Selective Plating for Metal Press Components
Mechanical damage on metal stamping equipment ranging from wear to pitting to deep impressions can be permanently repaired by selective plating.
Brush plated deposits are quickly and uniformly applied to out of tolerance areas without the use of an immersion tank. Cylinders, shafts, press tools, and keyways can all be repaired in-place – minimizing production downtime and increasing the lifecycle of each component.
The primary application areas for metal presses are:
- Hydraulic Cylinders
- Press Tools
- Bearing Areas
Metal Stamping and Press Component Applications for the SIFCO Process®
Metal stamping equipment is found throughout the world in the metal packaging industry and can weigh up to 1,600 tons. During the highspeed operation, a bearing spins on the shaft of the press creating areas with excessive wear. Wear areas, or areas scored by grit and foreign materials, can cause the press to leak hydraulic fluid – potentially triggering a catastrophic event.
Traditional repair methods call for disassembling the press and removing the crankshaft before assessing whether to replace the shaft or weld the damaged areas – both options requiring substantial expense and downtime. By using the SIFCO Process® of selective plating the repair can be done in place without the need to dissemble the press or remove the crankshaft.