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Options for using tin plated terminals above the rated temperature?

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Q. Hello, I was wondering anything can be done to increase the operating temperature of a tin plated copper electrical terminal?

The tin seems to form an oxide above about 400 °F and is introducing significant contamination to the assembly. Unfortunately, this is a unique component and I am not easily able to find substitutions.

I was wondering if it's feasible to apply another finish with a higher service temperature over the tin, such as silver or nickel plating, but I've had difficultly researching this.

Any feedback is much appreciated, thank you.

Paul Rossi
- Milford, Connecticut
January 18, 2024




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