silver plated fasteners

Silver plating is a very popular choice for many industries including medical, electronics, telecommunications, automotive, and many more. Silver plating exhibits excellent anti-galling properties, high lubricity, a wide operating temperature range, good corrosion resistance, and exceptional conductivity.

Silver is one of the most common metals used for plating in the medical industry because it boasts a wealth of beneficial qualities plus it is biocompatible and inherently resistant to bacteria. Silver is also extremely ductile which makes it a great choice for shape-memory devices and high-precision instruments.

What are the benefits of choosing silver plating for your medical applications?

Manufacturability Silver is easy to manufacture and adhere or join to other metals.
Biocompatible The material is able to come into contact with the human body without causing an adverse (or allergic) reaction.
Antimicrobial/Antibacterial Silver inherently has characteristics that make it resistant to microbes and bacterial growth; making items coated safer and more hygienic to use.
Corrosion Resistance Silver is resistant to corrosion which helps to extend the life of the plated item.
Lubricious Surface Silver forms an anti-seizing and anti-galling coating over the metal part allowing it to move more freely.
High Electrical Conductivity Promotes the efficient flow of electricity which can affect the device’s functionality. Even if it becomes tarnished, silver still retains its excellent electrical conductivity properties.
High Thermal Conductivity Allows good heat dissipation in vacuum environments.  
High Light Reflectivity Silver has the highest degree of optical reflectivity of any metal which makes it ideal for items such as medical lasers.
Cost Effective Silver is one of the least expensive precious metals and choosing it over other precious metals, such as gold or palladium, can save you quite a bit of money.

What are the most common types of medical applications silver plating is utilized in?

Silver plating has so many beneficial qualities that there are numerous medical applications and many different ways within each application that silver is used, such as:

  • Battery contacts
  • Catheters
  • Connectors
  • Contact pins
  • Endoscopic and Arthroscopic tools and scanners
  • Forceps
  • Glucose monitors
  • Insulin pumps
  • Medical lasers
  • MRI machines
  • RF (Radio Frequency) coils and amplifiers
  • RF ablation devices
  • Stethoscopes
  • Switches
  • And so much more

While the right coating or plating for your critical application is best defined by your process engineer, we are always here to assist you. UC Components, Inc. has been the world leader in clean-critical hardware since 1974. By partnering with experts like us in engineering and supply, manufacturers like you not only solve incumbent issues such as galling, but also boost safety, quality, speed to market, and profitability.

How can we help you?

We offer a range of finishing processes, including coatings and platings that are designed to prevent galling and/or improve the corrosion resistance of the treated component. All are vacuum-compatible and dependent on your specific process chemistry.

Our plating and coating finishing processes include:

  • Silver Plating (-A/-NA)
  • Gold Plating (-AU/-NAU)
  • Nickel Plating (-K/-NK)
  • MoS2 Coating (-C/-NC)
  • WS2 Coating (-W/-NW)
  • Electropolishing (-EP/-NEP)
  • Kolsterising® (-KOL/-N-KOL)

Pure Tech Components is the premier UK distributor for UC Components, Inc. RediVac® line of fasteners, washers, hex nuts, and O-rings. We provide only the best specialised fasteners to a wide range of industries, including medical, food processing, optical, vacuum, semiconductor, and R&D. Partnering with us gives you the confidence and reassurance you need to concentrate on your customer’s needs without worrying or compromising on cost, quality, or customer service. Contact us today for more information or to place an order.

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