MacDermid Platers Calculator – Now available on Smartphones

Obtain quick calculations of average processing data for electroplating.

The Platers Calculator is able to estimate electroplating data for most common plated metals, including copper, nickel, chromium and zinc. Output results include average plating times, thicknesses and weight of metal deposited. There is also a guide to calculating the current densities for the Hull Cell Test procedure.

Available for Android, Blackberry, Iphones and Ipads, technicians will find the App quicker than using reference books and easier than their desktop software to provide guide calculations in real time. The Platers Calculator can be downloaded from the Macdermid.industrial web site.

This application is designed to calculate plating times, thicknesses, weight of metal consumed and cathode efficiency. Please note that the results displayed will give the average plating thickness deposited. If minimum thickness specifications are required, then an extra allowance will be required depending on the cell geometry and throwing power of the plating electrolyte.

To use the application:

  1. Select the metal being plated from the drop down box. The program will then display the atomic weight, density and valency of the metal being deposited. It will also display a default cathodic efficiency which is typical of the plating electrolyte selected. However, this parameter can be changed by typing in a different value.
  2. Choose one of the options: Thickness, time, weight or efficiency.
  • Choosing “thickness” will prompt for values of current density and time and will calculate the average plating thickness.
  • Choosing “time” will prompt for values of current density and required average thickness and will calculate the required plating time.
  • Choosing “weight” will prompt for current density and time and will calculate the weight of deposit and choosing “efficiency” will prompt for current, time and weight of deposit and will calculate the cathodic efficiency.

In addition to plating calculations, the program will also calculate Hull Cell parameters. This feature can be accessed by selecting the Hull Cell tab. The use of this application is self explanatory. The cell current is selected with the top slider and the distance along the Hull Cell panel from the high current density end is set with the second slider. The primary current density at this point is then displayed.

Selecting the conversions tab allows you to select many different units (for example grammes per litre to ounces per US gallon). Simply select the conversion required from the drop down box, enter the amount to be converted and press calculate to get the result.


ZinKlad…Supporting the highest quality standards

The ZinKlad™ quality assurance programme is taking on the challenges for high performance automotive coatings of the future. Introduced 10 years ago, ZinKlad has enabled many global OEM’s to specify higher standards than they achieved with previous, hexavalent chromium based coatings.

Logo for ZinKlad

ZinKlad for high performance ELV compliant coating

In the new globalising world, OEM’s must change and adapt, and ZinKlad continues to respond to these requirements worldwide. Today ZinKlad offers high performance coatings, proven consistent quality and a global network of approved applicators.

Of course, compliance with legislation, such as ELV & RoHS, and predictable torque-tension performance continue to be essential requirements. ZinKlad continues to deliver on all of these needs.

So as we move into the future, you can be sure that the high corrosion resistant coatings, freedom from proscribed materials and consistent friction control, will remain today as true as when ZinKlad was first specified.


Zinc plated finishes for ZinKlad

ZinKlad Finishes

MacDermid held a Plating on Plastic Summ

MacDermid held a Plating on Plastic Summit on October 1st and 2nd at the impressive Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Attendees were updated on the latest advancements in POP technology including a new UV lacquer process, advances in double shot molding and a qualification process for decorative fashion finishes

The MacDermid Automotive Summit, held in

The MacDermid Automotive Summit, held in Kawasaki City on September 5, 2014, brought together Japan’s automotive OEMs and their supply chain to educate the market on innovative trends in surface treatment. Leading experts from Germany, the Netherlands, the U.K. and the U.S. spoke about MacDermid’s dynamic chemistries for the global automotive industry.

Representatives from Toyota, Honda, Nissan and other manufacturers participated in discussions on the following topics:

“ZinKlad System – from Zinc/Zinc Alloy Plating to Friction Control”

“High Alloy Zinc Nickel Deposit – Enviralloy NiFlex12’s Ductility and Other Features”

“Cobalt-free Passivation System and the Update on European Legislation”

“Optimized Plating Solutions for MID (Molded Interconnect Devices)”

“Russian Mud Testing: Investigation of Anti-Corrosion Mechanism”

“Evolve: Chrome-free Etching Process on Plastic Materials”

“Electroless Nickel – Engineering Coatings & Automotive Applications”

“Film Insert Molding: A Hardcoated Film for Plastic Parts”

“MacDermid: Your Global Supply Chain Partner”

New product release – TriPass ELV 5500 b

New product release – TriPass ELV 5500 black passivate for zinc and zinc iron. A breakthrough in black passivation technology.

