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Thickness measurement for copper-nickel-chrome plating on plastics?

Q. We are a job-plater in Jakarta (Indonesia) specialized in copper-nickel-chrome plating on ABS plastics.

We are looking for thickness meter that can measure the thicknesses of copper, multi layered nickel, and chrome plating on the plastics substrate. Please anyone who knows the right device kindly help us.

Thank you, Irwan.

Irwan Nusantara
- Jakarta, Indonesia


A. Dear Sir:

I believe that you could use a Kocour Electronic Thickness Tester for your application. The plated coating itself will serve as the electrical contact. You will de-plate chromium, nickel, copper, and when you hit plastic the machine will shut itself off, registering the thickness. This machine is dependable and has been on the market for decades, although updated constantly.

Please be advised that this is a destructive test, and that the part will have a tiny circle down to the plastic when the test is over. Contact can be made to Kocour Company in Chicago, Illinois. USA

Good luck!

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- Pennsylvania
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Need thickness measurement instrument for plating on ABS plastic parts

RFQ: We need a measuring instrument for thickness layer on ABS plastic parts: copper, nickel, and chrome.

plant for electroplating of plastic - Bijeljina, Bosnia, Bosnia and Herzegowina

Ed. note: Sorry, this RFQ is outdated so private contact is no longer available, but public technical replies are still welcome! No public brand/source suggestions please ( huh? why?)

Plating quality measurement on chrome plated ABS parts

(to help readers better understand the Q&A's)

ABS is an acronym for 'Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene'. It is the most commonly plated plastic because it has good engineering properties to make items from plus, because of the mixture of plastics, it can be etched to a sponge-like surface for excellent adhesion of the plated layer.

Q. Hi,

I am looking for testing chrome plated ABS parts like shower heads, etc., mostly sanitary and bath fittings. All I can think of are the tests like salt spray tests, climate tests (tests at high temp and low temp), plating thickness, etc.
Can anybody suggest me is there any other characteristic that I need to look at?
Thanks in advance for your answers.

home solutions - Bangalore, India

A. Hi,

I also recommend to do some adhesion tests with the "cross-cut" procedure. Hope I wrote it correct.


Dominik Michalek
- Mexico City, Mexico

November 29, 2008


PC = polycarbonate

Q. Dear Sir,
I would like to know the test method to check the chrome, nickel & copper thickness of chrome plated ABS + PC plastic part.



Q. Respected sir,

A problem in ABS plating we are facing:
- Measurement of acid copper thickness on ABS plastic.

Please advise me; thanks a lot.

Muhammad Amir
automotive - Karachi Pakistan
June 26, 2015

A. For layer by layer testing Use XRF type coating thickness tester, or you can use electrolytic (coulometric> as a cheap solution.

Ahd Ali
Professional - Lahore, Pakistan
February 28, 2022

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