In the high-stakes world of the metal plating industry, productivity isn't just important, it's the lifeblood of your operation. There is absolutely no room for downtime, lost product, or the dreaded reworking of parts. Yet, it is common for platers and processers to push their barrel's lifespan to its limit, delaying replacement in an attempt to squeeze every last drop of performance from it. However, delaying barrel replacement invites five perilous consequences: poor plating quality, increased rework, inconsistent plating thickness, chemical contamination, and operator safety risks. In this article, we'll delve into each of these risks, pooling from our rich reservoir of knowledge backed by over two decades of experience in the metal plating industry.