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In aerospace and defense, the use of high strength steel is common for structural components like landing gear. While these materials offer good strength, they have poor wear and corrosion surface properties, requiring protective coatings for wear and corrosion resistance to be added to the steel. Engineering hard chrome plating (EHC - also known as engineered hard chrome, functional hard chrome, electrolytic hard chrome and industrial hard chrome plating) is widely used to protect the surface of the steel. Due to increasingly strict regulations on toxic hexavalent chromium emissions, a trend that will undoubtedly continue, production costs are on the rise and there is a huge push to find environmentally benign alternatives.
About 10 years ago, Integran embarked on an effort to develop a "green" alternative to toxic hard chrome plating, which became our Nanovate CoP plating process. Nanovate is Integran's line on nanocrystalline metal electroplating processes and "CoP" signifies that the metal is a Cobalt Phosphorous alloy.