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Metal plating – how to reduce the costs

Metal plating is a thin layer of metal coats on a substrate. Metal plating is commonly accomplished through electroplating, utilizing an electric current, or electroless plating, a self-catalyzing chemical process. The costs of precious metal plating (silver) for really small sized components are not understood well.

Normally, it is believed that such components must be plated entirely, irrespective of the actual contact area that is required for the function. The option of selective plating is ruled out in most cases the way to reduce the cost of metal plating is by reducing the cost of labor, energy and all other overhead.

But when volumes are high, say, several hundred thousand components every month, the potential cost savings could add to be significant.

Of course, the opportunity to save on cost of silver is difficult to harness. Metal plating significantly influences the mechanical attributes of plastic components, particularly in 3D printing. Combining a structural metal exterior with a lightweight plastic interior enhances flexural strength. Electroplating not only enhances mechanical properties but also shields plastic parts from environmental damage. This is particularly valuable in scenarios involving chemical exposure or UV light, where metal plating acts as a durable barrier, extending the lifespan of components from months to years. But Sargam has made it possible.

Metal Plating Process Components

Cleaning and Metal Surface Preparation:

  • oxide removal
  • electropolishing
  • alkaline cleaning

Silver Plating Reasonable Prices

We provide silver plating chemicals, processes, and technical guidance at reasonable prices. These chemicals are commonly used in electrical components like switches, relays, and terminals. They’re also used for decorative purposes to achieve glossy white deposits. Silver plating is chosen for its high thermal conductivity and low electrical resistivity. Our bright silver salts are offered at competitive cost for our valued clients.

In the last year alone, we have helped a client to save over INR 1 Crore in material (silver) costs. The component, of the size of the finger, required plating for very small actual contact area. We could deliver the massive savings with innovations in processes, automation and commitment to quality.

If you see potential opportunities to save on precious metal costs in plating, don’t even waste a minute. Contact us now. Your next big savings idea could be waiting with us!