Mueller Corp: Learn the Process of Plastic Metabolizing
Plastic components can be coated with metal involving a process called metallization, for mechanical and aesthetic purposes. A plastic component will be more glossy and reflective when coated with metal. Abrasion resistance and electrical conductivity are achieved by plastic parts through metallization. The use of metallized plastic components can also be used in similar application as metal plated parts but they are lower and they have a higher corrosion resistance. Vacuum metallization, flame, and arc spraying or plating are the methods used in metalizing plastic parts. It is possible for a transfer film to undergo metallization and be used as an alternative method in applying the film to the substrate’s surface. Mueller Corp is your ultimate source of plastic metallized components for any industry you are.
In terms of the process of vacuum metallization, there is washing and coating of the plastic component first with a base coat so that the metal layer will be uniform and smooth. The next step is the evaporation of the metal like aluminum in a vacuum chamber to leave a thin layer of metal coating. It is called the physical vapor deposition, and the entire process happens within the vacuum chamber. In order to increase properties such as abrasion resistance, a top coat can be applied after deposition based on the application of the plastic component. Through vacuum metallizing, plastic components are converted into great automotive parts, component of electronic gadgets, toys, and appliances, and many other applications.
Metallic coating is sprayed using a hand-held device, when it comes to arc and flame spraying. In flame spraying, metallic powder is heated and then melted using combustion flame in accelerating the mixture and the spray is released. Coatings can be applied into specific areas because of the easy application, allowing working with unnaturally shaped parts and complex components. Electroplating uses electric current whereas electric current is not used in electroless plating. Copper metal or nickel is deposited into plastic substrates using electroless plating.
Mueller Corp is your best buddy when it comes to your needs in plastic metalizing, catering to different industries. Find out more about Mueller Group, come and visit our homepage or website today! It is easy for Mueller Group to customize the metal or metallized plastic component you need, all you have to do is to state your requirements and design. Mueller Corp is proud to service many clients, meeting their needs, wants and expectations. We have related articles on this website, feel free to check more about vacuum metalizing and other products and services of Mueller Corp now!