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The Importance of EMI Shielding in Electric Vehicles

In an automotive industry that’s bullish on electric vehicles, electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding is becoming even more critical to manufacturers and their tier one and tier two suppliers. Electric Vehicle (EV) manufacturing inevitably requires placing a small amount of electrical and electronic systems into a confined space and then keeping the EMI of each system […]

Professional Plating on Plastics: What to Look For

High-performance plastics can present professional plating challenges, though the properties that plating brings make it worth the effort it takes to meet those challenges. Why Plate on Plastics? Polymers like PEEK, Ultem, and Carbon Fiber can be incredibly efficient for aerospace, defense, medical, and other industries. Engineers choose plating to add structural integrity, EMI shielding, […]

How Does The Application Of Nickel Plating Work?

Nickel plating application is a metal coating process that involves electroplating nickel onto the surface of another object to either shield it (from corrosion or EMI), resurface it after wear, or to add new qualities like a decorative finish or electrical conductivity. This article will explore how and why this process works. Nickel can be […]

Advancements In Industrial Electroplating on PEEK and Ultem

Technology advancements in industrial electroplating have been a direct result of developing and increasing use of PEEK, Ultem, and other high-performance polymers in manufacturing. Tech Advancements Lead Industrial Electroplating Innovation As technology races forward, industrial designers and engineers are constantly looking for polymer materials with greater thermal stability and higher strength-to-weight ratios that can operate […]

Five Reasons You Should Consider Electroless Nickel Plating Services

For those looking for a technologically-advanced, yet long-tested surface protection process at an affordable price, electroless nickel plating services may be the perfect solution. Reasons to Consider Electroless Nickel Plating Services Nickel plating is vital for many commercial applications and industries, particularly aerospace and automotive. It will protect metal parts from corrosion and increase their […]

An Expert’s Guide to EMI Shielding

PEEK, Ultem, and other high-performance polymers, coupled with electroplated metals, have helped bring about significant technology advances in commercial plating and, more specifically, EMI shielding. Here, we will cover why EMI shielding is essential and the options available for today’s engineers.   What is EMI Shielding? Electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding helps protect against signal disruption, preventing […]

The Benefits of Copper for Plating PEEK and Ultem

When plating engineered polymers and resins like PEEK and Ultem, the benefits of copper include excellent electrical and thermal conductivity. What are the pros and cons of copper plating engineered plastics like the innovative polymers PEEK and Ultem? In aerospace, medical, and industrial applications, copper can be used to add beneficial qualities like electrical conductivity, […]

The Future of Nickel Plating

Nickel plating is one of the most versatile plating options available and its popularity is likely to continue to grow in the aerospace and defense industries. The evolving needs of engineering teams in the fields will likely continue to drive ongoing advancements in the nickel plating industry. What is Nickel Plating? A coating of nickel […]

An Introduction to Electroplating in Engineering and Manufacturing

What Is Electroplating? A popular metal finishing process, electroplating is used in a variety of industries for a wide range of applications. The electroplating process uses an electric current to deposit a thin layer of material on top of an object. It’s primarily used to increase wear resistance, protect against corrosion, increase thickness, or change […]

Interview with SatTV at 2020 Satellite Show

Hello, I’m Richard Hooper and this is SatTV week. Now, I’m pleased to be joined by Will Wallace of SAT plating. Q: Will, thank you very much for joining me today. Tell me a little bit more about the company because it’s quite specialized. A: “At SAT Plating we specialize in plating high-performance plastics on […]

SAT Plating Exhibits at Satellite 2020 Conference and Exhibition

The Cutting Edge of Metallizing High-Performance & Composite Plastics SAT Plating LLC, a leading plastics plating company, is pleased to announce they will be exhibiting at the upcoming Satellite 2020 Conference and Exhibition: March 9-12, 2020 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.  SAT Plating will be exhibiting in booth #2324. SAT […]

SAT Plating Exhibits at MD&M West Show 2020

The Cutting Edge of Metallizing 3D & High-Performance Plastics SAT Plating LLC, a leading plastics plating company, is pleased to announce they will be exhibiting at the upcoming MD&M West Show in Anaheim, CA from February 11-13, 2020 at the Anaheim Convention Center. SAT Plating will be exhibiting in booth #1292. SAT Plating has technology-enabling […]