Zinc-Nickel Abrasion and Resistant Coating


zinc nickel platingZinc-nickel finishes with a 12-15 % by weight nickel content are widely used in the automotive, aerospace and electronics industries. In automotive applications the coating is used in both interior and exterior applications.

Automotive engineers choose zinc-nickel due to its excellent corrosion and abrasion resistance. This results in the coating retaining its corrosion protection even after handling and assembly operations. An example of this is applications such as door strikers and latches where abrasion resistance is the most important factor.

ZinKlad 1000, the highest level of performance in the MacDermid ZinKlad range of finishes, uses zinc-nickel as the base metallic coating.


Electroplated zinc-nickel coatings demonstrate the following features:

  • Exceptional corrosion resistance for relatively thin coatings
  • Hard coating, good for mechanical resistance properties
  • Suitable for electronic applications such as grounding screws
  • Galvanic compatibility with aluminum
  • Lubricated to modify friction properties

The specific properties of zinc-nickel finishes of corrosion and abrasion resistance, conductivity and adjustable friction make these coatings successful in many applications. Extensively used in the automotive industry, zinc-nickel coatings are also used in aerospace and electronics applications.


In Conclusion

MacDermid continue the development of zinc-nickel coatings to meet today’s industry requirements. Recent technology improvements include increasing electrolyte efficiencies, improving the aesthetics of the zinc-nickel coating and retention of corrosion resistance after post-plate deformation.

Additionally, development work includes cobalt-free trivalent passivation systems and lubricants to deliver friction properties for specific applications such as fasteners used in multiple tighten / untighten situations.

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Find which ZinKlad approvals were gained

Find which ZinKlad approvals were gained in 2013 and the list of our latest ZinKlad applicators, which now numbers more than 70 worldwide.

From January 15-17, 2014, MacDermid exhi

From January 15-17, 2014, MacDermid exhibited their innovative chemistry at INTERNEPCON JAPAN 2014. This electronics R&D show attracted 83,000 visitors over 3 days from the Japanese automotive, consumer electronics, printed circuit board and integrated circuit packaging industries. MacDermid’s environmentally-friendly trivalent chromium technology was the center of much attention, along with our offerings for the molded interconnect device (MID) market. Blackhole, also on display, remains the default standard for flexible and rigid circuit boards.

From January 15-17, 2014, MacDermid exhi

From January 15-17, 2014, MacDermid exhibited their innovative chemistry at INTERNEPCON JAPAN 2014. This electronics R&D show attracted 83,000 visitors over 3 days from the Japanese automotive, consumer electronics, printed circuit board and integrated circuit packaging industries. MacDermid’s environmentally-friendly trivalent chromium technology was the center of much attention, along with our offerings for the molded interconnect device (MID) market. Blackhole, also on display, remains the default standard for flexible and rigid circuit boards.

The petroleum and chemical process indus

The petroleum and chemical process industries are the largest users of electroless plated finishes such as nickel phosphorus alloy,…

Automotive Decorative Finishes – Seminar, Museo Ferrari – Maranello, Italy

16th – 17th May 2013

Ferrari museum

Ferrari Museum

16th and 17th May 2013 was the date for the MacDermid Decorative Automotive supply chain seminar. The seminar was held at the prestigious Ferrari museum in Maranello, Italy. The gathering was to inform delegates on the latest developments of surface coatings for interior and exterior components.

The meeting was opened by Mr. Massimo Garzone, Executive VP of ASF Europe and IS R&D and Marketing. He outlined the days’ agenda and explained why MacDermid is an important part of the automotive supply chain for surface finishing including new product innovation and collaboration with most major global automotive manufacturers.

