Silver plating is a very popular choice for many industries including medical, electronics, telecommunications, automotive, and many more. Silver plating exhibits excellent anti-galling properties, high lubricity, a wide operating temperature range, good corrosion resistance, and exceptional conductivity.
Silver is one of the most common metals used for plating in the medical industry because it boasts a wealth of beneficial qualities plus it is biocompatible and inherently resistant to bacteria. Silver is also extremely ductile which makes it a great choice for shape-memory devices and high precision instruments.
What are the benefits of choosing silver plating for your medical applications?
Manufacturability Silver is easy to manufacture and adhere or join to other metals.
Biocompatible The material is able to come into contact with the human body without causing an adverse (or allergic) reaction.
Antimicrobial/Antibacterial Silver inherently has characteristics that make it resistant to microbes and bacterial growth; making items coated safer and more hygienic to use.
Corrosion Resistance Silver is resistant to corrosion which helps to extend the life of the plated item.
Lubricious Surface Silver forms an anti-seizing and anti-galling coating over the metal part allowing it to move more freely.
High Electrical Conductivity Promotes the efficient flow of electricity which can affect the device’s functionality. Even if it becomes tarnished, silver still retains its excellent electrical conductivity properties.
High Thermal Conductivity Allows good heat dissipation in vacuum environments.  
High Light Reflectivity Silver has the highest degree of optical reflectivity of any metal which makes it ideal for items such as medical lasers.
Cost Effective Silver is one of the least expensive precious metals and choosing it over other precious metals, such as gold or palladium, can save you quite a bit of money.
What are the most common types of medical applications silver plating is utilized in?
Silver plating has so many beneficial qualities that there are numerous medical applications and many different ways within each application that silver is used, such as:
  • Battery contacts
  • Catheters
  • Connectors
  • Contact pins
  • Endoscopic and Arthroscopic tools and scanners
  • Forceps
  • Glucose monitors
  • Insulin pumps
  • Medical lasers
  • MRI machines
  • RF (Radio Frequency) coils and amplifiers
  • RF ablation devices
  • Stethoscopes
  • Switches
  • And so much more
While the right coating or plating for your critical application is best defined by your process engineer, we are always here to assist you. UC Components, Inc. has been the world leader in clean-critical hardware since 1974. By partnering with experts like us in engineering and supply, manufacturers like you not only solve incumbent issues such as galling, but also boost safety, quality, speed to market, and profitability.
How can UC Components help you?
UC Components, Inc.’s RediVac® fasteners, washers, hex nuts, and O-rings are specifically designed for use in a wide range of high vacuum applications and clean-critical environments. We offer a range of finishing processes, including coatings and platings that are designed to prevent galling and/or improve the corrosion resistance of the treated component. All are vacuum compatible and dependant on your specific process chemistry.
Our plating and coating finishing processes include:  
Also, every single one of our RediVac® components, from silver plated screws to WS2 coated washers to untreated hex nuts, goes through our certified Class 100 / ISO Class 5 Cleanroom precision cleaning and packaging processes prior to shipment. Your parts arrive ready for vacuum service.
Take a moment to look over our standard products. Can’t find exactly what you are looking for? We specialize in prototypes and custom parts which are not listed in our standard online product offerings. Give us a call or send us an RFQ. Our experts are here to help you select the right fasteners for your specific application. Contact UC Components today.