Advanced Plating Technologies to Exhibit at 2023 Shot Show

Milwaukee, WI December 27th, 2022 – Advanced Plating Technologies is excited to announce that we will be exhibiting for the 20th consecutive year at the SHOT Show this January 17 – 20 at Booth # 13929 in the Venetion Expo and hope you can make it there as well.

We will have our engineered coatings for casings, projectiles, firearm and optic components to show off so you can see it all in person. This is your chance to experience it all and talk to one of our team members face to face. The SHOT Show is the only event where businesses focused on shooting sports, hunting, law enforcement and armed forces industries gather in one place. We’ll be at the SHOT Show to answer questions on our advanced coatings and how they can be used to enhance your current components.

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Advanced Plating set to Expand Gold Capacity

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Milwaukee, WI – Advanced Plating Technologies will be expanding its gold plating services to fulfill demand from various industries including electronics, medical, and defense sectors.

With the expansion APT will have a 50% increase in hard gold plating capacity. APT will also be improving capacity in high-purity deionized water rinsing and delicate drying techniques to service precision parts within demanding markets. “These increases will make APT one of the largest loose piece gold platers in the country” says Erik Probasco, Plant Manager at APT.

This investment will help APT provide reliable deliveries as well as capacity for future growth in loose piece barrel and rack gold plating for years to come.

If you have an application for gold plating, you can submit a RFQ or contact one of our certified finishing engineers to discuss your specific project further.

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APT Increasing Silver Capacity to Meet Demand

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APT Silver Plating line focused on rack silver plating of bus bars, contacts and terminal pins.

Milwaukee, WI  – With the growth of the electric vehicle, electronics, and power industries, Advanced Plating will be commissioning a third commercial silver plating line focused on providing rack semi-bright and bright silver plating. This line is engineered specifically for plating of bus bars, contacts, and terminal pins used within these various industries.

Once completed this additional line will increase APT’s silver capacity by 50% and will firmly establish APT as one of the largest loose-piece silver platers in the country. We couldn’t be more excited about the new technologies we are incorporating into this line and the additional capacity it will offer our customers.” Says Matt Lindstedt, President of APT.

The additional silver line will offer a high purity semi-bright and bright silver and will include a copper and nickel underplates to help service most specifications including QQ-S-365 and ASTM B733. In addition, various anti-tarnish systems will be available including multiple thiol based Evabrite and Tarniban options.

If you have an application for silver plating, you can submit a RFQ or contact one of our certified finishing engineers to discuss your specific project further.

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APT to Exhibit at 2022 Battery Show & EV Tech Expo

Milwaukee, WI August 2nd, 2022 – We’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be participating at The Battery Show and EV Tech Expo in Novi, Michigan at the Suburban Collection Showplace September 13th – 15th , 2022. The EV market is our fastest growing sector within our core metal finishing services including barrel and rack loose-piece plating in silver, nickel, electroless nickel, tin and tin/lead.

Established in 1948, Advanced Plating Technologies (APT) has a long history of providing conductive coatings used primarily within the power transmission and distribution industry within the greater Milwaukee/Chicago region.  For this reason, our core capabilities have been in coating of loose-piece parts that facilitate the transfer and connections of electrical power.  Whether it’s a gold plating a micro-pin to transfer a millivolt signal or silver plating contacts within high voltage switchgear – we know coatings that transfer electrons!

Advanced Plating is able to help provide conductive finishes to most electric vehicle components. With a dedicated Engineering and Technical Sales staff APT has the know-how to help provide plating solutions and design support for any EV project. Check our our plating capabilities for the Electric Vehicle Industry to learn more.

Visit us at Booth #3305, September 13-15 to learn more about our engineered solutions for electric vehicle components.

APT Advertising Proposal

APT is excited to announce the launch of it’s 2022 Firearm & Ammo Finishes Advertising Proposal for all existing and new customers.

