Cadmium plating offers a long list of technical advantages such as excellent corrosion resistance in salt atmospheres even at relatively low thickness, softness and malleability, freedom from sticky and/or bulky corrosion products, galvanic compatibility with aluminum, freedom from stick-slip thus allowing reliable torquing of plated threads, can be dyed to many colors and clear, has good lubricity and solderability, and works well either as a final finish or as a paint base.
If environmental concerns matter, in most aspects cadmium plating can be directly replaced with gold plating as it shares most of the material properties, but gold is more expensive and cannot serve as a paint base.
PROCESS: Cadmium Plating (Clear, Yellow, and Olive Drab)
Cadmium Plating Operations: Minneapolis, MN Empalme, Mexico
Optional Cadmium Plating Services: NADCAP