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Making (and Minimizing) Contact

Making (and Minimizing) Contact

Rack electroplating is the most popular type of electroplating for the simple reason that the design, delicacy or large size of some parts makes barrel electroplating more difficult.  Despite the many benefits of rack electroplating, however, there is one inherent...

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Avoid This Trap!

Avoid This Trap!

Did you know that the porosity of your part’s substrate can cause our processing solution to get trapped within the part and cause plating issues? Here’s how it can happen.When we process a part, it’s submersed into a heated tank (typically an acid or soap solution),...

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Why Thinner Parts Seem to Have Fatter Costs

Why Thinner Parts Seem to Have Fatter Costs

If you look at your zinc plating bills in terms of the plating expense per pound of parts, you've probably noticed that the cost per pound varies from part to part. Specifically, you might have noticed that thinner, flatter parts are more expensive to coat than...

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When Cutting Corners Means Cutting Quality

When Cutting Corners Means Cutting Quality

The thickness of the zinc coating on your parts affects not only the amount of zinc used, but the amount of amperage (i.e., power) and the amount of time used to plate those parts. Since zinc, power and time all cost money, it stands to reason that you'll pay more for...

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Don’t Let Slag Be a Drag

Don’t Let Slag Be a Drag

When cutting your parts with a plasma torch, oxy-acetylene torch or laser before sending them out to be plated, please make sure there are no parts in close proximity to the parts being cut. If there are, slag from the parts being cut will land on and stick to the...

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Don’t Forget the P.O. – That’s an Order!

Don’t Forget the P.O. – That’s an Order!

Many times when we pick up a customer's product, there's no purchase order prepared for our driver. When the product is brought back to our plant, the lack of a P.O. makes it impossible for our Data Entry Perfectionist to enter the parts into our system. This forces...

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A Convenient New Way to Confirm Orders

A Convenient New Way to Confirm Orders

Several of our customers have asked for an easy way to confirm whenever an order has been entered into our system. We thought that was a terrific idea, and so we were happy to turn that request into reality. Any customer who opts to take advantage of this new service...

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You Can Do More Than You Might Zinc!

You Can Do More Than You Might Zinc!

It's important for metal parts manufacturers to understand that, in many cases, it's impossible to prevent corrosion forever. This is especially true for parts that are exposed to extremely harsh environmental conditions. Fortunately, zinc plating can extend the time...

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Track Your Products with Plating Central

Track Your Products with Plating Central

You might not know this, but you can log onto our website at any time to check on all sorts of things, including: Where your product is in the plating process Your invoices Your account statements To access this, just click on CONTACT US and then PLATING CENTRAL in...

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Surprise! Here’s a Way to Avoid Surprises

Surprise! Here’s a Way to Avoid Surprises

One of our favorite business quotes is, "I hate surprises, because 99% of surprises are bad surprises!" At Plateco, we go to great lengths to avoid ever having to surprise our customers with bad news, especially having to tell them that a cost estimate we gave them...

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Give Your Heat Treatment the Royal Treatment

Give Your Heat Treatment the Royal Treatment

Many of our customers send us heat-treated hardened steel parts. And we love working with those parts! But if there are any process control issues with the heat treatment that create a carbon-rich surface, this can cause significant problems with the part's surface...

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Your Parts Love Clean Sheets

Your Parts Love Clean Sheets

You'd be surprised what a big impact a seemingly small thing can have on plating quality. Many of our customers ship us parts in wooden crates with each layer of parts resting on a cardboard sheet. However, many parts leave our customers' factories with oil residue on...

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