The problem with existing functional chromium electroplating processes:
For many decades, companies have been successfully electroplating with chromium trioxide and water-based processes (chromium trioxide + water = chromic acid). These existing water-based processes are highly inefficient (typically only 10-20% efficient), and generate a massive amount of hydrogen gas bubbles inside the chrome solution that become entrained with chromic acid mist particles containing hexavalent chromium compounds. These carcinogenic emissions evolve from the surface of the plating bath and must be captured to meet regional, state, and federal regulations. Chrome plating processes also require heavy maintenance to keep them operating, due to the highly corrosive nature of chromic acid.
The SAFE Chrome® electroplating process mitigates the difficult hexa-aqua complex between chromium ions and water by substituting much of the water with a stable Ionic Liquid solution. This substitution allows us to completely eliminate the need for using chromic acid in the process, and therefore eliminating the generation of hexavalent chromium (Chromium VI). This also provides a much easier reduction of chromium 3+ ions to chromium metal.
SAFE Chrome® is the product of today and the future for surface finishing needs and available at a crucial time when regulatory bodies in Europe and the US are implementing bans on all uses of hexavalent chrome processes.