Silver electroplating is determined by an engineer. Engineers often choose silver electroplating options over others, including gold electroplating, because it is a more cost-efficient option. You will notice that silver is much cheaper than gold.
This concept also applies to electroplating. Silver plating prolongs the life span of your material without significantly increasing costs.
Silver Is Superior to Tin
Similar electroplating minerals such as tin do not provide the same benefits as silver. Tin was once referred to as the “poor man’s silver.” Tin is not corrosion-resistant. It does not possess the same conductivity property as silver. It also melts at much lower temperatures. Silver is nearly 350 percent more resistant to heat than tin.
Heat resistance is especially important in certain products such as generators and electrical wiring. Silver is a precious metal that tin cannot replace.
Common products that utilize silver electroplating include:
• Musical instruments
• Solar energy
• Semi-conductors and connectors
Silver has conductive properties that work excellently for electronics, solar energy panels, and semiconductors. Beyond its conducive properties, silver’s surface has antibacterial elements.
Silver is extremely valuable in the medical field. Silver instruments are used in laboratories because they are resistant to bacteria preventing contamination and infection. Silver electroplated products do not rust as easily as other materials such as tin and copper.
Silver does tarnish. Companies providing silver plating will advertise their anti-tarnish coating services. The anti-tarnish coating can be incorporated into the plating, making the product low maintenance.