3 Ways Automation Transforms Selective Plating: #1

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3 Ways Automation Transforms Selective Plating: #1

Modern industry is more competitive than ever before. From aerospace and oil and gas through to power generation and general industry, efficiency, quality, safety and sustainability are all key factors in driving greater competitiveness. When it comes to critical processes such as selective plating, automation provides an effective way for businesses to continue to meet the high demands placed on surface coatings, while also unlocking further benefits.

In this next series of blog posts, Derek Kilgore, Mechanical Design and Project Engineer, explores the top three ways businesses can feel the benefits of automated selective plating. Let’s start with number one.

#1 – Increased accuracy and quality

While the introduction of selective plating has signaled a move away from tank plating for many manufacturers, automation signals the next era – particularly when it comes to accuracy and quality. Through mechanization of the process, the operator’s direct contact with tooling and chemicals is significantly reduced. Instead, a computer program – which can be configured by the operator – controls the volts, amps, polarity and ampere-hours required for the specific application, including preparatory and plating steps.

In practice, this approach removes the potential for human error and variability from the process, making the operation more reliable and consistent. By accurately controlling the level of deposits with little operator involvement, results are more consistent, driving greater levels of quality for every operation. With the introduction of digitalization to the process, automated selective plating also provides full component and process traceability through constant system data monitoring.

To find out more, or to speak to one of the SIFCO ASC team about automating selective plating in your facility, visit www.sifcoasc.com.