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(Hard Chrome Plating)
by Larry Zitko, ChromeTech, Inc.
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 NMFRC.
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.