Production and High Volume

ACPlating has worked with manufacturing companies for over 32 years to produce a reliable, consistent product on time, at a reasonable cost. Our philosophy is to work with the manufacturer to reduce the necessary steps to produce a high quality part. This includes more upfront discussions to engineer in higher efficiencies and lower the end users price to purchase. Often this holistic approach takes the many headaches out of on time deliveries by identifying potential problems and controlling the factors that can lead to rejects.

ACPlating has worked in many industries including, plumbing, farming, gaming, auto and motorcycle on a high production scale. Each segment is unique and demands certain attention to details to be competitive in their field. The gaming industry is very on time delivery conscious and to remain a viable source for that industry, one has to make absolute sure the parts are delivered in time for the manufacturer to ship. By getting to know the customer and their product, ACPlating continues to grow their customer base.

Quality Control is key to on time deliveries and reduced prices. ACPlating has an on site lab to make sure all the solutions are within plating parameters. The technical staff of our suppliers back this lab work with an outside analysis every month to make sure our team stays in top notch. Inspection departments are set up at critical points of production to identify possible rejects and correct before they are compounded. Written records of production and rejects allow us to follow your part through our shop and keep you informed of the progress. This statistical record allows us to quickly identify any repeat rejects and find the root cause of the problem.

Quick turn around times are easily achieved when all the parties involved know the extent of work that has to be done to complete the order. Daily scheduling meetings and constant contact with our customers has lead us to our best ever on time delivery record. Once we establish the time frame for delivery, or customers have confidence that they will receive their parts, as scheduled. In the case of a rush order, our staff will work overtime to make sure you meet your delivery dates.

Price, delivery, and quality are the three cornerstones in manufacturing. We have focused on all three to bring you the very best in metal finishing. Whether you have a 100 piece order or 100,000 pieces a month, ACPlating can handle your job. Our mission is to give you the very best value to ensure that you will want to do business with us again. Call today for your free consultation with our sales staff.

Capabilities and Processes

ACPlating has the capability to work with your engineers to design a process to match your production flows. Many years of working as a team with our customers allows for a smooth transition and consistent flow of parts.

The size of the order and the length of the run will determine if your project would be less costly by engineering racks and fixtures or running on generic racks. The upfront cost can be easily amortized on long runs or high volume. Consulting with us prior to demand will ensure a smooth work flow and delivery of parts.

The processes listed below are coupled with industries that normally use them. By going to the specific link the process will be detailed on the properties and the usual reasons for using them.

 

Decorative Finishes

Decorative Chrome:gaming, auto, motorcycle, plumbing, boats, and air plane

Decorative Nickel:hardware, furniture, racking, kitchen, and plumbing

Polishingkitchen, plumbing, auto, motorcycle, boat, and plane


 

 

Industrial Finishes

Decorative Chrome:Oil industry, packing houses, food handling, and Ag

Decorative Nickel:Electrical components, food industry, water, and computers

Polishing:Ag, oil, manufacturing, bolts, auto, boat, and construction

Electroless Nickel:Oil, refining, food, auto, machining, and machining

 

How Lean Manufacturing Effects Delivery

 

Decorative Finishes

Decorative Chrome:gaming, auto, motorcycle, plumbing, boats, and air plane

Decorative Nickel:hardware, furniture, racking, kitchen, and plumbing

Polishingkitchen, plumbing, auto, motorcycle, boat, and plane


Industrial Finishes

Decorative Chrome:Oil industry, packing houses, food handling, and Ag

Decorative Nickel:Electrical components, food industry, water, and computers

Polishing:Ag, oil, manufacturing, bolts, auto, boat, and construction

Electroless Nickel:Oil, refining, food, auto, machining, and machining

 

How Lean Manufacturing Effects Delivery

ACPlating has continually worked on improving delivery dates to match the demands of Lean manufacturers. Metal finishing being the last step in the manufacturing process before assembly and delivery usually means that all of the built in flex time has been used up. Often the due date is days and sometimes hours away. ACPlating has worked with customers to provide on time deliveries as promised to ensure repeat orders. This is achieved by planning with our customers the correct amount of time to process their parts. Often, not enough preplanning is done to ensure the parts are received in acceptable condition to process as quoted and create delays in delivery. By exposing the root causes and developing methods to prevent problems, ACPlating is able to make on time deliveries repeatedly. This preplanning is reviewed from the shipping, receiving, maintenance plans, process specifications, travelers, and return packaging and shipping to ensure smooth flow of product.

