For those seeking corrosion, rust, mold, and bacteria resistance without sacrificing conductivity, Gleco offers Cadmium Plating in AMS QQ-P-416, AMS 2400, ASTM B766, MIL-STD-171, ASTM F1914, ISO 4042, and ASTM B850 specs. Because it can be applied in an ultra-thin, lightweight layer, Cadmium is an ideal solution for critical parts and parts with complex geometries.
Cadmium is a byproduct of zinc production. It works well as a paint base, provides a good bonding surface for adhesives, and offers excellent corrosion protection at low thicknesses and in high-salt environments.
The Cadmium Plating Process
Cadmium plating is applied as follows:
- Gleco platers carefully clean each part to remove surface contaminants.
- We prepare an electrolyte solution of cadmium salts.
- We lower each piece into the prepared plating solution.
- We optionally apply chromate to increase the life of the coating.
Cadmium plating offers an attractive, soft coating deposited on:
Benefits of Cadmium Plating
Aerospace and marine companies select Cadmium plating due to its many benefits:
- Corrosion and rust resistance
- Mold and bacteria resistance
- Outstanding conductivity
- Excellent lubricity
- Low levels of galvanic corrosion
- Low electrical contact resistance
Cadmium Plating Applications
This soft bluish-gray or silvery-white finish is used by the Aerospace, Automotive, Electronics, Defense, and Marine industries to plate:
- Electric batteries
- Disc brake
- Electronic connectors
- Electronic relays
- High-performance hoses
- Industrial fasteners