Industrial chromium plating, also known as hard chrome or engineered chrome, is used to provide a working surface that requires one or more of the following characteristics: to reduce friction, add wear resistance, or increase corrosion resistance, as well as, chemical inertness, wetting or galling. It is very hard, measuring between 66 to 70 HRC. Hard chrome tends to be thicker than the decorative treatment, but thinner layers are not uncommon. Surface defects and roughness are amplified, because hard chrome does not have a leveling effect.
While industrial hard chrome does provide an attractive finish, it is not to be confused with decorative chrome (such as might be applied to furniture, hub caps, exhaust pipes, bumpers, and wheels). Whereas decorative chrome is intended primarily to provide aesthetic appeal, industrial hard chrome is a rugged and durable plating designed specifically to resist corrosion and wear.
Industrial hard chrome plating can be applied to a wide variety of materials (substrates) including:
Have a part not shown in the list above? Contact our sales department to find out if industrial hard chrome plating may still be a good option for your particular situation.
The above finishes are achieved by special pre-plate processes specific to the customer’s request and application.
From our state-of-the-art 35,000 square foot facility in Canton, Ohio, we provide full-service plating to customers from across the continental United States. Our production capabilities include:
From start to finish, we understand that every step of the production process is critical to achieving the standards both we and our customers expect. That’s why we can also provide pre- and post-plating services upon request, such as abrasive blasting, buffing and polishing, centerless belt-sanding, and stripping. See Extended Services for a complete list.
We provide a superior finish to every part you entrust to us. But we also relish opportunities to think strategically about product development and unique finishing requests.
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