Should I Use a Cadmium Alternative?
Cadmium is a soft, malleable metal that is very light in color. In the plating industry it is used as sacrificial coating. Ideal for a corrosive environment, cadmium can protect the underlying base metal, such as steel, even when scratched or corroded. While the nature of the deposit is well suited for the aerospace industry […]
Trusted Technology, Proven Results: Selectively Plating the ENSCO 8505
After a lightning strike, significant damage was caused to the crown mounted compensator (CMC) cylinder of the ENSCO 8505. The CMC is a device used to apply a constant tension to the drill string and compensate for any rig movement. The impact of the lightning strike caused a substantial gouge – the size of a […]
Discover the standard for your AOG repairs
On an airplane, components are subjected to extreme friction and temperature. Hence the intense focus on safety, and the demand for high performance equipment that operates at optimum levels. Therefore, to protect or enhance the performance of their components through surface finishing or electroplating, airlines must use an approved and trusted process. Surface finishes are […]
Scientifically Proven – The SIFCO Process in Aerospace
Instead of thermal spray or immersing parts in a tank, selective plating is commonly applied via a hand‑held tool – which is why it is also referred to as ‘brush’ plating. The operator soaks the tool in the plating solution and then applies it via an absorbent cover wrapped over the anode of the plating […]
Take Away the Tank: The Importance of AOG Surface Finishing in Aerospace
Disassembly vs. In-situ Repairs Equipment for surface finishing tends to have a large footprint, and demands its own specialist facilities including ventilated surroundings or EPA approval. In most cases, parts and components have to be removed to be delivered to the site and often incurs transportation costs. Once at a sub-contract plating company or repair […]
Surface Bonding: Mechanical vs Atomic
A surface bond between two adjacent materials can be achieved 2 ways: mechanical or atomic. And the quality of the adhesive is related to the force required to completely separate the two materials. Thermal spray provides a mechanical bond. In mechanical bonds the technician is purposefully creating a very rough surface to cause an interlock […]
The 6 most common surface finishing applications in aerospace
Selective plating is suitable for a wide array of aerospace equipment, including airframes and engines, electronic housings, landing gear, turbine blades, actuators, bearing journals, bushing bores, flap tracks and axles. Depending on the component being plated, a different deposits will be used for different applications. Corrosion protection: Cadmium is most commonly used to provide a […]
Automating the Operation: A case study on Johnson Technology, Inc.
Based in Muskegon, MI, Johnson Technology, Inc., a subsidiary of GE Aviation, is the leading manufacturer of aircraft engines and engine parts; such as: blades, vanes, turbines and hangers for the aerospace and power generation industries. In the late 90’s, Johnson sought SIFCO ASC for their selective plating expertise and solutions for Johnson’s selective plating […]
6 Aerospace Brush Plating Repairs in Real Life
Making critical repairs to aerospace equipment using The SIFCO Process®. Selective electroplating, such as the SIFCO Process®, can be used to make repairs to airframes, engines, landing gear and parts in situ. Also known as brush plating, this not only improves lead time in critical situations, but also provides corrosion protection, wear-resistance and electrical conductivity, […]
What is Brush Plating?
Here’s all you need to know about brush plating, the alternative to traditional electroplating. Brush plating (also known as selective plating) is a portable method of electroplating. It is used to apply anodized coatings and electroplated deposits in localized areas of a part without the use of an immersion tank. Application and advantages Brush plating […]