Industrial Plating FAQs

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about Functional Plating


Q: Are you ISO Certified?
A: Yes, we are ISO 9001:2015 Certified.


Q: Do you do decorative plating?
A: Sorry, no we don’t plate auto bumpers and things like that for consumers. We do industrial plating, or functional plating, for manufacturing.


Q: What kind of plating do you do?
A: We do hard chrome plating, electroless nickel plating, electrolytic (sulfamate) nickel plating, and nickel-chrome plating.


Q: Do you offer other services besides plating?
A: Yes, we offer mechanical finishing services such as Polishing, Blasting or Wheelabrating, and Baking.


Q: What if I don’t know exactly what type of plating I need?
A: We’re happy to help you determine the best plating solution based on the way your parts will be used, what environment they’ll be used in, etc. ChromeTech has been in business since 1984 and boasts the third generation of platers in the family! We are your plating experts.


Q: Can you plate to a particular specification?
A: Almost everything we do is plating to a particular specification. Whether you have a military spec, or an OEM spec, or a proprietary specification, we can plate to your spec. Let us demonstrate that to you with a sample of your parts.


Q: Is the plating you do safe for the environment?
A: Yes. We have won several environmental awards. We can provide RoHS compliant plating and REACH compliant plating solutions. We purify our own chrome, which protects the environment and reduces the amount of chrome that we need to purchase. We’re very proud of our air scrubbing system which not only benefits the environment but also benefits the health of everybody who works at ChromeTech.


Q: Can you plate a single part?
A: Yes. Because we have manual plating lines, we can plate a single part.


Q: Can you plate a high volume of parts?
A: Yes, with our automatic plating lines we can plate millions of parts.


Q: What is the difference between Electroless Nickel and Electrolytic Nickel plating?
A: Electrolytic nickel plating is electroplating, where the positively charged nickel ions discharge and deposit nickel on the surface of the part. Electroless nickel plating utilizes a chemical reaction rather than an electrical reaction. In electroless nickel plating, a nickel-phosphorous alloy is applied to the part through an autocatalytic chemical reaction in which a reducing agent reacts with the ions of the metal being plated, depositing the nickel-phosphorous on the part.


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