Selection of Plating Method

Selection of plating method involves both technical and economic factors. Still plating, with parts racked, is the oldest and most universally used plating method. Barrel plating, limited to smaller parts that can be tumbled in the plating bath, is popular because many parts can be plated at one time. Automatic hoist units offer a means of mechanizing the still-tank rack or the barrel.

Still tanks are suitable for all types of work. They are used for small production quantities, in general, and for all quantities of parts that cannot be plated in barrel or automatic systems, because of a need for auxiliary anodes or special handling or because plating dimensions are critical.

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