Applications PPS, ABS, ABS+PC, PA etc. Requires electroplating plastics
PPS engineering plastics in the Automotive Industry
The vehicle systems pursuing fuel efficiency, lightweight, emission reduction and design flexibility, when come to material’s selection, compared with metal, engineering plastic shows its advantages and unlimited potential. The PPS is so special because they contribute significantly to the qualify of life on automotive industry with theirs versatile properties: more efficient and safer, more comfortable and more beautiful; unlimited on design ideas and forming process, more flexible.
PVD direct plating on PPS Plastic
Nickel electroplating on PPS which has been accomplished using a traditionally Palladium / Tin colloidal-type activation system with electroless chemical treatment, this process is called roughening.. While increasing stringent environmental conditions as well as substantial cost reductions called for by the automobile industry have forced the electroplating industry to look for techniques such as direct metallization processes .
In year of 2019, we received a request from our local customer who is providing the electroplating services for automotive plastic components. “Is that possible to coat Ni directly on engineering plastics to replace the electroless process and make the Palladium-Free?” asked Mr. Woo the owner of JS company.
Royal Technology spent 6 months to made experiments and successfully developed the proper coating process and the result satisfy customer’s quality testing terms. The direct metallization layer makes the plastics transit from non-conduction to conductive and then get post-treatment with Cu/Ni/Cr electroplating process.
“It is a disruptive coating method for automotive industry, we are so happy to say Good-bye to electropless process”, Mr. Woo said excitingly.
PVD metalized layer is completely environmentally friendly process compared with conventionally electroless and Pa plating;
PVD deposition thickness is controllable by coating process;
PVD metallized layer has strong adhesion with plastic substrate and the electroplating layer;
PVD direct plating process reduced manufacturers high cost of water consumption;
Much lower production cost
Fast cycle and high productivity
PVD Nickel Plating Machine
Deposition Chamber (mm): Stainless Steel 304
φ1600 x H1600 (63” x 63”)
Effective Coating Zone (mm): φ1350 x H1250
Load Mass (kg): 500 ~ 1000
Number of Satellites (mm): 6 or 8 or 10 for option