Electroplanting

Electroplating Excellence for Enhanced Durability and Aesthetic Precision

What Is Electroplating?

Electroplating is the process of creating a metallic film on a material surface through electrodeposition. An anode (the metal that is supplying the metal for coating) and a cathode (the material that is to be coated) are immersed in an electrolyte solution and subjected to an electric current.
The electric current causes negatively charged ions (anions) to transfer to the anode and positively charged ions (cations) to transfer to the cathode, thereby covering the cathode in the desired metal.

The most common metals used in electroplating are brass, chromium, copper, gold, iron, nickel, silver, titanium, and zinc.

How It's Done

The anode and cathode are immersed into an electrolyte and an electric current is applied to the electrodes. The electrolyte material is selected based on the metal to be plated and contains cations that are the same as the anode metal.

The plated metal film thickness is controlled through temperature, applied current density, and processing time.

Benefits

Electroplating can be used for a variety of purposes such as enhancing the strength, conductivity, or lifespan of the coated parts.

The metal coating can also make the parts more resistant to chemical attack and environmental factors such as humidity and UV exposure.