AMS-P-81728 Updated

More plating spec news this week!  AMS-P-81728, “Plating, Tin-Lead (Electrodeposited),” has been updated and the new Revision B is available from Document Center Inc. now.  This new document replaces the previous Revision A from 2012, which is now obsolete and withdrawn.

AMS-P-81728 is the replacement specification for the old mil-spec MIL-P-81728, also titled “Plating, Tin-Lead (Electrodeposited).”  Cancelled in June 1998, the publication was immediately adopted and republished by SAE.  Since then, there have been 2 updates to the spec.

AMS-P-81728 B basically covers the requirements for electrodeposited tin-lead plating.  The intended applications for this type of plating are for use as a coating for corrosion protection and as a base for soldering.  Like the other two plating specs I’ve reviewed this week, it is one of our most popular documents for plating applications here at Document Center.

Many times the rationale for a new revision are complex.  In this case, Revision B was released for a simple reason:  When Revision A was released in 2012, the document dropped the Table 3.  This new Revision B puts it back into the specification!

However, for all of you using the AMS-P-81728, you will need a copy of the new edition.  And you’ll want to make sure that you get your copy from an authorized distributor.  Here, you can rely on Document Center Inc. to provide you with copies in either paper format or for pdf download.  It’s easy to order using our webstore,  Here’s the direct link for ordering the AMS-P-81728.

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There’s a new AMS P 81728 Revision A on Plating, Tin-Lead (Electrodeposited)

SAE has just released the new Revision A for AMS P 81728, “Plating, Tin-Lead (Electrodeposited), ” and it’s available now from Document Center Inc.  This new 13-page revision covers the requirements for electrodeposited tin-lead plating intended for use as a coating for corrosion protection and as a base for soldering.

The document has a long and storied career.  It was originally released in 1969 as MIL-P-81728 with the same title as today.  The document was revised in 1973 and then cancelled and replaced by the AMS-P-81728 in 1998 as part of Mil Spec Reform.  The first AMS publication was a reprint of the original MIL-P-81728 Revision A with the amendment 1 changes included.  Now that Military Specification language has been revised.

The document illustrates how fundamental to many industries the old military standards and specifications were.  Even though they were originally generated to support DoD (Department of Defense) procurement, these publications came to be the standard throughout many U.S. industries, most notably the aerospace sector.  When the military decided that supporting a DoD-based specification bureaucracy was no longer fiscally sound, many of the documents went through a migration into the hands of industry based Standards Developing Organizations.

The continued vitality of a document like the AMS P 81728A is a sign that this migration has been successful in marrying the needs of both the commercial and defense sectors.

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The Plating Spec Poster – A handy tool for plating and coating specialists

Techplate’s Plating and Anodizing Specifications Chart is a handy wall chart developed to summarize a variety of frequently referenced plating specs.

The 2006 Edition covers a wide variety of metals and coatings.  Various classes are covered, along with thicknesses, and applications.  It’s 18 inches wide by 24 inches high, so it’s easy to post and reference.

Here is a list of some of the coatings covered and specs that apply:

Anodic Coatings MIL-A-8625
Black Chromium Plating MIL-DTL-14538
Black Oxide Coating MIL-DTL-13924 and AMS-2485
Cadmium Plating AMS-2700 and ASTM-B766
Chemical Conversion Coatings MIL-DTL-5541
Chromium Plating AMS-2460
Chemical Finish Black MIL-F-495
Copper AMS-2418
Electroless Nickel Coatings AMS-2404 and AMS-C-26074
Electropolish ASTM-B912
Gold Plating ASTM-B488 and AMS-2422
Lubricant, Solid Film MIL-PRF-46010
Magnesium Anodic Treatment AMS-M-45202 and ASTM-D1732
Magnesium Chromic Treatment AMS-M-3171
Nickel Coatings AMS-QQ-N-290 and AMS-2403
Passivation Treatments AMS-2700
Light Phosphate Coating TT-C-490
Heavy Phosphate Coating MIL-DTL-16232
Salt Bath Nitride AMS-2753
Silver Plating ASTM-B700
Sulfamate Nickel MIL-P-27418
Tin Coatings ASTM-B545
Tin Lead Plating AMS-P-81728
Vacuum Cadmium Plating AMS-C-8837
Zinc ASTM-B633
Zinc Alloy Plating ASTM-B840 and ASTM-B841