New ASTM B545 2013 Edition released on Electrodeposited Tin

ASTM B545 2013 Edition, “Standard Specification for Electrodeposited Coatings of Tin,” has just been released.  It is the first revision of the document since 1997.  It is one of the basic plating specifications used by our customers, and a frequently order document as well.

ASTM B545 – 13 covers the requirements for electrodeposited coatings of tin used on metallic articles.  Tin coatings create a low contact-resistance surface which means the articles are protected against corrosion.  Tin coatings also facilitate soldering, provide anti-galling properties, and are a stopoff coating in the nitriding of high-strength steels.

Changes can be found in the following sections:

  • 4.3.3, Flow-Brightened Electrodeposits
  • 5.1.8
  • 6.6, Adhesion
  • 6.7.1, Gross Defects/Mechanical Damage
  • 6.10, Deposit Purity
  • Appendix X2, Adhesion Tests
  • Appendix X3, Solderability Tests
  • Appendix X4, Some Definitions of Wetting Terminology
  • Appendix X5, Sulfur Dioxide Porosity Test (Steel Substrates)
  • Appendix X6, Design Considerations
  • References

If you need to see the specific changes themselves, please purchase the Redline Edition of the standard.  You’ll get 2 copies — the new 2013 Edition and a copy of the previous 1997 Edition with the changes clearly marked.  You can request the Redline copy in your order notes when you place your web order.  There is a slight increase in price for this service.

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And if you’d like to see similar standards, may we suggest that you review either the Document Center List of Plating Specifications  or our Document Center List of Standards on Metallic Coatings.

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