How small an area of precious metal can you plate?
For gold and palladium/nickel, then mini - spot plating tools
enable areas as small as 0.5mm diameter to be very accurately deposited.
This maybe on the surface of connectors or semi-conductor devices
or plated "through" the stamped component, where for density
of packing the edge is used as the critical surface.
How fast are components plated reel to reel?
Continuous plating lines can be manufactured to plate at any speed,
but obviously the faster they run the longer the line and at some
point this trend is not economically viable. Most of our high volume
lines plating 2 - 3 microns nickel, up to 1.5 microns gold and 3
- 4 microns tin/lead will operate at up to 20 metres per minute.
How many metals do you plate in one pass?
Our standard high speed machines will plate five different metals
- copper, low stress sulphamate nickel, gold flash, selective heavy
gold (wheel, spot, FRS, or contour techniques) and selective