Aerospace Plating Services

We offer a complete suite of Nadcap and AS9100 approved plating  services across the United States.

Valence is the industry leader in quality for precision components in the aerospace, satellite and electronics / medical device industries. With unique selective plating and precision masking techniques for critical plated components, we are the leading plater for satellite and UAV applications, including a proprietary process for precision internal plating of waveguides.

We offer integrated honing and grinding capabilities to complement our cadmium and chrome plating.

Plating Services

Cadmium Plating

Cadmium plating is a tough and versatile coating.

Chrome Plating

Chromium plating is effective at providing excellent hardness and lubricity, reducing friction, minimizing wear, and preventing galling.

Copper Plating

Copper plate has high electrical conductivity, exceeded only by silver plating. Copper is an excellent and inexpensive coating for many different uses that require conductivity, solderability.

Electroless Nickel Plating

Electroless nickel plating is a unique process that uses heat and a unique chemical bath to create the nickel without the use of any electrical current. Since electroless nickel finishing does not use electricity, the coating created by the process is very uniform across the entire surface of the part, even parts with complex geometry. Threads and close tolerance features can be plated precisely without edge build up.

Gold Plating

Gold plating advantages include good corrosion resistance, good solderability, and, when alloyed with cobalt, it has very good wear resistance. Gold is commonly used in electrical switch contacts, connector pins and barrels, and other applications where intermittent electrical contact occurs. It is also used as a radiation shield, in infrared reflectors and satellite electronic housings.

Manganese Phosphate

Manganese phosphate coating is a conversion coating, the formulation of which contains a manganese salt, phosphoric acid and an accelerator. This process is done under high temperature, and produces a surface that has good corrosion and wear resistance. Manganese phosphate coatings can retain oil and other lubricants.

Nickel Plating

Nickel plating provides exceptional hardness and corrosion/wear resistance. Nickel is one of the four ferromagnetic materials at room temperature and is a fairly active element. However, nickel deposits are slow to react in standard atmospheric environments due to the formations of a protective oxide surface providing excellent corrosion performance on most products.

Nickel Sulfamate

Nickel sulfamate is a plating process that provides a highly ductile plating surface with low internal stress.

Silver Plating

Silver is also the best heat conductor of all metal plating materials, and offers great solderability. Due to silver’s conductivity, the microwave and satellite industries use it to carry high frequency signals and reduce the amount of heat generated compared with copper.  Silver is also the best heat conductor of all metal plating materials, and offers great solderability. Silver’s lubricity and high temperature resistance allow engine manufacturers to use silver in the place of lubricants. It is used on bearing surfaces and anti-galling applications.

Ti-Cad Plating

Ti-Cad or titanium cadmium plating is a titanium cadmium combination plating that provides corrosion resistance on high strength steel applications.

Tin Plating

Tin plating is used extensively to protect both ferrous and nonferrous surfaces. Tin is also widely used in the electronics industry because of its ability to protect the base metal from oxidation and corrosion. Depending on the base material, tin is used as a metal plating to maintain or impart solderability.

Valence performs all of these services to the highest degree of care, with approvals for most prime and military specifications. View our specs here.

Plating Tank Sizes

Valence Wichita L Valence Garden Grove L
Cadmium Types I, II, III 4' Copper Plate 2'
Electroless Ni-Mid 4' Electroless Ni- Hi Phos 6'
Electroless Ni-Hi Phos 2.5' Electroless Ni- Low phos 3'
Hard Chrome 14' Electroless Ni- Mid phos 7.5'
Hard Chrome 7' Gold Immersion 2'
TiCad 4' Gold Plate - Grade A Type lll 2'
  Gold Plate - Grade C, Type II 3.5'
Gold Plate - Grade D, Type I, Type II 1.5'
Gold Strike 3'
Nickel Plate - Bright /Semi Bright 4.5'
Nickel Plate - Semi Bright 4.5'
Nickel Sulfamate 4.5'
Silver Plate - Semi Bright 3.5'
Sliver Plate - Matte 5'
Tin Plate 4.5'
Tin/Lead Plate (60/40) 3'
Tin/Lead Plate (90/10-95/5) 2.5'

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