Although silver may not always be top of mind when it comes to finishing, it is actually an excellent choice for electroplating—which is why it has been a staple of coinage and metal plating throughout history. In fact, silver electroplating has so many benefits that it is as viable an option for finishing as any other previous metal on the market.
Benefits of Silver Electroplating
Silver electroplating is a versatile option that makes it popular in the manufacturing of several types of products, including musical instruments, solar and power batteries, semiconductors, and bearings. The following are some of the reasons that this method of silver finishing is so widespread.
Electrical and Thermal Conductivity
The valence electrons available in silver provide a low amount of resistance, which makes it an excellent electrical conductor. Its makeup actually contributes to it being the most electrically conductive of all precious metals—from silver to gold to copper to iron. In addition, the properties of silver make it high in thermal conductivity, as well as temperature resistance. As a result, this type of electroplating is used by numerous fields, such as the communications equipment, aerospace, silverware and medical industries.
Silver is a multipurpose metal for electroplating that lends itself to a shiny, luxurious look, as well as a practical matte finish. However, despite this versatility and luxury, silver electroplating is an extremely cost-effective option for protecting products and equipment compared to other metals, like gold and platinum.
Adding to silver’s versatile nature, the metal has properties that result in an anti-bacterial surface when it is electroplated. This makes it an attractive option for industries that demand healthy choices, such as the medical and biology fields.
Silver is also naturally non-corrosive, so when it is used in electroplating, it can protect the other metals in a product, which causes it to have a longer lifespan. However, it’s important that a coating be used during the electroplating process in order to ensure that the silver does not get tarnished.
Contact the Experts at Silvex Inc.
With over 50 years of experience providing high-quality finishes to leading manufacturers around the country in a myriad of fields — including the aerospace, hotelware, defense, and firearms industries — Silvex Inc. is proud to be an advanced plating business of choice. To find out how we can help you with your silver electroplating and other needs, please contact us today!