Summit Plating Materials:
Precious and Non-Precious Metals
Electroplating Materials routinely used at Summit include Gold, Silver, Palladium, Copper, Nickel, Tin, Trivalent Chrome, and more. We have perfected proprietary processes for achieving exacting control of these surface coating using both Electroplating and Electroless Plating techniques.
Our ability to precisely control coverage with these materials allows Summit to provide performance and appearance-enhancing finishes for a number of strictly controlled and monitored industries. Our electroplated parts are used in mission-dependent applications for Aerospace, Medical, Automotive, Electronics, Music, and more.
Gold electroplating is the premier metal finish for electrical conductivity and corrosion resistance. These characteristics make Gold the preferred coating for electronic components, including connectors, printed circuit boards, switches, etc. Gold electroplating is often accompanied with a Nickel barrier layer on various substrates to enhance solderability. Gold plating is highly resistant to oxidation and tarnishing which makes it a premier choice for long duration applications. Gold plating can be used to reduce insertion forces in appropriate applications. Gold electroplating is found in electronic components, aerospace components, medical equipment components—across all industries.
Silver is the preeminent metal for electrical conductivity. Notable characteristics include high thermal conductivity, low resistivity, excellent solderability, and high frequency transmission characteristics. Silver is formulated for a wide range of finishes, hardness and durability levels, and manufacturing characteristics. Popular applications for Silver include connectors, fiber optic cable, medical applications, for Aerospace, Medical, Automotive, Telecommunications, and Consumer Goods. Silver plated materials exhibit improved performance characteristics in a wide range of applications and product types.
ASTM B 700
Palladium Nickel is a soft, precious plating alloy created by combining Palladium with Nickel. The alloy retains many of the qualities Nickel is known for, including excellent ductile resistance, low density, and low melting point. With some minor adjustments in plating specifications, Palladium Nickel can often be used as a functional and less expensive alternative to gold plating This cost-efficient alternative provides excellent electrical conductivity and solder-ability along with superb resistance to heat, corrosion and stress.
Palladium Nickel can also be used with a gold flash overcoat to deliver a more friction-free finish with even greater conductivity and durability—all with savings over thicker gold plating. Often, this process includes a protective Nickel under layer to prevent the base material from migrating through the top layer.
The durable, functional, affordable characteristics of Palladium Nickel make it an excellent and economical plating choice for electronic and contact components used in Aerospace, Telecom, Medical, Oil & Gas, and Technology.
Nickel Electroplating can be formulated to create a variety of light- to dark-toned finish options. From a brushed stainless steel appearance to a bright chrome-like gleam to even an almost black metallic finish, the diversity in Nickel finishes delivers a variety of performance characteristics. Matt Nickel finishes tend to increase ductile characteristics, while brighter finishes decrease them.
Summit Plating has developed several proprietary formulas to achieve unique combinations of brightness and ductility to meet client part specifications. This includes competency in achieving plating consistency — even in high thickness applications on both steel and copper wire.
Nickel Electroplating can be used as a barrier layer for enhancing solderability and corrosion resistance in applications on red metal or steel, and can provide surface hardness that extends the life of high cycling parts. Other notable characteristics include excellent solder adhesion and lubricity. Industries that rely on economical, durable Nickel to enhance their parts include Mechanical, Aerospace, Electrical, and Music.
Tin Plating is an effective and economical surface finish for a variety of applications in metal finishing. Tin plating is used for its outstanding solderability, corrosion resistance, and conductivity, while also providing strong durability. Tin alloys provide physical properties enhancements for function and performance. Summit’s Tin “reflow” supports many “under the hood” applications where high temperature and wear are predominant. The “reflow” process assists in the formation of the intermetallic layer, enhancing solderability performance and shelf life Tin Plating is widely used in the Automotive industry.
Copper Electroplating delivers a soft and malleable deposit for a variety of applications across many industries. Coppers malleable deposit characteristics allow it to remain intact on flexible base metals and is an excellent choice for wire, tubing, and other parts where movement is essential. Other strong characteristics of copper include excellent electrical and thermal conductivity, and solderability—further adding to its value for electronic components and supporting industries. Copper plating is a frequently used barrier layer deposited over red or steel base metals improve corrosion resistance, decrease contact resistance, and enhance solderability and adhesion. Copper plating is used in industries like Automotive, Telecom, Aerospace, Electronics, and more.
Trivalent Chrome electroplating provides similar functional characteristics as traditional Hexavalent Chrome plating without generating harmful byproducts and hazardous waste. Trivalent Chrome delivers outstanding corrosion and wear resistance and exhibits improved deposit uniformity and thickness control. Trivalent Chrome plating systems can be challenging to consistently administer and require precise engineering systems and controls. The “green” alternative to Hexavalent Chrome plating on wire is a cornerstone technical capability at Summit. Summit offers Trivalent Chrome plating on wire a variety of wire diameters and base materials.
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