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Automotive parts, appliance parts, and food service  products all have one thing in common:  each receives  its finish through a process known as electro-plating. In an industry whose basic technique is much the same  as early in this century, we have become an innovator  and industry leader, able to rise to the top in a field   one could term a "phantom"  industry. Electro-plating is inherent to many items common to   our daily lives, but few people know what is involved in the process or even that the article received such a finish.  Electro-plating is how the vast majority of   metal products receive their final finish, through the   electro-deposition of one metal over another. The basic process consists of chemically cleaning the   parts prior to being placed in a plating tank.  The   electro-plating itself involves a source of power, a   plating solution which acts as an electrolyte, an anode   which is usually made from the same metal that is   being deposited, and the part that is to be   electroplated,  which serves as the cathode. As a controlled (DC) electrical current is passed from the anode to the cathode, the nickel ions (in a nickel   plating tank, for example) are attracted to and adhere to the surface
of the cathode, the metal part.  Modern automated facilities may require in excess of sixty individual steps from  initial cleaning to finished product. Electroplating serves both   as a cosmetic and protective function.      Although a thin layer   readily serves to beautify   the part, additional  corrosion resistance  can be  obtained through the   applications of a somewhat thicker finish.    Where  corrosion resistance is critical, such as with high quality automotive parts, several specialized layers of metal are deposited. 
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Electroplating is the critical link within the metal finishing industry and forms an essential service to the manufacturing sector.

Electroplating Process

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Cleaning Tank
Nickel Plating Bath
Chrome Plated Headrests
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Automotive   parts,   appliance   parts,   and   food   service   products   all have   one   thing   in   common:      each   receives   its   finish   through   a process known as electro-plating. In an industry whose basic technique is much the same as early in this century, we have become an innovator  and industry leader, able to rise to the top in a field one could term a "phantom"  industry. Electro-plating is inherent to many items common to our daily lives, but few people know what is involved in the process or even that the article received such a finish.  Electro-plating is how the vast majority of metal products receive their final finish, through the   electro-deposition of one metal over another. The basic process consists of chemically cleaning the parts prior to being placed in a plating tank.  The electro-plating itself involves a source of power, a plating solution which acts as an electrolyte, an anode which is usually made from the same metal that is being deposited, and the part that is to be electroplated, which serves as the cathode. As a controlled (DC) electrical current is passed from the anode to the cathode, the nickel ions (in a nickel plating tank, for example) are attracted to and adhere to the surface of the cathode, the metal part.  Modern automated facilities may require in excess of sixty individual steps from initial cleaning to finished product. Electroplating serves both as a cosmetic and protective function.      Although a thin layer readily serves to beautify the part, additional   corrosion resistance can be obtained through the applications of a somewhat thicker finish.    Where corrosion resistance is critical, such as with high quality automotive parts, several specialized layers of metal are deposited.
Picture of Cleaning Tank

Electroplating Process

Picture of Nickel Plating Bath Tank Picture of Chrome Plated Headrests
Cleaning Tank
Nickel Plating Bath
Chrome Plated Headrests
©  Dovercourt Finishing Group 2016     |     Privacy     |     Legal     |     Careers     |    
Phone:  (416) 213-1706     |     Fax:  (416) 213-1706     |     Email:  admin@dovercourt.biz
354 Humberline Drive, Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada M9W 5S3
Electroplating is the critical link within the metal finishing industry and forms an essential service to the manufacturing sector.