Coating and Electroplating

Many components require a precious metal surface, as they are only able to optimally perform their functions when specific properties are ensured. A cost-saving alternative to precious metal components are coated semifinished products. The electroplating process ensure the component to be resistant to wear and corrosion, and also makes it optically more attractive.

Precious metal coatings or electroplated coatings are needed for a variety of different applications. The aim is to provide the surface with certain properties at a moderate cost. Finished parts, bulk material, or semifinished products such as wires or strips can be coated. Such coated contact parts are used in the electronics industry, the automotive industry, medical technology, industrial technology, and energy technology.

Heraeus is specialized in electroplating. A state-of-the-art bath and process monitoring systems along with computer-aided measuring and test methods guarantee the quality of surface coatings. Our services range from electroplating bulk material, through the highly dimensionally accurate coating of sensitive individual parts without deformation to strip plating.

Take advantage of our decades of expertise in materials and coatings!

Silver Base Contact Materials

Advantages:

Optimization of the required properties compared to non-coated parts:

  • Resistance to corrosion, better contact properties, improved wear properties, optical requirements
  • Good processing properties; can be soldered, welded, and bonded, unlike non-coated parts
  • Good contact properties

Optimal procedure for an optimal result

  • Cost savings compared to solid precious metal component
  • High degree of flexibility due to variable thickness of coating and coating structure using precious metal content as required by specifications
  • High degree of flexibility due to the variety of materials
  • Custom solutions

Applications:

We offer a variety of materials and processes for metallic coating:

  • Electroplating of the entire surface or selectively coating
  • Electroplating parts
  • Sputtered and vaporized materials
  • Indium coating
  • Coated wires
  • Electrolytic coating

The contact parts, wires, strips created in this process are used in the electronics industry, the automotive industry, medical technology, industrial technology, and energy technology.

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