Produce Selective Deposits with the Rack Plating Process
For large, complex automotive parts or those that are vey fragile, electroplating companies typically suggest a very specific process for their clients in the automotive industry. This process is known as rack plating, and involves hanging individual parts on a rack before submerging it in the solution that gives it a luxurious, smooth, polished finishing.
Why Choose This Process?
Rack plating is much more labor-intensive than other types of electroplating and metal finishing, but the upside to this is that when the procedure is complete, the results are fantastic. Many in the automotive industry rely on this process for all of their most complicated vehicle parts, as it produces such satisfactory results every single time.
The benefit of rack plating is that it allows for a sufficient amount of control that other types of plating do not. This is a process that requires a lot of hard work and effort, and occasionally, additional auxiliary anodes are required to ensure that the whole object is plated properly. This can increase the cost of plating, so take the time to speak with your chosen plating company and inquire about your specific situation.
Manual and Controlled Plating Lines
The job is completed using one of two processes, depending on the size of the part that is being plated.
Manual rack plating lines are designed for smaller lots, and can only withstand parts up to 50 lbs. If your preferred plating company works out of a smaller warehouse, they may utilize a manual line, with real laborers.
Workers are highly trained and professional, aware of the best techniques to ensure that automotive parts are plated correctly. Because the job is being done entirely by hand, you can be certain that each part is being given the attention to detail that only true craftsmanship can provide.
On the other hand, larger lots generally use controlled automatic plating lines, which can hold up to 250 lbs. and are capable of larger production runs. This assembly line approach is useful for larger, heavier materials.
Rack plating is a great way to ensure that automotive parts look their best and are protected from corrosion and abrasion over time. Most professional plating companies possess the cutting edge technology required to complete this process. Whether you choose a small or large production lot, you can feel certain that laborers will pay close attention to detail.