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Surface Activation® – No chrome etching – No sandblasting
Outstanding RFI / EMI shielding

Tired of high fallout and costly rejects? SAT has the answer with Surface Activation®. SAT can plate your parts with zero dimensional loss and increase production yields to levels never before seen in the industry - no chromic etching or sandblasting needed.

Can your plating source compete with SAT’s performance?

  • RFI / EMI shielding: Ultem, PEEK, Ryton, etc.
  • The best plating adhesion in the industry
  • Use the lightest and strongest polymers

Aircraft OEMs are putting suppliers under increasing pressure to reduce weight and still meet performance requirements. Operating costs continue to rise and the need for lighter and more efficient aircraft is a necessity. Seat components, multi-pin connectors, avionics systems, and engine parts must combine strength and lightness. SAT gives you more material options.

  • Ultem
  • Nylon
  • PVC
  • PEEK
  • PAEK
  • Ryton

and many more

With Surface Activation®, SAT Plating gives you the opportunity to use the best polymers available for your innovative product – save money, reduce weight, enhance capabilities.

SAT Plating's new SelectPlate™ process allows biocompatible polymers to be electroplated to achieve superior performance characteristics.

Deliver innovative products to market faster
Broad range of substrate & design capabilities
Be a technology leader in your industry

We live in an increasingly "connected world" that allows us to communicate with our household appliances, security systems, light fixtures and vehicles.The medical industry also operates in this "connected" environment. Implantable devices, chemotherapy ports, pharmaceutical dispensers, and intravenous tubes can now communicate with physicians, caretakers and us. As medical devices continue to evolve, there is an increasing need for smaller and more capable batteries, sensors, and component applications (i.e. electro-surgical devices, radiopaque markers).

To facilitate these emerging concepts getting to market, electrical conductivity, signal detection, localized heating, and EMI/RFI shielding are some of the critical performance characteristics required. Previously, design engineers faced limited options in biocompatible polymers with even fewer polymers that could achieve necessary performance requirements. With SAT Plating's SelectPlate™ process, these barriers are now removed. Device manufacturers can include the best polymers in their designs to create the cutting edge technology that the market demands.

Plateable Substrates
  • Polypropylene (PP)
  • Polyurethane (PUR)
  • Polystyrene (PS)
  • Polyester Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
  • Polyether sulfone (PES)
  • Polyethylene (PE)
  • Polysulfone (PSU)
  • Polyetheretherketone (PEEK)
  • Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPE, TPU)
  • Thermoset Elastomers, Poly-p-xylylene (Parylene)
  • Polyamides (Nylon)
  • Polyimides (PI)
  • Polyacrylate (PMMA)

Plating the entire substrate or selectively plating films, fibers, tubes, or geometrically dynamic parts is possible. In the above photo, a small gold band plated onto different biocompatible polymers acts as a radiopaque marker. Likewise, a small circuit can be plated for signal attenuation. Additionally, copper plating can be used with a subsequent polymeric coating applied over it for certain applications.

SAT Plating collaborates with customers to provide the innovative technologies needed to drive the technology and the medical device market.