We at FIP will literally put our quality up against any other plating company. Our chemist has spent the last 20 years fine tuning the Electroless Nickel, Hard-Gold and Black Oxide processes to produce the finest coatings in the world and we absolutely guarantee our work.
Our devotion to quality does not inhibit us from offering the fastest delivery times. Our typical turn-around time is 5 working days, but we also offer 4-day, 3-day, 2-day and same-day service. Ask Dana for details.
At FIP, we are Process Engineers and proud to accept the tough, “weird” jobs that other metal finishing companies shy away from. We plate on just about every metal substrate, plus some non-metal ones, too. Whether you’re looking for a simple nickel coating on steel, stainless steel, aluminum or titanium, or you need to plate cobalt and gold onto graphite or diamond, we are your go-to shop.
Fowler Industrial Plating has a goal: To be the best metal finishing company on the face of the earth. Not just in the Southeast, or in the United States, but in the world. We’re not necessarily interested in offering the most services or the lowest prices. Producing the highest quality, most aesthetically pleasing and durable coatings within the shortest amount of time and working with our customers to constantly improve and innovate those coatings, however, is our mission and our goal. Many customers have described our work as the best they’ve ever seen, as described in the Testimonials column below! Saying that we want to be the best is an easy thing to do and it sounds great, but what does it actually mean?
We are proud of our company and of the level of quality we have been able to achieve. We are also anxious to keep improving on every aspect of our services.
By definition, Electroless Plating is metal deposition by a controlled chemical reaction. In contrast to an electroplating solution, electroless nickel (EN) solutions require no external source of current to plate. EN baths utilize a hypophosphite-based reducing agent salt that is dissolved in solution. The process provides a continuous build-up of deposit, since the metal being plated is itself a catalyst for the plating reaction. This is why EN is also known as autocatalytic nickel plating. Fowler Industrial Plating most often uses a mid-phosphorous, high gloss plating process which, as deposited, provides a coating that is 91-97% nickel, with the balance as phosphorous. Knoop hardness, as deposited, is around the 550 range, but can reach hardness levels exceeding 900 Knoop, which approaches 90 Rockwell C, following a post-plating heat treatment. All nickel plated parts are immersed into a PTFE-based Teflon solution as soon as they are plated. FIP also offers nickel-cobalt coatings. Ask for details.
Aluminum Anodizing is an electrochemical process that imparts a dense, porous coating of aluminum oxide to the surface of machined, aluminum parts. The process is known as "Anodizing" because the part becomes the anode in a direct-current electrical cell during the process. The resulting oxide layer can accept and bond with colored dyes and/or prevent abrasion and oxidation. Hardcoat, known as Type III Anodizing, provides a thick, hard layer, capable of achieving Rockwell C 40-60 hardness levels.
Fowler Industrial Plating offers MIL-A-8625 Sulfuric Acid Anodizing and Hardcoat Anodizing, Types II and III.
Bright, hard-gold electroplating deposits a 99.7% gold / 0.3% cobalt alloy onto the substrate. Many people ask if it is “real gold.” Yes, it is real gold, and boasts a karat value of over 23. Bright, hard-gold is used extensively in the electronics industry (printed circuit boards), as well as the cryogenics industry, among others.
Fowler Industrial Plating offers Black Oxide coatings for alloys of steel and copper, but nearly any base metal can be black oxide coated, if a copper strike layer is plated to the surface prior to immersion into the oxide bath. Both solutions are highly alkaline. Black Oxide for steel uses a nitrite-nitrate salt to generate the oxide layer and copper alloys use a chlorite or chlorate formula. Steel baths are operated at 285F and copper baths at 180-190F. Black Oxide provides a deep black coating for both aesthetic and mild corrosion resistance. Following the oxide application, the steel parts are immersed into an oil post-dip, while the copper parts are either left as-is or clear-coated with a lacquer that is formulated for the task.