Incertec Voted One of the Top Finishing Shops in North America

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INCERTEC prides itself on doing quality work as efficiently as possible. Recently, we were rewarded for our efforts when we were listed in Product Finishing magazine’s “Top Shops of 2018” list. This is an incredible honor that says a lot about the present and future of INCERTEC and our processes. Learn more about what designated us as not only one of the top finishing shops in Minnesota, but one of the best metal finishing shops in North America.

About the Honor

Receiving a designation as one of the top finishing shops in North America by Products Finishing magazine is a great honor, and being named one of the best electroplating companies means you have a commitment to innovation and quality. Everyone on the list is dedicated to coming up with new ideas and solutions, which benefits customers and the plating and finishing industry in general.

How It Was Determined

Products Finishing magazine conducts an extensive benchmarking survey in order to compile their list. The magazine partners with Gardner Intelligence, and the Top Shops Benchmarking Survey generates data that is designed to help shop owners increase efficiency and productivity in their shops. Hundreds of finishing companies are analyzed and graded in multiple areas, including:

  • Finishing Practices and Performances
  • Current Finishing Technology
  • Training and Human Resources
  • Business Strategies and Performances

Once all the grades are given, the shops that scored in the top 50 are given the honor of being placed in the magazine.

What This Means for the Future

Innovative. Certified. Technical. Not only do these three words make up the INCERTEC name, but they also make up three of our core values. We use our relationships with people in the industry to engineer new solutions for challenging projects. Not only does being named a “Top Shop” show consistent performance, but it also shows a commitment to quality on each and every finishing and plating job.

The future is bright at INCERTEC. We have established ourselves as one of the fastest growing metal finishing shops in North America, and we don’t plan on slowing down. We are making strides towards the future as we continue settling into our new state-of-the-art facility. This facility allows us to have more automation within our processes and use all of the newest technology and equipment to create better solutions.

This is a great honor for INCERTEC, but it doesn’t mean we are going to rest on our accomplishments. Recognition like this only further motivates our team to come up with new and innovative solutions for your metal finishing and electroplating needs. We are more committed than ever to provide you with the best services possible and to get you the results that you deserve.

Are you ready to work with one of the top electroplating and metal finishing shops on the continent? Contact INCERTEC today!

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A Custom Engineered Gold Plating Solution For The Oil Industry [Case Study]

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Incertec is committed to finding the best solutions for our customers no matter how challenging the task. We specialize in highly precise gold plating and work closely with customers on each project until we deliver the exact result needed.

Read our case study below about plating for the oil industry to see a specific example of this dedication in action.

Project Outline & Needs

A long-term partner in the oil industry needed a custom plating solution for a very specific part.

The problem they faced was needing precision gold plating for a very selective area on a part that also needed to be moisture resistant and durable.

The part they were currently using didn’t have optimal longevity, so they reached out to us because of our familiarity with their industry and our proven ability to deliver on results for them.

The Design Process

This was a new challenge for both the customer and Incertec at the time, so we collaborated closely on the first iteration throughout the design, trials, and production phases.

The O-rings on previous versions would wear down over time and not tighten and seal as well as we liked, so we went into a redesign phase and selected a different material to increase the longevity.

Masking off all other areas of the part from the plating solution was a very intricate process, so we not only custom engineered a masking solution for the part but also designed reusable masks.


We successfully developed a reliable, reusable masking and plating solution that our customer was 100% satisfied with.

To start work on your own custom plating project, contact us today and begin the conversation.

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What Does Incertec Mean?

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The Meaning Behind the Name INCERTEC

Incertec – Innovative – Certified – Technical

Incertec prides themselves on being a leader in the metal finishing industry, but how do they stay ahead of the competition? Every business decision is made with three words in mind: Innovative, Certified, and Technical. As a company, they find new ways to plate the toughest projects, in the most challenging industries, and does it over and over again.


