Military and Independent Plating Specifications: Which are Applicable to My Repair?

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Military and Independent Plating Specifications: Which are Applicable to My Repair?

There are hundreds of plating specifications in today’s industries. Military and independent specifications can be hard to understand and even harder to determine which approved vendor to use.

Military specifications are continually revised to help restore military equipment and preserve capital investments of the military systems. Through preventive maintenance and service checks, military equipment is maintained in accordance with its design specifications. To ensure repairs are conducted in the same manner every time, specifications or standard have been developed.

Independent standards are also routinely revised by SAE and IAQG to assure customer satisfaction. Aviation, space and defense organizations implement initiatives that make significant improvements in quality and reduction in cost throughout all levels of the supply chain.

The most applicable standards to SIFCO ASC, and electroplating, are as follows:

Military

Mil-Std-2197 (SH) – This is a Navy standard for brush plating. This document is intended to provide guidance to military activities in developing a contact plating capability, and to aid in choosing applications for the process which can save time and money without sacrificing the reliability of the part plated or system in which it is used.

Mil-Std-865 – This is an Air Force standard for selective brush plating. Currently this document is being restructured to primarily direct operators to follow the recommendations of the solution manufacturer.

QQ-N-290 – This is a tank plating standard for nickel. All SIFCO ASC nickels meet the performance provisions of this standard.

QQ-P-416 – This is a tank plating standard for cadmium. All SIFCO ASC cadmiums meet the performance provisions, Type I, and Type II of this standard.

Mil-A-8625 – This is a tank anodizing for Type I chromic, Type 1C boric-sulfuric, Type II sulfuric and Type III hard coat. All SIFCO ASC anodizing solutions meet the performance requirements of this standard.

Independent

AMS 2451 – SAE wrote the AMS 2451 standard for the general requirements of brush plating. As Mil-Std 865 is now inactive for new designs, AMS 2451C – revised in 2011 – serves as its replacement. Within the specification some of the most used and accepted tank standards are listed and referenced.

AMS 2403 – This is a tank plating standard for nickel. All SIFCO ASC nickels, except 2085, 5644, 5646, and 5650, meet the performance provisions of this standard

AMS 2423 – This is a tank plating standard for nickel. SIFCO ASC’s AeroNikl® 400 & 575 meet the performance provisions of this standard.

AMS 2424 – This is a tank plating standard for nickel. SIFCO ASC’s AeroNikl® 250 meets all performance provisions.

If you have a need for plating to any of the specifications listed, contact us at 800-765-4131 or info@sifcoasc.com. For a list of all of the industry specifications we meet, click here. For a list of all commercial specification met, click here.