Metal Plating Services

Metal Plating Services

Zinc acid plating process in available colors blue/yellow trivalent chromate for steel and brass workpieces

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Certifications

ISO 13485:2016 | ISO 9001:2015 | ISO14001:2015 | CT-PAT | Autogestion Certification (Mexico) | FORD Paint Facility Certification | IATF 16949:2016

At International Assembly, we offer zinc chromate plating services and other plating options to provide our customers with materials that have high-quality surfaces with superior performance and appearance. We primarily plate steel and brass substrates, and we can handle a variety of part sizes and geometries. Our expertise and extensive quality assurance protocol ensures that parts meet all requirements, and we can handle both one-time and high-volume orders.

 

Metal Plating 101

Metal plating involves the process of coating a substrate with a thin layer of metal to enhance its corrosion resistance, appearance, strength, and other important properties. This is typically achieved through a process known as electroplating, which involves submerging the substrate into an acid solution and using an electric current to deposit a thin layer of the coating material onto the substrate.

 

Plating Characteristics and Benefits

Metal plating is a highly precisive, close-tolerance, and advantageous process, making it popular for many applications, especially those where appearance, wear, and damage from corrosive elements are concerns. Benefits of metal plating include:

  • Improved corrosion resistance
  • Abrasion and chemical resistance
  • Weather-proofing
  • Protection
  • Enhanced paint adhesion
  • Decorative appeal
  • Enhanced hardness
  • Increased solderability
  • Altered conductivity
  • Reduced friction
  • Increased magnetism

 

The Metal Plating Process

Before the plating process begins, the metal workpiece must be cleaned and prepared. This helps ensure that the plating material properly interacts with and adheres to the workpiece. This process includes:

  • Solvent Degreasing. In this process, chemicals such as alcohol, petroleum, or chlorine are used to remove machining fluids and grease from the surface of the material.
  • Acid Rinse. Rinsing the workpieces in nitric or citric acid baths removes contaminants on the surface of the material.
  • Passivating (only if applicable). Passivation occurs before metal plating to remove any surface contamination, especially if the material was previously machined.

 

Types of Plating Services

At International Assembly, we offer the following metal plating services:

. Electroplating

Electroplating is one of the most common types of metal plating. It uses electrodeposition to deposit a thin metal layer onto the workpiece to modify its physical characteristics and improve its resistance to wear, corrosion, and other forms of damage.

. Corrosion Cleaning

Acid baths commonly used in metal plating processes can etch away trace contaminants, ferrous elements, and corroded metal to clear away damage and reduce the size of the workpiece. This can clean the metal for further use or prepare it for further plating and treating.

 

In addition, IAI Mexico also offers bright dipping services for brass materials:

. Bright Dip (For Brass Materials Only)

The bright dipping process uses a bath of concentrated acid to remove scales and deposits from metal, remove burrs and other surface defects, and enhance corrosion resistance. The final finish can be bright, matte, or lustrous depending on the metal and plating process used.

 

Post-Plating Metal

At International Assembly, our team also offers post-plating services, including:

  • Chromate Dip/Chromate Conversion Coating. This process takes place after zinc plating and imparts a thin inert layer to enhance corrosion resistance and provide protection to the underlying material.
  • Passivation. Passivation is also used as a post-treatment process and creates an inert oxide layer on the surface of the finished workpiece to enhance corrosion resistance.
  • Bake-Off Oven. Bake-off ovens heat the surface of metal workpieces without overheating or melting the pieces. It removes hydrogen that infuses into the workpiece during the plating process to eliminate the risk of hydrogen embrittlement.

 


Brass & Steel Plating Services at International Assembly

We offer trivalent chromate protection/finish and zinc chromate plating services for steel and brass workpieces ranging in size from 5/16 inches in diameter and 3/4 inches long to 1/2 inches in diameter and 72 inches long. Our manual plating lines incorporate pre-plating, rack and barrel plating, and post-plating options.

. Trivalent Chromate Protection/Finish

Trivalent chromate protection/finish provides scratch and corrosion resistance.

. Zinc Chromate Plating

Depending on the chemical bath and the workpiece material, zinc chromate can produce either a yellow or a blue-bright finish that provides increased corrosion resistance and aesthetic appeal.

 

Industries Served

Our team at International Assembly proudly serves the aftermarket automotive and retail consumer industries that require wear-resistant, high performance, and aesthetically-pleasing parts. Some of the most popular metal-plated parts for the automotive aftermarket include components for power steering, fuel, brake, electrical, and electronic systems.

 

Certifications

At International Assembly, we’re committed to quality. Our company holds the following certifications:

 

Establishing Plating Operations in Mexico

Our knowledge and experience in plating technology also allow us to launch IMMEX Maquiladora programs for non-Mexican manufacturers looking for an opportunity to establish plating operations in Mexico to leverage cost advantages, technically-skilled labor pool, and preferential customs treatment.

By tapping into our expertise in surface finishing, we provide zero-liability, quick-start solutions for companies wanting to set up plating operations in Mexico. We act as the legal entity for all government and tax-related matters and oversee all aspects of the facility and environmental management, hiring, administration, permitting, inspection, customs, shipping, and more. At the same time, clients retain authority over their operations and quality expectations. 


Contact Us for Your Plating Needs

Metal plating is an excellent way to enhance the performance and appearance of a substrate. At International Assembly, we offer a wide range metal plating services, and we use our expertise to provide solutions for customers who want to set up plating operations in Mexico. To learn more about our plating services, or for more information on manufacturing in Mexico, contact us or request a quote today.

 


 

Metal Plating - Capabilities

Plating Material Zinc Blue Trivalent Chromate
Zinc Yellow Trivalent Chromate
Substrate-Metal Brass
Steel
Plating Characteristics Abrasion Resistant
Appearance Improvement
Chemical Resistant
Close Tolerance
Corrosion Resistant
Precision
Protective
Weather-Proofing
Processes Bright dip
Corrosion cleaning
Electroplating
Equipment Barrel Tanks
Centrifuge
DC Rectifiers
Filters
Oven
Racks
Rack Tanks
Application Overall
Pre-plate Operations Acid Rinse
Passivating
Solvent Degreasing
Post-plate Operations Chromate Dip
Passivation
Bake-off Oven
Testing Ability Adhesion
Coating Thickness
Corrosion Resistance
PH
Temperature
Visual
Plating Thickness Comply with customer specifications & requirements
Part Length Min
0.75” in
Max
72” in
Part Diameter Min
5/16” in
Max
4” in
Part Weight Min
0.25lb
Max
8 (typical) & up lb
Intended Application Automotive
  • Brake hoses
  • Power Steering hoses
  • Transmission hoses
Equipment List (optional) Ambient Air Purification
Overhead Crane
Water Treatment System
Production Volume Prototype
Low Volume
High Volume
Blanket Orders
Service Orders
Lead Times Build-to-order
Normal Customer Release process
Quoted on job by job basis
Emergency services available
Rush Services Available
Efficiency Lean Manufacturing
Control Plans
Kaizen
5-S
Root Cause Problem Solving & Analysis
Certifications ISO 9001:2015
ISO 14001:2015
CT-PAT
Autogestion Certification (Mexico)

Additional Information

Industry Focus Aftermarket Automotive
Retail Consumer
File Formats AutoCAD (DWG,DWZ)
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IGES
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JPG or JPEG
Joint Photographic Experts Group
SolidWorks (SLDPRT,SLDDRW,SLDDRT)
STEP
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TIFF
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TurboCAD (TCW,TCX)