Modern engineered plastics are used in countless industries and applications throughout the world. These materials are popular for many reasons, including their versatility, easy machinability, and excellent surface finishes. However, because plastics are not electrically conductive, they are very difficult to plate with proper adhesion.
Electroplating is the process in which dissolved ions of one metal are deposited onto the surface of another substrate. Plastic plating is commonly used in many industries for purposes such as corrosion and wear protection, increasing surface hardness, promoting electrical conductivity, or for improving the appearance of a part or component. The process of plating metal onto plastic is now a widely accepted industrial practice that offers several crucial benefits for manufacturers everywhere.
Our electroplating projects have been described as having “excellent adhesion and RF performance” by our clients. This is important because many of the applications for plastic plating will be deployed in extreme environmental conditions, such as high temperature or high altitude/low-temperature ranges. At present we have a maximum of 1500mm X 1000mm plating area in a single dip in our plating line.