Selective reel to reel plating is a unique process that allows for precise deposit of metal on stamped product. It provides several valuable benefits that other plating methods do not. Reel to reel is often the process of choice when plating connectors used in data, telecommunications, or similar applications. In general, this selective plating process can be applied to stamped metal products on reels. Now let’s explore the various methods and benefits of this distinctive plating process.
Reel to reel has evolved over the years, and is currently offered in various flavors, including:
Controlled Depth Plating – Restricted to the edge of the part on both sides.
Spot Plating – Finish is deposited in a pattern of spots on non-masked areas.
Reel to Reel Plating Including Flat Stock – Plating is deposited selectively on non-masked areas.
Tape Masking Plating – Protected area is masked with tape. Plating is deposited in a continuous stripe to non-masked areas.
For additional information on the various methods, please visit our Selective Reel to Reel Plating Page
In general, selective plating is ripe for use when:
· Material needs to be deposited to a specific area
· Cost savings is of particular concern, particularly with precious metals
· There is a high plating rate
When contacts are plated with tin or tin-lead for soldering, it’s important to avoid contamination with neighboring precious metals. Otherwise, the component will be subject to various issues and premature failure. Nobody wants that, or the liability associated with it. This is especially relevant with smaller contacts.
When it comes to gold plated connectors and contacts – the major benefit is cost savings. This is simply since less material is used, and gold is expensive! Further, tooling costs tend to be low – thus adding to the overall economic benefits of selective reel to reel plating.
Reel to reel becomes an obvious choice when plating high speed stampings. It offers corrosion resistance, increased conductivity, durability, and longevity. Cost savings from less material use tend to be significant here. Especially since high speed stampings typically means high volume jobs as well. With automatic assembly, additional savings could be realized.