Advanced Surface Technologies Inc, known as AST are specialists, providing metal finishing services, particularly of Electroless Nickel Plating and Gold Plating. Serving Colorado and across the nation, for the past forty- six years, it was formerly Front Range Plating and Swiss Lenox since it the business was started, in 1967.
This high quality metal finishing company plates with electroless plating on nickel silver with
- Silver plating
- Gold plating
- Tin plating
- Magnesium plating
- Electrolytic nickel plating
- Chemical conversion coatings
Among the regular AST customers are OEM’s and high- end machine shops all of whose quality requirements have to be of the highest standard.
About Gold Plating
Many jewelry manufacturers manufacture costume jewelry that is gold plated, providing a market for less affluent customers to wear and look good in look-alike less costly jewelry. These are often set with synthetic laboratory manufactured stones, giving great opportunity for matching appropriate pieces to outfits of clothing.
At AST, gold plating parts from substrates of Aluminum to those of Steel are on offer. AST have equipment for rack plating or for barrel plating, and are able to accommodate gold plating easily, no matter whether the parts are big or small.
It is necessary for the gold plating procedure to be within a controlled environment, so AST operates with independent air systems that are a separate entity from the other plating processes.
The high performance hard gold plating from AST specializes for the best soft gold plating that is not only functional but also looks good, which is required for the cosmetic industry.
AST gold plating services comply with the specifications necessary for the different categories, MIL-G-45204, AMS 2422, and ASTM B488. The Gold Plating is further provided with the different types of purity – 11, 111, and there are a variety of hardness grades as well. These range from 90 knoop to 2012 knoop.
Catering to a range of industries across the board, AST with their specialized gold plating, have serviced industries that include those of aerospace and electronics. By the resistance to oxidization, together with good electrical conductivity, this has proved AST gold plating services perfect for electrical contacts and other applications, as well as that involved with sporadic electrical contact. Furthermore, AST are committed to bettering the environment, certified ISO14000, as well as being equipped with the most advanced computer- operated system for waste treatment.
- Stainless steel
- Any metal
Boron Nitride Electroless Nickel
AST is equipped with the advanced technological plating composite of Boron Nitride Electroless Nickel (BNEN)
This is a process incorporating Boron Nitride particles into a medium-phosphorus deposit of Electroless Nickel deposit with thicknesses that range from .00005-.002 inches, making BNEN excellent for parts requiring hardness and lubricity. It can be plated on Copper, Brass, Aluminum, Steel and Stainless Steel. Among the benefits of BNEN are low coefficient of friction, high abrasion resistance and superior release.
Deposits of BNEN can be heat treated for attaining the maximum hardness needed for ultra wearing applications.