Industrial Silver Plating for Better Corrosion Resistance and Electrical Conductivity
Industrial Silver Plating is basically adding a layer of coating around an object to make it either more corrosion resistant or improve the electrical conductivity. Silver plating is also done to improve the appearance of some products by bringing out a shine and to make the product more visually appealing.
Industrial Silver Plating is a bit inferior when it is compared to gold plating, Industrial Silver Plating offers lot of the same characteristics and benefits of gold plating only at a much more attractive price point.
There are many benefits of Industrial Silver Plating. It offers an excellent coating for the solderability of small parts, offers a great coating for parts and equipment which need very low electrical resistance, and at the same time it offers excellent lubricity.
While Industrial Silver Plating is used by a wide range of industries including the military, the railway, aerospace engineering, etc, it is most ideally used by the electrical engineering industry for its high electrical as well as heat conductivity along with the lowest resistance to any metal.
It is a common practice to use silver in the wide range of communication and health care industry as silver is toxic to a lot of bacteria along with many other micro organism. Due to this toxic quality, it is widely used in the home water purification system. If you look at a standard kitchen or a bathroom in North America, you will see that all the kitchen, bathroom shower and sink water faucets and shower heads are silver. It doesn’t necessarily mean that those kitchen and batch fixtures are all made of silver. It just means that they are at the least coated with silver. The reason for using silver coating in the kitchen is multi fold. One is to make the parts corrosion resistance since they are in constant contact of water, second is to make the more healthy choice by protecting these parts from bacteria and other micro-organism, and lastly to make them look visually attractive and the Industrial Silver Plating makes these metal parts shinning.
Some of the most common industrial applications of silver plating:
• Aerospace: fasteners (lubrication and corrosion protection), turbine fasteners & components, bearing surfaces, electronic connectors, rotorcraft gears and others
• Electrical Components: coatings on connectors that operate at higher and less critical loadings
• Semi-conductor Lead Frames: current bonding techniques that require a precious metal
• Bearing Surfaces: high load applications in fluids of low lubricity