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"Cadmium plating and sil glyde"

March 24, 2010

Hi My name is George, I am quality assurance manager for a sheet metal company in New York.
We are using locking pem nuts in many of our products. The screws are stainless steel and to avoid seizing we are using Sil glyde in the nuts. This product is often painted and then baked in an oven (275 deg). What we notice often is that the screw threads are stripped and or damaged after removal- Could anyone tell me if this could be from Cad plating, sil glyde, or what may be causing the problem.

george schoettlin

George Schoettlin
quality manager - Rockaway, New Jersey

March 24, 2010

Hi, George. What cad plating? You said the screws are stainless. Are the stainless steel screws cad plated? Are the nuts cad plated steel?


Ted Mooney, finishing.com
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Striving to live Aloha
finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey

March 29, 2010

Hi Ted,
(I know you won't remember me, I worked at Flextronics in Parsippany some years back. I ran the chem film tank line there for a year).
Sorry for the confusion. The pem lock nuts (LAC-032-2) are 300 grade SS. They are Cad plated per the Pem catalog.
The screws are SS. I understand that now they make a RoHS-compliant Pem nut which has a dry film lubricant of Molybdenum disulfide. That is LAC-032-2MD. When we install the screws we see some flaking material. Also does not function properly after first installation.

- TALLMAN, New York, USA

March 30, 2010

Hi, George. Nice to hear from you again. Sorry, but it's difficult to figure out quite what is going on. Cadmium plating is virtually always chromate conversion coated; the 'book' limit for chromate conversion coatings is 140 °F. Although this can be exceeded by some chromate conversion coatings, especially after curing time (which will have elapsed long before you get the PEM nuts), it is one possible source of the problem. But the Sil-glyde is not intended for baking either.

I am no expert on this subject, but I'd be inclined to believe that switching to the dry-film lubricated, non-plated, nuts is the best solution.


Ted Mooney, finishing.com
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Striving to live Aloha
finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey

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