A guide to technical terms used in cylinder technical specifications

Hard Chrome Plating Process

Hard Chrome Plating is used to increase wear and corrosion resistance on cylinders and is also a surface with a low co-efficient of friction.

It can be applied in thick layers for heavy industrial applications and helps to prevent destruction from abrasion.

The ability to be applied in variable layers means that repairs can be undertaken with the chrome effectively filling the gaps or indentaions in pitted / damaged cylinders.

The process of Hard Chrome plating is electrolytic and employs a chromic acid-based electrolyte.

The component requiring plating becomes the cathode and, with the passage of a direct current via anodes, chromium metal is then built up on to the component surface.

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