Tin Plating

Tin Plating Services

Tin plating involves applying a thin layer of tin material onto a metal surface to provide protection and enhance electrical conductivity. Tin is more readily available than precious metal options like platinum, gold or palladium, making tin plating one of the industry’s most cost-effective finishing options. Depending on the application, a tin plating layer can increase the performance and appearance of other metals, including aluminum, copper, and steel.

KC Jones Plating Company offers custom tin plating solutions to businesses from our Michigan, Indiana, and Mexico facilities using the industry’s most innovative chemical processes and manufacturing techniques. Our knowledgeable engineers have years of experience helping clients develop optimal plating solutions across an extensive application range. The KC Jones team gives each project the individual attention it deserves, regardless of size or complexity.

Parts plated in electroless nickel boron

Tin Plating Specifications

Tin is a shiny, silvery-white material with low hardness properties and a melting point of 450 degrees Fahrenheit. The corrosion resistance of electrolyte tin plating offers excellent protection against humidity, atmospheric air, oxidizing acids, aqueous solutions and mineral acids. Tin’s superior ductility allows easy bending and molding into various shapes without cracking.

Tin plating breaks down into two primary categories — bright and matte. Both processes involve electrolyte application. Bright tin is known for its high gloss and works exceptionally well for its solid current-carrying capabilities in electrical contact applications like bus bars, switching components and terminals. Matte tin suffers less stress from high temperatures and is ideal for high solderability applications.

Tin plating also has high lubricating properties, ideal for parts like plug contacts and similar machine components. Manufacturers in the automotive, home appliance, food and electronics industries rely on tin for its versatility and cost-effectiveness across a broad application range.

Parts plated in electroless nickel boron

Why Choose Tin Plating for Electric Vehicles and Other Electronic Devices?

KC Jones offers bright and matte tin plating services for most finishing projects. Bright tin plating is perfect for battery electric vehicle (BEV) components requiring selective plating in non-welding or non-soldering applications. Several reasons why tin plating is ideal for the electric vehicle industry are:

  • Improved conductivity: Because of its high conductivity, tin plating is ideal for electric vehicle components and electronic devices.
  • Increased durability: Tin is corrosion resistant, ensuring long-lasting performance in harsh automotive and electronic environments.
  • Enhanced reliability: Tin plating provides consistent and reliable performance, reducing the risk of electrical failures and improving the safety of electric vehicles and electronic components.
  • Eco-friendly: Tin is a nontoxic material, making it an environmentally friendly choice for plating electric vehicle parts and other electronic components.

Because matte plating is free of brighteners, it works well for soldering and metals requiring low conductivity.

Other benefits of tin plating include:

  • Cost efficiency: Tin offers significant cost savings because it is relatively inexpensive compared to other plating options.
  • Exceptional shielding: Because of its durability and high resistance against oxidation, tin plating works well as a shield for more vulnerable metals like iron or copper.
  • High ductility: Tin’s malleability makes it the perfect plating option that requires secondary machining or finishing processes.

Advantages of Choosing KC Jones for Custom Tin Plating Solutions

The KC Jones team goes the extra mile to deliver the highest customer satisfaction, from developing creative solutions to offering value-added services after plating. We’ll inform you of your project status with streamlined communication, starting at the consultation phase and ending with product delivery.

Besides practicing strict company-wide standards for consistency and quality, KC Jones holds numerous industry certifications, including ISO 9001:2015 certification, National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) membership and various accreditations with the National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program (Nadcap).

When you choose KC Jones for your tin plating needs, you'll enjoy additional advantages like:

  • Vast experience: Our engineers have decades of experience helping clients achieve high-quality results with our tin plating services.
  • Superior quality: We utilize strict manufacturing guidelines and quality control parameters to meet client expectations and ensure high customer satisfaction.
  • Advanced technology: We use innovative chemical processes and modern equipment to deliver the best tin plating services for electric vehicles, electronic devices and other precision components.
  • Tailor-made solutions: Our engineers can work with your team to understand your needs and create a customized solution for your unique application.

Connect With the Professionals at KC Jones Plating Today

The engineering team at KC Jones leverages decades of combined expertise, cutting-edge plating technology and advanced finishing processes to solve your most challenging plating projects. Our tin plating solutions are just one example of the many superior services we provide to electric vehicle companies, electronic manufacturers and operations in other industries.