When things don’t go as expected, we have to take a step back and examine every aspect of the plating process to eliminate any number of variables. The Ni layer is very thin, just as a barrier for Cu diffusion. Q. I have faced Au peeling problem. The failure caused by poor plating or by misunderstanding your project's application can be a mere inconvenience or it could be catastrophic - a total system failure causing loss of life. The copper coating is an important component of […] In previous columns related to the electroless nickel-immersion gold process, Michael Carano focused on plating and process defects related to mostly pre-plate process steps such as poor or inadequate cleaning, micro-etching and rinsing. Gold plating is a method of depositing a thin layer of gold onto the surface of another metal, most often copper or silver (to make silver-gilt), by chemical or electrochemical plating.This article covers plating methods used in the modern electronics industry; for more traditional methods, often used for much larger objects, see gilding. With the right approach, you can plate metals such as gold, nickel and copper onto plastics such as acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), Teflon, polycarbonate, polysulfone, phenolic and polyoxymethylene (Polyacetal). Plating onto plastics can be advantageous, but it requires specialized plating techniques and careful attention to detail. This month, he tackles additional annoyances that lead to scrap and reduce the confidence in the ENIG process. We also mechanically agitate our gold plating solution to improve coating smoothness and to prevent streaking and other defects. Electroplated copper is the most widely used preplating layer for improving the bond strength of the coating. The colors of the photographs have been enhanced to emphasize the spatial color variations. 2000. after first charge showing locally high utilization (gold color) caused by the defect and no observable plating, (d) discharged defect-containing cell after cycling showing local plating in a ring shape around the defect. Know your process and requirements for durable, high conductivity, corrosion resistant plating. The contamination of plating solutions, including dissolution of the solder resist (SR), side reaction products, and impurities (Cu, Ni, drag-in), can be a cause of the black pad phenomenon. Common Electroplating Problems… Plating is a very precise science, working with metals on the molecular level, and for the companies that we work with, absolute perfection is a necessity. 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