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Electroplated Chromium has excellent corrosion resistance, hardness, and minimal sliding friction. The following information will provide a broad, general guide to hard chromes compatibility. For assistance with information that is not covered, please consult the U.S. Chrome lab.

Objects are rarely ever made of solid chrome. Rather, when you hear that something is chrome, it’s more than likely that said object is chrome plated. That means that there’s a thin layer of chrome plating the surface of the object.

Increasing an object’s strength and durability, improved wear and/or corrosion resistance, reduced sliding forces (friction), improved release properties, changes to optical properties, and altering the appearance are several reasons to use a metal finishing.

There are many factors to consider when looking at your options for electroplating services. Size and shape of your product matter, of course, but so do tolerance levels, desired thickness, conditions in use, and environment.

When preparing machined surfaces for hard chrome plating, we suggest these recommendations to make sure your plating operation runs smoothly. We discuss pre-treat, chrome’s effect on a surface, specifying chrome on a blueprint, and suggested thickness and tolerance holds.

When supplying information to your plating supplier, it is most important to note specific plating details and requirements on the purchase order and/or the blueprints. Important requirements should be clearly defined to avoid confusion or mistakes.

There are five essential questions that you should ask when considering the use of electroplating for your parts and components. Asking, and answering, them will help you determine the right type of material, how thick the application, and even the look.

When it comes to engineering, chrome, chromium plating and more, there are a lot of technological terms one may not be all that familiar with. It’s important to understand the meaning of all industry terms and recognize the difference in each process.

Aluminum offers engineers weight saving advantages in their product design; however, aluminum has poor wear and friction properties. In addition, the surface oxide layer of this chemically active metal, which gives it corrosion resistance, makes it a very difficult metal to plate. 

Titanium has increased in use because of its high strength to weight ratio coupled with excellent heat and corrosion resistance. Titanium has proven to be a very difficult substrate on which to deposit any coating because of its tough surface oxide layer.

The pursuit of viable hard chrome alternative plating & electroless plating processes has been in the forefront of forward thinking companies in recent years. Reducing or eliminating the use of hazardous materials in the manufacturing process is in the best interests of all.

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