An electroplating process uses electric current (usually DC) to reduce dissolved metal cations so they form a thin coherent metal coating onto a substrate in a solution called an electrolyte. The substrate to be plated is the cathode of the circuit and the type of metal to be deposited on the substrate is the anode of the circuit. A power supply is used to provide a direct current to the anode, which oxidizes the metal ions allowing them to dissolve in the electrolyte. The metal ions are reduced at the interface between the electrolyte and cathode causing the plating process to occur. Electroplating is used to enhance the properties of the substrate for corrosion, abrasion, lubricity, and aesthetic qualities.
The electroplating processes that Silvex offers; silver, gold, platinum, nickel, tin, copper, and zinc are in direct response to our customers/market demands. And a few of our plating processes are set up on dedicated production lines for companies that chose to discontinue their own finishing operations.
The majority of our electroplating lines are equipped with manually operated hoists and can handle parts up to 36” in length.