If you're tired of throwing out your company's industrial tools or scrapping machinery because of wear, tear and rust, do something about it with hard chrome plating. Hard chrome plating is a unique technique used to strengthen, repair and renew all types of machine parts and tools. The techniques bring your old machinery and tools back to life, which means you save money on buying new equipment. Here's how hard chrome plating works and ways you benefit from it.
What's Hard Chrome Plating?
Chrome plating is used to coat the surfaces of metals with chromium, which is a naturally-occurring element found in the earth. Hard chrome plating is a type of chrome plating that adds hardness, thickness and stability to metals that can't withstand high heat, corrosion, rust, and other hazardous conditions.
Plating also adds a brilliant shine and newness to industrial parts that receive a lot of wear and tear over time, including rotors, nuts and cylinders. When industrial parts wear down, they cause friction in the equipment that houses them. You eventually need to replace the equipment and parts, which increases your company's expenses.
The process of hard chrome plating is unique and interesting. Manufacturers clean the surfaces of your old metal parts to remove rust, dirt and oil, then apply several coatings of chromium to them through a process called electroplating.
Electroplating often requires the use of other chemicals and elements, such as salt, to bind the chromium to the metal pieces. Traditional or regular chrome plating only applies one coat of chromium to metals. The extra coatings of chromium used in hard plating ensures that your worn parts and machinery last longer after application.
How Do You Benefit From Using Hard Chrome Plating?
Saving money normally spent buying new equipment and parts is one of the best benefits of using hard chrome plating. The inner linings or compartments that hold small parts can wear down after many uses. Chromium adds several layers of thickness to your bolts, piston rods and other machine parts, which allows them to fit inside your machinery comfortably. Old equipment that no longer secured or held parts properly can now do so for many years without you needing to buy replacements.
In addition, chromium improves the appearance of your machinery. If you don't want to spend money on purchasing equipment that looks tired, worn and rusted, your supplier can refinish or refine the surfaces with chrome. The surfaces will have a brilliant shine that resists rust and corrosion.
If you want to know more about hard chrome plating and its benefits, contact a professional supplier today.