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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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.
One of the major benefits of SAM’s is increased solderability, which is a result of increased corrosion protection the post-plate process gives the plated component. When precious metal experiences corrosion, it affects anything soldered to the metal. When the metal coating is protected by SAM’s, however, it resists corrosion for longer periods of time and improves solderability.
The use of gold plating in the electronics industry has been an ongoing part of the expansion of more complex digital electronics and equipment throughout many industry sectors. According to BullionStreet, over 320 tons of gold are used each year in the electronics industry. This includes gold in PCs, mobile phones, tablets and other devices. The overall use of gold in electronics is via gold plating. Gold plating is primarily used on contacts for switches, relays, and connectors