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topic 12431

Substitution for tin plate


Is there a plate that can replace Tin Plate? I mean this plate is also compatible price, mechanical properties, solderability and corrosion.

Mike S. Lu
- Indianapolis, Indiana


For comparable price, mechanical properties, solderability, and corrosion resistance, I would suggest tin plating your parts, although maybe I missed something.

But you did not describe what you do, what kind of parts you are making, or what problem you are having with tin.

Please try your best to post your own actual situation, rather than an abstract question, Mike. Thanks.

Ted Mooney, Teds signature
Ted Mooney, P.E. RET
Pine Beach, New Jersey


High purity aluminum may be an alternative to Tin. Aluminum has similar mechanical properties, has been used as a brazing media and offers superior corrosion resistance. Please tell me more about your application.

Gus Vallejo
- Minneapolis, Minnesota


One of the main reasons typical to not using tin is the "whisker growth" associated with the metal. Whisker growth in the electronics industry can be a disaster. If this is the issue, most OEM's are utilizing tin-lead to eliminate this situation.

Tim Martin
plating shop - Springfield, Massachusetts

November 2013

Thanks Tim. That's an example of why I'd like to know Mike's situation. Tin-lead may be fine for electronics use, but how about for lining a copper pot? :-)


Ted Mooney,
Teds signature
Ted Mooney, P.E. RET
Pine Beach, New Jersey

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