  • Order Discounts
  • Backlink from APT Website
  • Case Study Piece
  • Post on Social Media Outlets

    Download 2022 APT Advertising Proposal

Advanced Plating Technologies will provide a 10% credit on all orders through 2022 or 12 Month term for the implementation of APT’s proprietary finish names in marketing material, packaging of products in print &digital marketing materials. The credit will be able to be used on future services. APT will also include a link to your company website from APT site and create a case study along with social posts geared towards your company and its product.

Marketing Material must be supplied to APT for review to receive the 10% discount. Advanced Plating Technologies to credit total sales with 10% at Year-end. 

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APT Truck Service helps Eliminate Supply Chain Hurdles

Have Supply Chain Challenges?

In today’s manufacturing market, supply chain managers and purchasing agents are challenged to create more effective supply chain methods. With the increase in manufacturing, Advanced Plating Truck Service freight costs and operating costs, strains on supply chains are growing, and business are now being tasked to find reliable companies they can work with.

To help alleviate those strains, APT now provides full-service turn-key plating, powder coating and delivery services to businesses throughout the Chicagoland and Southeast Wisconsin areas.

Reduce Supply Chain Lead Time

With a regional truck and turn-key abilities in plating, powder coating & logistics, Advanced Plating Tech can help reduce your supply chain lead time. APT’s truck makes weekly trips throughout the Chicagoland and Southeast Wisconsin region and can take on full size skids for a fraction of what it would cost to hire a third-party logistics company.

APT also recently increased capacity in main finishes such as Electroless Nickel, Gold Plating and Silver Plating to help provide competitive pricing. With these values adds, APT can help reduce lead time, costs and provide excellent customer service to help alleviate any supply chain challenges your company may have.

Have Questions or Want to Learn More? Give us a call at (414) 271-8138 or contact a member of our Sales Team for more information.

Ducta-bright 7a® Nickel Selected for BPSIS Ammunition

Ducta-bright 7a® Nickel is the cornerstone finish within APT’s family of ammunition and firearm finishes.  It was developed in 2010 in response to growing demands within the self-defense ammunition market for a ductile, bright nickel process that could reliably withstand the extreme stress that occurs when casings are loaded and fired repeatedly.  Traditional bright nickel systems have organic brighteners added which increase the stress in the deposit.  This results in a finish that can often crack or flake during loading and/or firing.

Ducta-bright 7a® was developed in response to this in a year-long R&D project at APT.  The goal was to create a ductile and bright nickel deposit that would be optimized for the most aggressive ammunition applications.  Of the 40 process variants that were developed and tested, group A within Lot 7 produced the best combination giving the process its signature name.

Figure 1: Ducta-bright 7a® withstands the extreme crimp of the Lehigh BPSIS Casing.


Recently Dave Fricke, President of Lehigh Defense, approached APT with a challenge for his new BPSIS (Black Powder Substitute Ignition System) casings.  Dave needed a coating that would withstand the extremely aggressive star crimp at the case mouth without flaking.  To say the crimp is aggressive is putting it lightly….the casing mouth is essentially turned into modern art through a dramatic crimp/fold process.


APT Engineering recommended Ducta-bright 7a® nickel for the application and the results illustrate how truly durable the deposit is.  The nickel finish remained fully adherent and did not crack or flake even despite the brass itself beginning to craze due to the extreme yielding of the crimp process.

Dave who was doubtful if he would find a finish suitable for the BPSIS was thrilled, “I was pessimistic about finding a finish for the BPSIS application.  Ducta-bright 7a® performed flawlessly providing a bright and durable nickel that will help ensure our rifle performs when it counts.”  Lehigh Defense is known for innovation in projectiles and firearm applications.

The use of Ducta-bright 7a® for the BPSIS system represents a great example of surface engineering innovation in partnership with Advanced Plating Technologies.  Visit Lehigh Defense for more information on the Black Powder Substitute Ignition System.


Want to learn more about APT’s Ducta-bright 7a®? Contact a member of our Technical Team to get more information. 