Competing globally is difficult when everyone focuses on price. The quality and delivery issues allow us to stay in business and even prosper in certain must have new industries. ACPlating recognizes this important philosophy and will work with manufacturers to decrease the delivery time to the end user. Working in unison will enable our customers to deliver a quality product faster and allow their sales department to get more market share.

Decorative Finishes

Most decorative finishes in the production world are used to prolong the life of the product and to enhance the appearance of the product. Chrome plated wheels are a prime example of this, adding value to the customers automobile and separating them from the rest of the pack. ACPlating can do many decorative finishes, but in production mode the usual ones are decorative chrome, decorative nickel and polished Stainless Steel or Brass.

Decorative Chrome
The decorative chrome finish is one of the most versatile and useful finishes on the market today. Products on automobiles, motorcycle, boats, planes, slot machines, plumbing and many, many more use chrome to help sell there end product. The process can be varied to have a soft satin look to the highest mirror shine depending on what presteps one takes. The highest shine is a result of copper and copper buffing, followed by nickel plating and the final chrome to give the end result such as the motorcycle world demands. Often high end appearances that will remain in doors can achieve close to the same shine without the copper undercoat, but the corrosion protection would be less. Understanding where and how the end product will be used is crucial I determining the right process to keep your product ahead of the rest.

Decorative Nickel
Decorative nickel finish can match the same as a decorative chrome finish only the end product will have a yellowish tinge to it. This requirement is often used on inside applications where the customer wants to keep a softer look and match existing finishes. Decorative nickel is not as protective as the chrome finish and needs more care, so it should only be used in a controlled environment. From a satin finish to match a stainless steel refrigerator look to a high shine to match a kitchen faucet the decorative nickel finish can offer a less expensive alternative to chrome.

Polishing Stainless and Brass
To enhance the appearance of a stainless steel or brass part, polishing can be a least costly production path. Often the worn or old look is desired on hardware and plumbing parts. Polishing and patina can offer these looks in mass production and allow the part to age after it is in service. This avenue is not for every product and can only be used in certain applications. ACPlating can discuss the best decorative finish for you.


INDUSTRIAL FINISHES

Industrial finishes focus mainly on lengthening the life of the product. They can achieve this by preventing corrosion, hardening the surface to wear better, improving the lubricity, adding a sacrificial plate to maintain the base structure, and by removing any trace metals form the surface to prevent corrosion from starting. Below are many of the items we do to help your part last a longer more productive life. Before you send your product into the field it is highly advisable to consult with our team to make sure the protective coating you are applying will stand up to the harsh environment they often work in.

 

Iron Phosphate
This process is a simple dip process to enhance the grain structure prior to painting or powder coating. The process can also be used to prolong the shelf life of steel parts before they are used in the field. It is simple and inexpensive but offer very little corrosion protection by itself.

Black oxide 
would be similar in process but offer more corrosion protection while on the shelf. It also has limited corrosion protection but does make the appearance of machine parts stay without rusting in warehouse conditions. The down side is additional coatings , such as powder or E coat , can not be added over the top of black oxide. An oily dip can be added to give extra protection in humid or salty warehouse conditions.

 

Zinc plating 
would be the next step up and offers a very nice metallic finish. This product is usually covered with a chromate conversion coating that can be done in yellow, drab, clear or black. The corrosion protection is enhanced because the zinc is a sacrificial metal and corrodes before the base metal. The appearance of a zinc plated product is superior to hot dipped and often used for that reason.

Tin plating 
helps in corrosion and tarnishing as well as adding lubricity. In the electronic fields the tin plate can be easily soldered to. Tin is also used in the food industry to prevent rusting on steel parts that touch the food.

There is also electro galvanize coatings that add even more protection. It too is a sacrificial coating but is deposited thicker and lasts longer than the zinc plated product. This service would be used where an added protection is wanted and the main concern is the base metal integrity.

Electroless nickel 
deposits are very noble and protect the base metal by covering the surface with a pit free coating. There are three levels of corrosion protection from three distinct baths. Thickness of deposit also plays an important role in the corrosion protection.

All of the coating in industrial plating are designed to make your part last longer.