ProPlate® offers a vast variety of precious, semi-precious, and non-precious metal finishes for the medical & dental, aerospace & government, energy & technology, and semi-conductor & electronics industries.
Gold is a precious metal known for its unique properties of excellent corrosion resistance, electrical conductivity, solderability, reflectivity, radiopacity, and resistance to oxidation. We offer both hard and soft Gold plating services. Our pure soft Gold is typically used in medical device applications where higher level of corrosion resistance is needed and mechanical wear is not an issue. Our hard Gold is an alloy composed of Gold and Cobalt. The addition of Cobalt increases wear resistance. Our Gold plating services are primarily utilized in the medical device industry. Other applications include electrical contacts, switches, connector pins, and other critical components. Learn more about our Gold Plating Capabilities.
Rhodium is a precious metal known for its excellent corrosion resistance, electrical conductivity, solderability, wear resistance, reflectivity, excellent performance in high-temperature applications, and its chemical inertness. Rhodium is also the hardest of the Platinum group of metals, which offers a high level of mechanical wear resistance. Our Rhodium plating services are primarily used in medical devices, semi-conductor, and electrical contact applications. Learn more about our Rhodium Plating Capabilities.
Palladium is a precious metal known for being an alternative to Gold. Palladium is harder than Gold, giving it better mechanical wear resistance. Like Gold, Palladium does not oxidize or react in corrosive environments. It is a great barrier between base metals and has excellent density, solderability, thermal conductivity, electrical conductivity, reflectivity, and excellent wire bonding characteristics. Our Palladium plating services are primarily used for electrical contacts and anti-diffusion layers. Learn more about our Palladium Plating Capabilities.
Platinum is a precious metal with similar characteristics to Gold. Platinum is wear and tarnish resistant, biocompatible, reflective, ductile, malleable, can withstand high-temperature applications, and has good electrical conductivity but is more resistive than Gold. Platinum has a higher density than Gold, making it an excellent choice in medical radiopaque marker band applications. The higher density allows for better visibility under fluoroscopy with a lower plated profile. Our Platinum plating services are primarily used in the medical device industry. Learn more about our Platinum Plating Capabilities.
Palladium-Nickel is a semi-precious alloy known for its hard finish, excellent solderability and thermal compression bonding, high heat resistance, electrical conductivity, and wear resistance. ProPlate’s Pd-Ni alloy is composed of 80% Palladium and 20% Nickel. It is an excellent underlayer for Gold plating applications. Our Pd-Ni plating services are primarily used in the medical device, electronics, and semi-conductor industries. Learn more about our Palladium-Nickel Capabilities.
Silver is a semi-precious, soft metal known for excellent electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, solderability, reflectivity, low contact resistance, and antibacterial properties. We offer two different Silver chemistries, matte and bright. Our Silver services are primarily used in the medical device and electronics industries. Learn more about our Silver Plating Capabilities.
Nickel is a non-precious metal known for good corrosion and wear resistance, electrical and thermal conductivity, reflectivity, superior anti-diffusion layer, and offers a longer service life. ProPlate’s Nickel plating services include Watts Nickel, Sulfamate Nickel, and Electroless Nickel. Our Nickel plating services are primarily used in the electronics, energy, and technology industries. Nickel is also commonly used as an anti-diffusion underlayer for precious and semi-precious plating applications. Learn more about our Nickel Plating Capabilities.
Copper is a non-precious metal known for its excellent electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, and reflectivity. Although Copper has poor solderability, corrosion resistance, and wear resistance, it makes for an excellent underplate for Silver, Nickel, and Palladium plating applications, improving adhesion and the final finish. Copper is also used as an underplate for Gold, provided there is an anti-diffusion layer between the Copper and Gold. Our Copper plating services are primarily used as an underplating layer for precious, semi-precious, and non-precious plating applications. Learn more about our Copper Plating Capabilities.