California Fine Wire Co. can perform both reel to reel plating for spools and barrel plating for cut wire pieces. We can electroplate copper, nickel, gold, silver, tin, or tin-lead onto wire made from numerous metals and alloys to provide a conductive, corrosion resistant, and/or solderable surface. Thicknesses and under-plating capabilities vary depending on the wire substrate, size, and metals to be electroplated. Our chemist and sales staff will be happy to work with you to produce the best wire for your application.

Our processes are controlled by our ISO 9001 certified quality management system, and all materials can be certified to meet applicable REACH, DFARS, or RoHS requirements as requested. As a custom wire manufacturing facility, we are able to adapt to meet a wide range of production volumes – from low quantity specialty orders to high volume production orders. For additional information about our custom wire electroplating capabilities, see the table below, or contact us directly.

METAL PLATING SPECIFICATION

Process

Reel to Reel Electroplating
Barrel Plating (For Cut Pieces)

Wire Shape

Round
Ribbon/Flat
Square

Electroplating Materials

Copper
Nickel
Gold

Silver
Tin
Tin/Lead

Substrate Materials

Aluminum
Copper
Copper Alloys
Nickel
Nickel Alloys
Resistance Wire Alloys
Thermocouple Alloys
Molybdenum
Tungsten

Gold
Silver
Platinum
Platinum Alloys
Titanium
Glass Sealing Alloys
Bonding Wire
Numerous Additional Options Available

Plating Thickness

Plating and Under-plating thickness will vary depending on the substrate, size, and metal to be electroplated. Please contact us with any questions regarding plating thickness.

Wire Diameter

0.001″ to 0.032″
25 microns to 0.8 mm
Other Sizes on Request depending on the wire material

Wire Length

Cut Lengths: 0.125″ to 72″
No Limit on Spooled Lengths

Production Volume

Prototype
Low Volume
High Volume

Typical Lead Time

Quoted on a Job by Job Basis

Additional Information

Industry Focus

Aerospace
Defense
Electronics

Medical
Research & Development

Industry Standards

ISO 9001 Certified
DFARS

REACH
RoHS