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Incertec Introduces Surface Activation® Instead of Chromic/Sulfuric Etching for Plating Plastics

Published on 2011-06-06. Author : SpecialChem

Incertec now offers Surface Activation®, a proprietary process for plating plastics which offers numerous improvements over conventional methods. The Surface Activation® process allows a mixture of reactive gases to activate all surfaces of the plastic, even intricate shapes and blind holes. The gases cause the atomic structure of the polymer to change to a depth of 25 microns, creating a polar and hydrophilic surface.

The plastic then becomes plateable without chromic/sulfuric etching; allowing for a permanent and stable treatment to a wider variety of polymers than ever before. The process is precise and repeatable, offering consistent and predictable results piece after piece. Surface Activation® is also a gentler process; the environmental and safety problems associated with chromic-acid etching are avoided.

Wide variety of plastics can be processed

  • PEEK (carbon and glass filled)
  • Ultem 1000, 2200, 2300, 2400
  • Nylon 6 and 12
  • Torlon
  • TPO
  • PPS
  • PE
  • PP
  • ABS
  • PC/ABS

Improved adhesion

  • 4X increase in adhesive strength
  • Wider range of potential applications
  • Improved long-term performance
  • Masking techniques available where plating is prohibited

User friendly

  • Meets ELV requirements and RoHS initiatives ensuring recyclability No hexavalent chrome needed
  • No dust from blasting
  • Not labor intensive

Permanent and repeatable

  • Treatment is permanent
  • Expensive parts can be easily reworked

About Incertec

Incertec was founded in 1993 in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. Incertec, is a ground-breaking, specialty plating, metal finishing and engineering solutions company. They specialize in highly-engineered, custom plating solutions for industries and products where precision, knowledge and experience matter.

Source: Incertec

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