Enhancing Plastic with a Coating: Chemical Metallization for Conductivity and Shielding
Deposition of metals – Cu, Ni, Sn, Ag – electroless on plastic parts to achieve a high degree of shielding from electromagnetic interference. The coating can be total or selective, only on specific parts of the product. For electronics, telecommunications, industrial automation. In addition to chemical metal deposition processes, there are also conductive coatings with high precision spray application.
Metal Deposition, Sive’s Technologies
The technology of chemical (electroless) metallization on plastic parts is one of Sive’s historical treatments. It is a complex process developed in the 1990s to meet the high standards of electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding required by clients such as Schneider Electric for its developing PLC systems. Since then, continuous evolution of the technology and the chemical metallization process have not only allowed us to stay in the market but to acquire new customers and provide increasingly precise custom solutions.
The process offers the possibility of depositing thin layers of metals such as Copper (Cu), Nickel (Ni), Tin (Sn) on plastic components, even selectively, i.e., only on certain parts of the component.
Currently, Sive is the only company in Europe to apply this chemical metallization process, which guarantees an excellent level of electromagnetic interference shielding.
Advanced Application of Conductive Coatings
In addition to chemical metallization processes, Sive has perfected the technique of applying conductive coatings based on silver (Ag), copper (Cu), nickel (Ni), through spraying. These metallizations can give excellent conductivity to plastic parts, and thanks to our expertise in fine-tuning the equipment, we are able to offer an extremely precise degree of selectivity even on very complex geometric shapes.
Whether it’s prototypes, small batches or large-scale production, our process ensures that your tools and electronic equipment are adequately protected and shielded from electromagnetic interference.
Customized Metal Deposition Services for Various Needs
Each industrial sector has its own peculiarities. That’s why we offer total or selective metallization processes to adapt to a variety of applications, especially in the fields of electronics, telecommunications, and industrial automation: our metallization solutions are designed and fine-tuned to meet the specific requirements and specifications of our clients.