The Benefits of Cadmium Plating

Electroplating has been used in commercial production since the 1840’s. However, this process was invented by Luigi V. Brugnatelli in 1805. After the importance of this type of process became realized, companies such as Elkington & Mason used it as part of their regular production process. Small metal items could now be mass produced in large batches. From this came the successful production of flatware. During the following years and into the 1900’s, electroplating was used to make cheap materials resemble expensive items. Churches also took advantage of this process by coating religious items with gold and silver. As technology advanced, though, so did the importance of electroplating. In addition to looks, electroplating was now being used for longevity. Large-scale items, such as vehicle bumpers, were now being coated to promote longevity and to eliminate rusting. This is also where cadmium plating comes into play, along with the usefulness it has in today’s world.

Cadmium plating is the process of electroplating a strong metal coating to your desired materials. This metal has a wide variety of uses. From conductivity to erosion prevention, this plating process is imperative in today’s industrial and commercial industries.

Electrical Conductivity

Cadmium plating is excellent for use as an electrical conductor. Used on electrical wiring and connectors, this plating helps aid in smooth and efficient highly efficient electrical transfers. From sound waves to electrical charges, this popular material carries many of the same conductivity similarities as gold plating, but at a lower cost.

Corrosion Resistance

Cadmium plating is well known for its corrosion resistance. In fact, the thickness of the layers of plating can be an accurate predictor on how long it will take for the item underneath to begin to corrode. The plating is used to coat the material and rust in its place, protecting the product underneath. In other circumstances, the cadmium plating is used to prevent rusting altogether. Its elements are ideal for preventing rust in regions that have salt water, making it ideal for marine environments.


Cadmium plating is a very versatile product. It can be used in paint or paint bases. The material itself can be dyed to a large number of colors or can even be used as a clear product, if desired. A thin plate alone is very effective, making it highly usable in all situations. Thicker layers can be used when preferred. This electroplating is also excellent on bonding surfaces, making it imperative for use in both aviation and the military.

Cadmium plating has been known for its toxicity and has had environmental concerns. However, the benefits to this type of electroplating have still made cadmium plating essential and unavoidable in our industrial world. While we know of the concerns regarding this product. We also know of the many uses and benefits. We strive to ensure that our electroplating is conducted in the safest manner possible, both for our staff and the environment. With over 25 years of experience, we can work with you to suggest the best types of plating for your specific use, as well as to address any questions or concerns you may have regarding your product. At SunGlo, our business is coating. When you are ready to have your product completed, we are here and happy to help.