Through solid relationships with customers, vendors, and channel partners Incertec works to engineer solutions for new and challenging finishing projects. They partner with their customers and provide engineered solutions by:

  • Creating chemistries for unique finishing projects that are not typically available at other shops
  • Developing all new processes for uncommon materials
  • Finding solutions for challenging masking projects

When it comes to the most unique pieces or processes Incertec never backs down from a challenge.


Certifications provide peace of mind and a guarantee to Incertec’s customers of consistent performance. They have completed the requirements for:

  • National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program (NADCAP)
  • AS9100
  • ISO 9001
  • International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)
  • License (FFL)
  • Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS)

These certifications are hard proof of their commitment to quality on every job. As they move into their new facility they have been diligent in updating their certifications to guarantee a smooth transition for all clients.


The medical and aerospace industries require that Incertec retains all documents electronically. Every part and process at Incertec is documented to the standards of NADCAP so they can deliver consistent and traceable results every time.

Beyond industry requirements, Incertec’s brand new, state-of-the-art facility offers consistent chemistry, and more automation throughout the process than before.

To ensure their consistency Incertec employees a host of specialists and equipment to ensure that every piece that leaves their factory is of the highest quality.

Through their innovative methods, certified processes and technical abilities Incertec looks forward to partnering with their customers to provide solutions to any of their finishing needs.

If you have a new or unique projects that you are struggling to find a plater that can meet your requirements or provide the finishes that you are looking for contact us, or request a quote.


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Introducing Our Electroless Nickel Immersion Gold Service

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INCERTEC will begin offering electroless nickel immersion gold plating (ENIG) services at our Fridley production facility. This capability will allow us to protect electroless nickel-plated parts.

What Is ENIG Plating?

ENIG is a surface plating process that applies a layer of gold on top of a component that’s been plated with electroless nickel. This layer is meant to cover and protect the plated part from oxidation, which can jeopardize the strength and longevity of the part.

To implement this process, INCERTEC created a specific proprietary ENIG plating chemistry that deposits an autocatalytic coating onto stainless steel, steel, alloy 42 & 52, Kovar, copper, brass and aluminum.

ENIG plating capabilities are commonly used for preserving components that can be used in the aerospace industry.

The uniform plating deposit gives ENIG many advantages. It’s also reliable for soldering and bonding. The process offers complete coverage for uniquely shaped parts that traditional electrolytic plating cannot reach.

“Offering electroless nickel immersion gold plating is another way we’re widening our horizons as an electroplating company,” said INCERTEC President Rob Clark. “We hope this plating technique will help more manufacturers create more practical products consumers can enjoy.”

The new ENIG process will be an added plating service offered by INCERTEC. Here are our other plating capabilities:

Manufacturers can request a quote by contacting INCERTEC.

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COVID-19 Update

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Updated April 13, 2020

A Message to Our Customers:

Due to the statewide shortage in medical supplies, INCERTEC is proud to announce our donation of personal protection equipment (PPE) to the Salvation Army. The COVID-19 pandemic has stretched the healthcare industry thin on the protective equipment needed to safely fight this virus. We’re happy we could lend a helping hand during these difficult times.

We would also like to update our customers on how our company is handling the ongoing pandemic.

Here at INCERTEC, health and safety are our number one goal. Plating operations are inherently dangerous with various harsh chemicals. However, COVID-19 presents a new kind of threat that creates a different type of reaction.

As of right now, INCERTEC is not changing business hours or halting operations. Our entire staff is taking extra precautionary measures with hygiene, including limiting person-to-person contact during shipping and receiving and wearing gloves while handling product. Additionally, all customer and supplier visits are rescheduled until after May 3, in accordance with Governor Walz’s Stay At Home order.

Besides this additional level of precaution, everything is business as usual for us at INCERTEC.

We need to use common sense in our interactions, and we ask all employees, customers and suppliers to take similar precautions. We value the safety of our workforce not just because they are employees, but because we work together. Let’s be safe.

Take care,



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