AMS QQ-P-416 for cadmium plating revised

AMS QQ-P-416, “Plating, Cadmium (Electrodeposited),” has just been revised and the new Revision E is available from Document Center Inc.  You’ll be able to purchase this new update in paper format or for pdf download.  It replaces the Revision D from July 2015 (now obsolete.)

AMS QQ-P-416 has come a long way since it migrated from being a Federal Specification to an industry standard.  Yet it continues to be a heavily used document throughout industry.  It is the go-to standard for electrodeposited cadmium plating and has been for years.

The update resolves a couple of issues.  First, there were some errors in Table 1a in the last edition and these have been corrected.  Additionally, the ’24 hour minimum’ has been removed from the drying time requirement of

As you can see, these corrections make this a technical update and one that you’ll need to purchase if you are complying to this standard.  How do you get your copy?  Head to Document Center’s web store at and order online.  Here’s the direct link to the order page for AMS QQ-P-416.

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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