Modern metal plating is a process that was developed in the early 1800s. It’s now widely used for coating everything from chrome bathroom fixtures to parts used in the aerospace industry. Metal plating is the process of putting a thin coating of metal over another object (the work), which is also often metal. The coating metal is chosen for its beneficial properties based on the specific application. Sometimes it’s purely decorative, for example gold or silver plating on jewelry. Sometimes a plating material is chosen for a combination of reasons — perhaps because it’s both decorative and protective, as in many chrome applications. And there are many other reasons you might want something to be coated with metal.
AOTCO Metal Finishing, Inc., is a supplier of specification plating and electropolishing services in Billerica, Mass.