In order to still serve customers with high capacity requirements, facilities outfitted with smaller chroming tanks are engaging in a technique known as double-dipping. It is important to note that this practice is effective and industry accepted, but it does cost you more money and increases your turnaround time.
So, what is double-dipping?
When a facility’s chroming tanks are smaller than, or not equal to the size of your component, the facility will make up the difference by chroming one end, flipping it over and then chroming the other end, effectively “double-dipping” because the rod goes through the chroming process twice.
What you end up with is a middle area with a larger diameter of chrome, and in order to correct this, the shaft then has to be ground and polished to create a smooth and even finish. Once this lengthy process is completed, the end result is the same as a rod chromed at a facility equipped with a high capacity chroming tank.
That being said, what isn’t the same is your final cost and your turnaround time.
What are the alternatives?
Because double-dipping can tie up resources and increase turnaround times, some facilities will choose to outsource the job to a facility that can accommodate high capacity chroming. This decision is typically made when the rod is already on-site, which means the rod then has to be transported again to the secondary facility, increasing turnaround times and freight costs. If you choose this route, remember you will have to liaise with two companies rather than one.
This is a viable alternative, and depending on the location of the secondary facility, the job is often completed and returned to you faster than if the rod had been double-dipped by the original facility.
There is always the option to go directly to a high capacity facility, but due to numerous closures it is important to note that there are not a lot of facilities equipped with chroming tanks over 30 feet. If you choose to work with one of these companies, you will have to ship your rod to them, and depending on where they are located, this can add several days to your turnaround time. However, working with a high capacity facility is more cost-efficient because they do not increase the cost of chroming and you do not have to pay for additional shipping. Many high-capacity facilities have shipping specials, and depending on your location, you may qualify and be able to reduce costs again.