Lead is used in many different types of processes, but it is particularly important in the chrome plating process. There are various types of lead anodes that are used based on the systems, the plating process and the requirements of the metal plating company.
Many of these plating companies use anodes that are imported from other countries. However, there are specialized American companies producing high-quality lead anodes that can be easily customized to meet the needs of all plating equipment and systems.
There are different alloys that can be used in the development of anodes for plating. These include the use of antimony, tin, antimonial tin or pure tin. Top companies can provide validation documents as well as fabricated assembly, working with their customers to ensure all aspects of the order are exactly to the customer’s specifications.
For batch processes, basket anodes offer an effective solution. These anodes can be designed to suit any type of system from flat sheets to tubular baskets or any other shape required. They can also be constructed of any thickness of lead sheet or plate, ideal for small to large operations.
Stick anodes are produced through an extrusion process. This allows for precision control of the full shape of the lead anodes, which is essential in any plating operation.
Ideally, in addition to the stick anode, look for a company with the ability to fabricate the hooks for the anodes. There are standard hook shapes that can be made from a variety of materials including stainless steel, copper or bronze. The experienced companies can also work with special materials as requested.
When considering a company for custom anodes, always ask if the company offers recycling services. Working with one company for both production and recycling makes the entire process more streamlined and efficient.
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