial use fall under the category of functional. Functional means they have a reason for the kind and type of plating. These reasons can …

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