Like copper, silver plating is a process which offers benefits to many diverse industrial sectors. Silver is a soft, white, lustrous metal that can be electrodeposited to provide a finish which offers excellent resistance to fretting corrosion. Renowned for its excellent electrical conductivity qualities, silver is also a very lubricous metal for aerospace components, offering resistance against rubbing wear on bearings.
Due to the wear resistant properties, lubricious nature and accuracy of deposition in silver, it is ideally suited for electroplating on bearings, shims and gaskets.
Silver is also widely requested as a finish to protect threads from seizing or galling, particularly on stainless steel or aluminium manufactured components.
Silver is commonly used for electroplating as it is a good conductor of electricity. It is often plated onto electrical contacts for use in the electronics industry. Applications range from small terminal connectors used in the semi-conductor, telecoms and computer industries through to large copper slab connectors used in power stations and power distribution. Typical applications for silver electroplating are electrical connectors, shims and gaskets and bearings. Typical coating thickness is 10 to 25 microns.
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