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Intro to Volume II of the Electro-Spec Blogs!

Posted by Jeff Smith

Jan 21, 2016 3:10:48 PM

Electro-Spec. Inc. is proud to announce Volume II of technical blogs which will cover several of its most valuable testing and inspection capabilities to meet a broad range of industry standards and customer requirements. This volume will highlight five different types of testing that allow Electro-Spec to distinguish itself as a world class electroplating facility.  Each testing method will be fully explained which should allow customers (present and future) to better understand the results of the various tests. Electro-Spec will always place meeting or exceeding plating requirements via test methods as a main priority and thus resulting in the highest quality surface finish possible. 

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Electroplating for the Medical Industry: What Type of Surface Finish to Choose and Why

Posted by Jeff Smith

Nov 10, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Electro-Spec Inc. is more than capable of handling all of your precious metal plating and passivation needs for the medical industry including medical devices, instrumentation, and electrical connectors. With state-of-the art equipment, processes and technology, Electro-Spec will provide quality which is unparalleled by any other plating facility. We have the ability to meet the most stringent specifications in the medical industry, with indefinite traceability for all processes that we do. The most common metals utilized to plate medical components are gold and silver; these are metals which Electro-Spec has the capabilities of using. In addition, Electro-Spec provides passivation services which have been proven to allow medical instrumentation to have a more sterile surface.

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Electroplating: The Simple Path to Improved Electrical Conductivity

Posted by Jeff Smith

Oct 22, 2015 10:30:00 AM

The Medical, Automotive, Aerospace, Military and RF/Microwave Industries, regardless of their unique functions, often demand exceptional conductivity. Electro-Spec intends to meet the demands which sophisticated electrical components require.

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Topics: Self Assembled Molecules, Precious Metal Plating, electroplating, conductivity

Basics of Electroplating – How is Electroplating the Opposite of Corrosion?

Posted by Jeff Smith

Aug 6, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Electroplating is a process whereby one metal is plated onto another via an electrodeposition method. Customers seek out electroplating for their parts for many reasons such as aesthetics, corrosion protection, increased hardness, wear resistance, increased conductivity, and decreased friction. It allows manufacturers to use base metals that are less expensive and apply a high quality coating to them to achieve the certain desired properties on the finished part.

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Topics: electroplating

Value Added through Electroplating Process - Overview of Applications

Posted by Jeff Smith

Jul 8, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Electro-Spec has been providing award winning electroplating and electroless plating services to customers for over five decades.  This includes applications for lifesaving and safety critical components.  Plating is available in precious and semi-precious materials including gold, silver, nickel, copper, Tri-M3TM (Tri-Alloy), electroless and electrolytic nickel. This short article discusses these plating options, as well as their benefits and examples of industries that they are often found of use within.

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Topics: Gold Plating, electroplating, silver plating, electroless nickel plating, copper plating

Electro-Spec, Inc. Is One Of Top Finishing Shops In U.S.

Posted by Jeff Smith

Jun 2, 2015 11:42:00 AM

Products Finishing magazine names Electro-Spec to the ‘Top Shops” list

CINCINNATI, Ohio – Electro-Spec, Inc. has been named one of the best finishing shops in the U.S., according to an industry benchmarking survey conducted by Products Finishing magazine, a trade publication which has covered the industry since 1938.

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Topics: Plating Technology, Gold Plating, passivation, Precious Metal Plating, Tri-M3, electroplating, SBE Plating, spouted bed electrode plating, silver finish, nickel plating, electroless nickel plating, passivation services

Plating Complex Geometries – Threads

Posted by Jeff Smith

Apr 2, 2015 2:16:00 PM

Accounting for Plating Thickness in Assembly Design

 

The main consideration when plating threaded components would be to ensure that the plated threads properly fit into their mated counterparts. As shown in Figure 1-1, the dimensions to consider here would be the diameter and pitch of the threads. This translates into the tolerance of the plated coating being accounted for within the assembly because the plated coating will slightly change the geometry of the threaded component. The thickness of the plating should be accounted for when the part is designed. The most ideal location to account for the plated coating would be within the specifications of the mating part, including diameter and pitch. Of course, certain calculations are required to determine the slight change in the diameter or some other dimension of the mated part which will not impact the overall strength of the assembly. But, this is a calculation that should be performed before arbitrarily designating a plating thickness.

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Topics: Gold Plating, Precious Metal Plating, electroplating, SBE Plating, silver plating, nickel plating

Storing and Handling Passivated Components

Posted by Jeff Smith

Mar 4, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Passivation is a standard, but critical, process in the manufacturing of many stainless steel parts.  When referring to passivation, much emphasis is placed on the process and the characteristics it imparts.

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Topics: passivation, passivation process, passivation services

What Type of Nickel Plating is Best for my Application?

Posted by Jeff Smith

Jan 13, 2015 11:56:00 AM

Plating protects metal surfaces, increasing their hardness, tensile strength and applies an aesthetic quality. When seeking appropriate plating for a specific project, you’ll find that there are a number of nickel plating types and options to consider.

So how does one determine exactly which plating is best for your particular situation? The first item to consider is the application.

Generally speaking, if a conductive surface doesn’t require a high corrosion or wear resistance but needs a bright sheen or low-stress layer, then electrolytic plating will be the most efficient process.

However, if the application requires very high corrosion or wear resistance, it’s likely that electroless plating is a better choice.
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Topics: Plating Technology, nickel plating, electroless nickel plating

Tri-M3: A Better Alternative to Silver Plating

Posted by Jeff Smith

Dec 9, 2014 4:44:00 PM

Silver plating started as a common way to provide cheaper versions of household items, which were originally made of silver.

At its beginning in the 18th century, this included cutlery, platters, plates and candlesticks among other items. In the 19th century, electroplating arose as a rapid method of finishing mass-produced items. Although the 20th and 21st centuries have seen declines in the use of silver for household wares, this reduction was followed by a rise in the use of silver plating for the electronics industry.

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Topics: Plating Technology, Tri-M3, silver plating, silver finish