The Ultimate Multi-functionality Enabler – Surface Activated® Polymers

Satellite Aerospace and Defense Industries The competitive nature of technology companies – in particular, Satellite, Aerospace and Defense Industries – demand components be smaller, smarter, lighter and more cost-effective. That’s a tall order made achievable with SAT Plating’s Surface Activation® and SelectPlate™ technology. It wasn’t that many decades ago that the only engineers obsessed with […]

Discover Surface Activated® Polymers – EMC+SIPI 2019

July 17, 2019  |  Troy, MI SAT Plating LLC, a leading plastics plating company, is pleased to announce they will be exhibiting at the upcoming 2019 IEEE International Symposium on EMC + Signal and Power Integrity in New Orleans, LA from July 22-26, 2019 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.  SAT Plating is in booth […]

Discover Surface Activation® – Rapid + TCT 2019

May 6, 2019 | Troy, MI SAT Plating LLC, a leading plastics plating company, is pleased to announce they will be exhibiting at the upcoming Rapid + TCT 2019 Show in Detroit, MI from May 21-23, 2019 at the Cobo Center. SAT Plating will be exhibiting in booth #449. SAT Plating has technology-enabling plating capabilities […]

Expand Your Development Team Series, Part 2 – Consider How We Can Help With Your Product Design

In Part One, we discussed product development considerations with polymer selection, part geometry, and molding conditions. In today’s article our focus is on adding functionality to your product, part processing and finishing considerations: Functional – Structural – Performance Platings The most common functional metal platings are Copper and Nickel due to their relatively low cost […]

Expand Your Development Team Series, Part 1 – Consider How We Can Help With Your Product Design

In today’s economy, excellence is the price of entry and cost containment is sometimes the difference between product success or failure. All too often, it’s common for a plastic part to be fully designed before the plater is consulted… only to find the going-in assumptions need revisiting. Likewise, many good ideas get discarded based on […]

Discover SelectPlate™ at MD&M West, Anaheim 2019

Selective metal plating only where you need it with strong adhesion on medical-grade polymers… visit us in Anaheim. January 18, 2019  |  Troy, MI SAT Plating LLC, a leading plastics plating company, is pleased to announce they will be exhibiting at the upcoming MD&M West Show in Anaheim, CA from February 5-7, 2019 at the […]

Old Dog – New Tricks: PVC & CPVC Can Now Be Electroplated

High adhesion + superior finish on PVC/CPVC SAT Plating is pleased to announce that it can now electroplate parts and products made with PVC and CPVC resins, including films | fibers | injection-molded | 3D printed parts. SAT has robust processes for obtaining great plating adhesion to PVC CPVC, without the need to media blast […]

The Value of R&D Plating – Validate Your Product Concept

Improve designs, reduce costs, & know before you go One of the most valuable services we offer to customers is the metal plating of prototype, R&D, and pre-production polymer samples. These samples are invaluable to product development because they confirm design strengths and expose needed improvements – permitting relatively inexpensive changes or modifications before requirements […]

Plating 3D Printed Parts – Challenges & Considerations

Whether called 3D printing, rapid manufacturing, or additive manufacturing, this industry is experiencing explosive technical growth. With each passing year customers have an ever-increasing choice of manufacturing techniques and machinery, but also an equally expanding selection of polymer choices with improved performance characteristics. SAT Plating is keeping abreast with this changing landscape by participating and […]

Plating Engineered Plastics – Avoid All The Headaches

Plating high-performance plastics presents challenges for which many engineers and product development teams are not prepared. High scrap rates and costly reworking of parts is a common story from those who have ventured down the plating path. Let’s explain the basics and keep your next project on track from day one. Metals are better conductors [...]

Lincoln Key Fobs Case Study

The Tier 1 supplier of the Ford Motor Company was in search of a company to create and supply chrome plating for the key fobs of their Lincoln vehicles. They needed a company that had the ability to plate only selected areas on the part while not compromising the fob’s functionality and sleek design. SAT created the process to chrome plate the fobs and meet high-volume automotive quality standards.

Welch Allyn Pro 6000 Ear Speculum Case Study

Welch Allyn was looking for a company capable of creating a long-lasting probe tip for their Pro 6000 Ear Speculum. They needed a company capable of plating the probe tip without compromising its already tight and sleek design, while also ensuring that the tip was durable. They needed a company that could plate the PC/ABS portion of the tip with a reliable and resilient adhesive. That’s where we stepped in to help.