APT Responds to Covid-19

APT Responds to COVID-19 with Increase In Medical Metal Finishing Services

Gold Plating of Medical Devices

There are many questions and lots of uncertainty with COVID-19. Advanced Plating Technologies will remain open during this time as an essential business. APT provides services to critical industries such as medical, defense, automotive & power transmission. Advanced Plating Technologies offers a range of plated medical device coatings to improve biocompatibility as well as enhance the hardness, corrosion resistance, wear resistance or lubricity of a medical device. APT has been providing gold, tin, electroless nickel, nickel, passivation and powder coating for a variety of medical devices for a number of OEMs like G.E. Healthcare, Medtronic, W.L. Gore, 3M, Stryker:

  • Gold plating of electrical contacts, forceps, arthroscopic & endoscopic components for biocompatibility and scanning components for high temperature join-ability
  • Passivation of catheter eyelets, arthroscopic & endoscopic tools, titanium & cobalt-chrome implants and medical device springs and wire forms for corrosion resistance
  • Tin, electroless nickel and high purity nickel coatings on anesthesia delivery components, laryngoscope handles, radiation focus plates, radiation lead and tungsten shielding, and scanning components for joinability
  • Powder coating of stethoscope chest pieces, radiological vessels, component tool kits and various structural and device housing components
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Medical Device Plating

As an ISO 13485:2016 certified company, Advanced Plating Technologies recognizes the responsibility to exceed standards and expectations. APT looks forward to continuing to help our customers continue to make life saving equipment all while striving to keep our employees safe & healthy during this difficult time. A full press release was sent our to our customers and can be downloaded at the bottom of this post. APT will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as they become available.

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APT Now Offers Full Bright Silver in Barrel & Rack

Bright Silver Plating Advanced Plating Technologies is excited to bring yet another engineered solution in metal finishing: 99.9% pure, bright silver plating available in barrel and rack methods. Until recently, a bright silver of this ultra-high purity was not commercially available.  With traditional organic brightened silver baths, the organic brighteners co-deposit with the silver resulting in a reduction in silver purity.  APT’s high-purity, bright silver process provides a fine-grained, lustrous silver deposit that is hard, wear resistant and maintains the full conductivity of 99.9% pure silver.  APT’s new bright silver finish is complies with ASTM B700 Type 1, 2 or 3, Grade B, Class N or S as well as QQ-S-365, Type III, Grade A or B.  APT’s bright silver plating provides brilliant cosmetic appeal with outstanding electrical and wear properties for industries including the power transmission & distribution, telecommunications, electrical interconnect, aerospace, medical and automotive industries.

In addition, APT is adding capacity in silver plating with the on-going construction of a new barrel silver plating line.  This line has been engineered to accommodate high volume barrel silver plating in bright, semi-bright and matte silver plating and will provide both copper and nickel underplates.  The new line will be completed mid-year 2019 and will ensure that APT maintains both the capacity and competitive lead times to service our customer base.  The addition of this new barrel silver line will allow for increased capacity and reduced lead times in APT’s current core business of rack silver plating services.

If you have an interest in APT’s fully bright silver plating, you can submit a RFQ or contact one of our certified finishing engineers to learn more about this new technology.

APT Adds Truck Service into Chicago Area

Advanced Plating Technologies Now Runs Weekly Truck into Chicago

Advanced Plating Technologies have officially launched their newest service – freight & logistics. Starting in the tail end of 2018 as a beta test, APT is now fully up and running on weekly trips into the Greater Chicago & Milwaukee areas. The new truck can accommodate pick ups of full size skids eliminating any logistical hurdles. “We’re all very excited to have the truck up and running full time” said company President Matt Lindstedt, “Coupling the new freight service with our increased capacity, fast lead times and competitive pricing, this truck allows us to help customers get high quality parts faster.”

Advanced Plating Technologies also is completing a new high capacity barrel silver plating line. The new plating line will produce the fastest barrel silver lead times in the Midwest, if not the country. In addition to silver plating, APT has increased capacity for tin plating and nickel plating – both in rack & barrel. If you are interested in having APT provide you a turnkey solution for your plating request a quote today or call us to discuss at 414-271-8138.

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