Plating Systems

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Our divisions, PriceWalgren and Jessup Systems, have nearly 160 years of combined experience providing turnkey anodizing and plating systems.  We are the leading manufacturers of programmable automatic plating hoist systems, producing equipment for barrel plating, rack plating, alodine and anodize, electrocoat, phosphate coating and dye penetrant inspection.

Our SURFACE FINISHING EQUIPMENT is used for these processes:

  • All Plating Technologies
  • Plating on Plastics
  • Phosphate Coating
  • Anodize
  • Alodine
  • Autophoretic
  • Electrocoat
  • Electropolishing
  • Electroless Nickel
  • Dye penetrant inspection

Barrel Plating Systems

We have installed hundreds of turnkey automatic barrel finishing systems.  We design and assemble everything from new automatic plate-bake-chromate equipment, to hoist and control upgrades of existing plating equipment.  Our turnkey barrel plating system options include single or multiple hoists, process tanks, and dryers.  Integrated systems include HMI-PC-PLC control for rectifiers, ventilation, air agitation and waste treatment.  Our automatic tote box dumpers, vibratory feeders, scales, load/unload chutes, and powered shuttles reduce labor content.

Our high capacity poly, steel, and stainless steel barrels improve productivity and quality.  Our cylindrical plating barrel designs provide 18% more capacity than polygonal types.  Consistent part-to-anode spacing speeds the plating process.  We also provide more consistent plating through custom tumbler rib placement.  Positive electrical contact is the result of a single-point saddle and barrel drive design.  Programmable plating barrel rotation and oscillation is available with a touch of the HMI.

Rack Plating Systems

Our turnkey rack plating equipment options include single or multiple hoists with variable speed drives and ultrasonic work bar detection, and our standard features include safety set-down legs and anti-sway bars.

Custom features include direction of travel rack tip, cross direction of travel rack tilt, and programmable drip tray capacity to manage part drainage.  Other popular options include ultrasonic cleaning, in-tank rack agitation, air knives, in-line dryers and anode service stands.  Operator involvement can be further reduced with automatic load/unload elevators and rack storage/retrieval.

Basket Plating Systems

Straight sided stainless steel baskets for automatic processing are designed for top or bottom gripping, and process small parts or stampings without spillage.  Typically oscillated in process tanks, our automatic hoists lower work directly into centrifugal dryers.  Programmable motion allows fully inverted unloading to reduce part damage and eliminate mixing.  Their method eliminates barrel-to-basket transfers common to older plating equipment.

Specialty Plating Systems

We are a world leader in the design and assembly of plating systems for the efficient and effective application of surface finishes.

We supply the following SPECIALIZED EQUIPMENT for turnkey systems:

  • Load/Unload equipment
  • Etch enclosures
  • Bright dip enclosures
  • Automatic and manual tank covers
  • Hoist drip trays
  • Hoist enclosures
  • Counterflow rinse systems
  • Etch, chrome and nickel recovery
  • Ion exchange
  • Scrubbers
  • Mist eliminators
  • Water conductivity control
  • Water addition systems
  • Water recovery
  • Chemical replenishment

Our specialty plating systems can provide cleaning and pretreatment followed by paints, lacquers, adhesives, electrocoat and dye penetrants.  Oscillating or positionable baskets process sensitive parts without damage.

For more information about our PLATING SYSTEM capabilities click on Request a Quote, call (812) 465-9672 or email


PriceWalgren and Jessup Systems are active Members of the National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF).