Printing/Foil industry

hard chrome from matt to mirror finish

Various surface qualities are required in the printing and foil industry. Rough matt chrome surfaces have an optimal grip, which improves the conveyability of feed rolls. If, on the other hand, you want a high-gloss finish, we can work the hard chrome surface right up to a mirror finish. In general, the hard chrome layer is characterized by its anti-adhesive properties, which prevent “sticking” or “caking” on the rollers.

The optimum surface quality

Matt hard chrome

In order to achieve a structured surface, the workpieces are blasted before the coating process. The blasting creates the specified peak-to-valley height. After the surface finishing, the components have a structured hard chrome layer and stand out visually through a matt surface. Via the defined peak-to-valley height the grip of feed rollers can be controlled for example. Learn more about our blasting processes.

Mirror finish

With the Superfinishing procedure, a surface quality up to a mirror finish can be created. Very fine Finish tapes (up to 3 µm) are used for this purpose. Mirror finish is required if the use of the component requires an absolutely homogeneous, clean and smooth surface. Learn more about the superfinishing process.

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Properties of the hard chrome layer:

  • Layer Thickness: 0.003 bis 0.500 mm
  • Hardness: > 850 HV 0.1
  • Roughness: Rmax < 0.1 μm to Rz 70 μm
  • Lead and cadmium free (RoHS compliant)

Typical components of the printing and foil industry that are hard chrome-plated

Examples from the foil industry

Mirror rollers, mirror screws, engraved rollers, spiral mandrel distributors, embossing rollers, heating and cooling rollers, drive rollers, nozzles and mandrels

Examples from the printing industry

Printing and plate cylinders, dampening distribution cylinders, duct rollers, metering rollers, feed rollers

Learn more about our hard chrome processes.

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Dimensions of your components:

  • Vertical chrome plating: ⌀ 1300 x 4700 mm or 8000 mm with rotation of the workpiece
  • Horizontal chrome plating: ⌀ 60 x 6500 mm
  • Forms: 1700 x 1500 x 1300 mm
  • Weight: 5000 kg

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Our core processes

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Electroless nickel

For hardness, wear resistance and very high corrosion protection with even layer thickness distribution.

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Hard chrome

For corrosion protection, tribological properties and a particularly high wear resistance against mechanical stress.

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Precision grinding

For dimensional accuracy, roughness depth and bearing ratio depending on the requested surface quality.

Betz-Chrom – your partner for strong parts

In the spirit of a trustful partnership, you will receive highly qualified technical advice from us that is tailored to your needs. We combine over 65 years of experience in surface technology with an innovative and inquisitive corporate culture. Our quality awareness and our commitment to the environment is TÜV-approved and certified according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2015 as well as DIN EN ISO 50001: 2018 and DIN EN ISO 14001:2015. As an on-schedule partner with high quality standards, we constantly aim to find the optimal process solution for you.

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