Following the introduction, 2 key note speakers from FIAT group were invited to present from the OEM perspective.

Mr. Vincenzo Vullo from the Centro Stile explained how FIAT decides on interior design for future models. They look at other design fields to understand the trends and derive inspiration for new colours and materials. Then these will have to meet the FIAT group requirements for abrasion and corrosion resistance. To test new concepts they use vehicles in the Maserati, Alfa Romeo and Fiat brands. Mr. Vullo finished by stating that future trends will be based on a contemporary mix of brilliant, vivid, matt and 3D coloured finishes.

Presentations from FIAT continued, with Mr. Giancarlo Marchiaro (CRF Material Engineering) informing the audience why they believe decorative trivalent chromium is the future. Their reasons include both environmental factors (based around legislation such as REACH and SEVESO III) and performance criteria.

MacDermid decorative seminar

Decorative Automotive Seminar

The environmental factors can be summarized as:

• Sustainability in the supply chain
• Resource management
• Waste management
• Control of hazardous substances
• Low environmental impact of products

The performance criteria are evaluated on traditional accelerated testing (i.e. CASS) and real life testing as well as new testing based on resistance to environments where calcium chloride is used for de-icing. This is typically referred to in the industry as “Russian Mud”.

Technical experts from the MacDermid group of companies then presented new technologies which were able to answer the needs outlined by FIAT.

This began by Mr. Kevin O’Hara (Global FIM Product Manager MacDermid Autotype) presenting the latest “In Mould Decoration” for automotive interiors. This hardcoat film provides exceptional wear and abrasion resistance for dashboard and electronic component fascias. It also provides for improved functionality as items such as switches can be incorporated in the actual component design!

Next MacDermid Industrial Solutions R&D Director Mr. Terry Clarke launched the MacDermid Fashion Finish range. This includes satin nickels and dark trivalent chromium coatings as well as a unique new UV curing electrophoretic lacquer.

MacDermid Fashion Finishes

Parts displaying the MacDermid Fashion Finishes

The combination of satin and dark has the benefits of offering stylist new finishes to excite customers by differentiating the trim on their vehicles from traditional bright chromium. Additionally trivalent chromium finishes are proven as the only metallic coating to resist calcium chloride induced corrosion.

The UV lacquer opens opportunities previously limited to designers working with plastics, namely a coloured metallic based coating. Cured at low temperatures, this lacquer can be applied in full production to the ABS / ABS-PC substrates. Being electrophoretic means that it can be applied over nickel plated coatings. Combined, these bring the benefits of a production proven coating which has an excellent appearance and abrasion resistance.

Mr. Clarke then introduced MacDermid’s new chromium-free etch for plating on plastics. This patent applied for technology delivers an etched surface morphology similar to traditional chromic acid based etching solutions. Combined with decorative trivalent chromium plating solutions, these technologies enable platers of plastics to avoid the use of carcinogenic hexavalent chromium compounds.

MacDermid Ferrari

Delegates visit the Ferrari museum

The technical session was followed by dinner which allowed all the participants to discuss the technical presentations directly with the technical and automotive design experts.

The seminar finished with a visit to the Ferrari production, test track and museum. Delegates agreed that the meeting had provided valued information to the Italian decorative and automotive design supply chain.

For further information about this event please contact Mr. Claudio Travi of MacDermid Italy, , Key Account Manager for the FIAT / Chrysler global surface finishing supply chain.

For more images taken during the conference


15:35 – Interior automotive coatings – c

15:35 – Interior automotive coatings – changes in finishing technology
Alan Gardner,global marketing manager,MacDermid Industrial Solutions, UK

Traditionally, plastic components were bright chromium plated – a finish that highlights natural contours, gives a feeling of quality, is robust and easy to clean. Today engineers are specifying alternatives including satin chromium, as a non-glare finish, and dark chromium, which offers a ‘warmer’ aspect. And tomorrow? Coloured finishes that retain the attributes of plated metallic layers are now possible due to advances in UV curing technology.

Collectively these give three-dimensional choice for coatings that must not only look appealing, but endure day-to-day handling when applied to components such as door handles.

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