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(Hard Chrome Plating)

by Larry Zitko, ChromeTech, Inc.
April, 2003

Basic Hard Chrome Plating Information

Q. Where do you go to get information on learning how to do hard chrome plating? I would like to learn the business so that I can start my own. Where do I learn to do this trade?

A. I would suggest that you join the American Electroplaters and Surface Finishers Society. AESF is an excellent source of technical information for the industry and a good place to make the needed contacts. While you are at it, it would be a good idea to pay the minimal extra fee for membership at STERC.

The hard chromium electroplating process involves the use of toxic chemicals that have the potential to subject plating operators and the surrounding community to significant health risks. In addition, many of the chemicals and metals used for plating are hazardous in nature and cannot be released into the environment (air, ground, groundwater, etc.). No matter how small or large you envision your plating operation, it will be subject to local, state and federal regulations. These regulatory compliance issues must be addressed, some of them even before the first piece of equipment is delivered to your site. AESF and at least one of its advertisers offers hard chromium electroplating schools which may be just what you are looking for. In addition, the AESF bookstore offers some books on the process.




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