The modern electroplating process took place in the early 19th century, and since then electroplating in the UK has expanded into a fully comprehensive service that can support a wide range of industries and requirements. With the development of bigger electric generators, higher currents are now available. Therefore improving the process even further and creating an even wider range of components that can be electroplated.
Here at EC Williams, we are proud to be one of the leading electroplating companies and providers of metal finishing services in the West Midlands. As experienced electroplaters, we are proud to be able to offer our services to a broad spectrum of clients and their industries and applications. Striving to offer a fast turnaround, the highest quality, and competitive prices, you can rely on EC Williams when it comes to electroplating in the UK.
How does electroplating work?
You may already know the answer to “what is electroplating?” but what about how electroplating works? Regularly described as a metal finishing service or a metal improving process, electroplating is used in a number of different industrial applications to add further advantageous properties to a component. The electroplating process uses electricity to apply a coating to the metal (such as copper). The coating is a thin layer of a more precious metal such as gold or silver. Electroplating is usually used to change the aesthetics of a component, make the items more resistant to corrosion, and increase the component’s wear resistance.
Electroplating uses electrical currents to reduce dissolved metal cations in order to make them form the thin metal coating. This process is known as electrodeposition because it deposits a thin layer of metal onto the component’s surface (which is called the substrate).
What metals can be electroplated?
There are many different metals which can be coated using an electroplating service such as nickel, copper, and tin. Most commonly the metal is a single metallic element as alloys such as brass and solder can be electro-deposited instead.
The additional coating on a component is primarily used to improve corrosion resistance on the component. With this in mind, there are lots of industries who benefit from electroplating and zinc nickel plating services. One example industry is the automotive industry, which has an ever-increasing demand for surface coatings that offer high levels of functionality. Automotive electroplating is a service we are proud to offer as one of the leading electroplating companies in the UK.
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If you have found this blog helpful, then you may wish to read our previous blog on Zinc Nickel Plating Services.