Industrial Hard Chrome

What Is Industrial Hard Chrome

Industrial chromium plating, also known as hard chrome or engineered chrome, is used to provide a working surface that requires one or more of the following characteristics: to reduce friction, add wear resistance, or increase corrosion resistance, as well as, chemical inertness, wetting or galling. It is very hard, measuring between 66 to 70 HRC. Hard chrome tends to be thicker than the decorative treatment, but thinner layers are not uncommon. Surface defects and roughness are amplified, because hard chrome does not have a leveling effect.

While industrial hard chrome does provide an attractive finish, it is not to be confused with decorative chrome (such as might be applied to furniture, hub caps, exhaust pipes, etc.). Whereas decorative chrome is intended primarily to provide aesthetic appeal, industrial hard chrome is a rugged and durable plating designed specifically to resist corrosion and wear.

Substrates For Hard Chrome

Industrial hard chrome plating can be applied to a wide variety of materials (substrates) including:

  • Stainless Steel
  • Cast Iron
  • Aluminum (Ni/Cr Process)
  • Copper
  • Bronze
  • Nickel
  • Steel

Have a part not shown in the list above? Contact our sales department to find out if industrial hard chrome plating may still be a good option for your particular situation.

Finishes and Options 

  • Satin
  • Matte
  • Ground
  • Polished
  • Honed
  • RMS (8 micro or above)

The above finishes are achieved by special pre-plate processes specific to the customer's request and application.

Our Production Capabilities

From our state-of-the-art 30,000 square foot facility in Canton OH, we provide full-service plating to customers from across the Midwest. Our production capabilities include:

  • Nine Plating Tanks for Fast Turn-Around
  • Plating Capabilities Up To 324” in Length and 30” O.D.
  • Flash to a Heavy Build-Up of .050” (Chrome)
  • Tolerances Within .0002”
  • Small and Large Parts
  • Rack
  • Prototypes
  • Production Runs From 1-1MM Pieces


Maximum Weight 6,000 lbs 6,000 lbs 4,000 lbs 3,000 lbs
Maximum Diameter 30" 24" 32" 12"
Maximum Length 324" 130" 240" 240"
Maximum Width 144" 32" --
Tank Depth 192" 42" --

From start to finish, we understand that every step of the production process is critical to achieving the standards both we and our customers expect. That’s why we can also provide pre- and post-plating services upon request such as abrasive blasting, buffing and polishing, centerless belt-sanding, and stripping. See Extended Services for a complete list.

Our chrome plating facility in Canton Ohio puts us in close proximity to Akron, Cleveland, Columbus and Youngstown Ohio, as well as Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. We plate hard chromium for nearby customers in northern Ohio, northeast Ohio and central Ohio. Our deep plating tanks have plated industrial chromium on parts from neighboring states like Michigan, Indiana, West Virginia and Maryland.




Industrial hard chrome provides a measurable return on investment by extending product life, improving product performance, reducing down-time, improving OEM warranty-customer satisfaction, and restoring obsolete parts to OEM specs. Industrial hard chrome wears better than hardened steel or electroless nickel platings and offers a wide range of characteristics that no other material on the market possesses.

Extended Product Life

Hydraulics, molds, printing presses, and other OEM equipment use hard chrome to repair, retrofit, and extend equipment life. Industrial hard chrome can also restore and extend the life of obsolete machine parts without OEM replacements.

Corrosion Resistance

Industrial hard chrome does not corrode. Equipment can be plated to produce a bright luster exterior finish which extends equipment life and improves equipment performance in hostile environments such as:

  • Brine
  • Organic Acids
  • Gases
  • Oils
  • Sugar
  • Cyanides
  • Fruit Acids
  • Molten Glass
  • Dairy Products
  • Fuels
  • Brewing (Malts, Hops)

Improved Lubricity / Abrasion-Resistance

Hard chrome resists abrasion because of its excellent lubricity properties and significantly extends product life. Therefore, hydraulic rams, valves, bearings, pumps, cylinders, and moving parts found in manufacturing and production equipment are extensive users of hard chrome.

Durability, Strength, Hardness

Because hard-chromed products have been proven to last up to ten times longer than non-plated parts in hostile or high demand production environments, many of our customers apply hard chrome to new equipment.