Excellence in the UK silver plating industry
The UK has a reputation for engineering and manufacturing excellence, and this is no truer than in the surface engineering industry. The UK has many forward-thinking, innovative companies working in this technically demanding industry.
UK silver plating has been used in one form or another for over 200 years, first to provide cheaper alternatives to items that would originally have been made from solid silver such as candlesticks, serving platters, cutlery etc. In the 19th Century, however, new methods of plating were introduced such as electroplating which allowed a number of metal substrates to be plated for industrial purposes. During this time, a number of electroplating companies were formed, some of which are still going strong today.
So what does it take to be one of the leading surface engineering companies in the country, providing high quality UK silver plating and other electroplating and anodising services?
Providing a high standard of service to customers
UK silver plating companies have a great deal of experience and skill in both traditional electroplating services, as well as anodised and electroless nickel coatings. Each one of these technologies improves the technical performance of a number of substrates. The coating of choice will depend very much on what properties you require. These can be a number of things such as corrosion resistance, chemical resistance, wear resistance, durability, improved solderability, superior conductivity, low-friction, anti-galling, and even for decorative purposes.
If you are not sure what you need for your particular product, plating companies will advise you on the best solution for your needs. They will take into consideration the type of product, what its application will be and what it will be subjected to on a day to day basis.
Achieving a high standard of accreditation
In today’s market, UK silver plating companies will be providing plating services to companies who require a high degree of accuracy and technological advancement. Industries such as aerospace, defence, automotive and electronics all require high-performing, innovative plating solutions to meet a wide range of requirements.
To ensure that the highest levels of quality are met, plating companies will ensure that their quality management systems and processes are supported by obtaining recognised accreditation. These include:
- ISO9001 quality management systems and processes. This enables companies to demonstrate that they are able to deliver products and services that will more than meet the needs of their customers.
- AS9100 quality management standard for the aerospace industry. This standard has been adopted by the world’s leading aerospace companies and their suppliers, including surface coating companies.
- SC21 supply chain performance in the aerospace sector. This accreditation was introduced to raise the performance of aerospace and defence industry supply chains.
Working on innovations
UK silver plating companies understand that the market place is constantly changing. To meet these changes, they will be constantly striving to improve their customers’ product performance. In addition, they will invest in developing new coatings for new technologies and industries.
As health and safety and environmental concerns dominate all businesses, it is important that companies also look to find alternative coatings whose use is restricted if they have been proved to be a danger to health.
About Frost Electroplating
We have been in the UK silver plating business for over 130 years. We are a recognised innovator in the field of surface coating and are able to provide a variety of coating technologies to solve a number of problems and improve the properties of our customer’s products.
You will find information about the various services we offer on our website. However, if you would like to discuss your particular plating requirements with one of our experts, please telephone us on 0121 433 3091.