When it comes to producing a durable, corrosion-resistant finish on different types of metals, there are several choices to consider. Taking a closer look at the type of requirements for the plating and the environmental issues the plating is providing protection from are always two of the central focuses when making a process choice.
One of the most popular options across a wide range of different industries and applications is the choice of zinc alkaline plating. This is a non-cyanide option, which means it is safer for the environment and also meets production safety regulations in both the United States as well as in other countries around the world.
The zinc alkaline plating process can be done for small parts or for large parts and is effective with both rack and barrel types of plating operations. This allows for large volume orders of small parts to be completed quickly, but without any sacrifice in the plating quality and consistency.
The process is also ideal for complex parts, even when there are differences in the low density and high current density areas. This means a very even distribution of the zinc plate across the surface, something which is not easy with other types of plating processes. For the OEM, this means even plating thickness across the entire part or component, with top providers offering less than a 2:1 high low ratio.
The final result of quality zinc alkaline plating is a bright, aesthetically pleasing look to the surface of the part or component. This is a benefit to the OEM as an additional finishing is not required, but the plating can be further finished if needed.
With the exceptional corrosion protection with this type of plating, as well as the ability to further work the part after finishing without any degradation of corrosion protection or the appearance of the plating, this is an excellent option to consider.