Copper plating is a process where copper coatings are applied to metal products. This process is mostly used in industrial settings. Use of copper along with other metals like nickel and tinis a common practice in the plating industry. Plating of metal offers several benefits. Some of the advantages are mentioned below.
Copper is a good electrical conductor. It therefore offers excellent electrical conductivity to electrical components. As a result it widely used in the electrical and electronics industries.
Because copper is a soft metal, it is an advantageous metal to use for metal objects that need some slight flexibility. And the copper won’t separate as it is properly plated and maintain good adhesion even under conditions where the metal bends.
Copper is plated on to steel parts using an electrical current. The plating process can be achieved using three different types of chemical baths. They are alkaline, acid and mildly alkaline complexed baths.
Copper also acts as an excellent undercoat for finishes of other metals. This is mostly common in both tin and nickel plating. It provides uniform and smooth coverage on both non ferrous and ferrous base metals. This helps in promoting better adhesion on all the plated finishes.
Copper plating also improves the corrosion resistance of nickel steel plated parts as a base coat. When you are looking for companies in the St. Louis area that offer copper plating services, there is no better company with experience than American Plating Company.