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May 2019

SIFCO ASC to share expert insights at SUR/FIN 2019

At this year’s SUR/FIN conference (June 3-5), SIFCO ASC – the world leading supplier of selective plating technology and solutions – will be delivering a series of presentations as their expert team look at some of the leading trends and challenges of today’s surface finishing industry – and what can be done to help OEMs evolve to benefit from these developments.

From brush plating techniques through to groove and encapsulated plating and automation, the SIFCO ASC team will share insights into the world of surface finishing through real-world examples and more than 40 combined years of experience within the sector. Here, we take a look at what the team will be discussing during the three-day event.

The benefits of automation in selective plating

Just as automation is taking center stage across much of the manufacturing landscape, the surface finishing industry is also taking advantage of the distinct benefits associated with automated processes. As SIFCO ASC’s Derek Kilgore, Mechanical Design & Project Engineer, will discuss during SUR/FIN, manufacturers are becoming increasingly reliant on the benefits of automation such as improved consistency and traceability. These benefits are now available through automated selective electroplating. Even for challenging applications, fully customized machines can be designed for repair or OEM applications to apply engineered deposits without the need for operator intervention. Attend Derek’s presentation on Wednesday, June 5, at 10 am.

Getting the best results from brush plated zinc-nickel

As the industry evolves to meet the needs of today, many applications now require well-engineered and proven deposits that pose as little risk as possible to both the operator and the environment. During her presentation on Wednesday, June 5, at 11:30 am, Sarah Medeiros, Corrosion Engineer, will look at what this means for the aerospace industry as zinc-nickel emerges as a less toxic alternative to cadmium when repairing damaged cadmium, zinc-nickel and IVD aluminium on high strength steels. Sarah will also explore the most suitable plating techniques for zinc-nickel, helping attendees to meet their customers’ exacting requirements.

Enhancing surfaces through encapsulated plating

As components become more complex, the process of selective plating is becoming increasingly challenging, triggering a shift away from traditional brush and tank plating towards encapsulated plating technology – as Patrick Kerampran, Engineering Manager of SIFCO ASC France, will explore. Encapsulated plating is a closed loop electroplating process in which the anode and workpiece are completely encapsulated along the areas of interest – thus eliminating the need for large tanks, extensive masking, and operator exposure. Utilizing real-world examples from the aerospace and oil & gas industries, Patrick will demonstrate how the process has enabled the application of deposits for corrosion protection and anti-galling, as well as exploring the core benefits of the process – from cost through to efficiency. Attend Patrick’s presentation on Wednesday, June 5, at 11 am.

Getting in the groove of selective plating

As the process of selective plating has advanced to repair severe corrosion in ever-more challenging applications – such as internal grooves – SIFCO ASC Research & Development Manager, Danijela Milosevic-Popovich’s presentation, scheduled for Wednesday, June 5, at 11:30 am, will explore how selective groove plating has evolved to deliver uniform, high-thickness deposition of a plated deposit with little need for intermediate machining steps. Danijela will discuss how this helps OEMs to achieve reduced downtime through high quality and repeatable selective plating repairs for grooves, either through manual operation or an automated process.

Visit SIFCO ASC at the exhibition at booth 330. To find out more about SIFCO ASC, visit: www.sifcoasc.com. To book your place at SUR/FIN 2019, visit www.nasfsurfin.com.

March 2019

SIFCO ASC to share expert insights during free webinar

World leading supplier of selective plating technology and solutions, SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC), is inviting people within the aerospace industry to learn more about the processes of selective plating and selective anodizing by attending their webinar. Designed to deliver insights into overcoming the challenges faced by manufacturers and operators today, Spec’d In: Brush Plating & Anodizing for Aerospace – the free-to-attend webinar – will provide expert information and advice for manufacturers throughout the aerospace supply chain.

For the aerospace industry, efficiency is key when keeping up with the surge in demand currently being experienced by the commercial sector. Combined with legislative changes, particularly around the use of chemicals such as cadmium, those within the industry are facing several key challenges. The processes of selective plating and selective anodizing offer effective solutions, helping manufacturers to achieve the robust surface finishing standards of the industry.

Taking place on April 24, “Spec’d In” – delivered by Danijela Milosevic-Popovich, SIFCO ASC’s Research and Development Manager – will help attendees understand the selective plating and anodizing processes and how they offer efficient and portable enhancement and repair options for aerospace components.

Danijela said: “Our webinar is designed to provide attendees with expert insight into the use of selective plating and anodizing, and how these processes are helping to drive greater efficiency within the aerospace supply chain. The processes are already specified in overhaul and standard practice manuals, so this webinar will look at when and why these processes should be used over alternatives such as tank plating. We’ll also be sharing real-world examples which demonstrate time and cost savings associated with the processes, as well as how customers can use automation to improve quality and consistency in their plating operations.

“Within the aerospace industry right now, it’s both an exciting and challenging time. The sector is extremely buoyant with increasing demand, however, this places a strain on manufacturers throughout the supply chain, while the MRO market is under increased pressure to keep aircraft in operation for as long as possible. Our webinar will help manufacturers to understand how they can maximize efficiencies, making them more competitive and elevating levels of quality throughout the industry.”

Those wishing to join the webinar should head to www.sifcoasc.com/specd-in to register.

November 2018

SIFCO ASC Presents: Plating in Grooves

SIFCO ASC Groove PlatingSIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC), the world’s leading supplier of selective plating technology, presented “Plating in Grooves” a webinar which covered alternative surface finishing methods, and plating techniques for o-ring grooves, recesses, keyways, threads, and other complex shapes.

With a positive outlook for the oil and gas market comes investment in new capital equipment, as well as refurbishment of old equipment to ensure the maximum lifetime value. With rigs operating sometimes 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the constant wear and fatigue on the equipment causes corrosion, galling threads, ineffective seals, or worse.

The o-ring on the hydraulic cylinder provides a fundamental protection if it maintains proper dimension. But what do you do when your o-ring groove is out of dimension or damaged? Reaching these unique areas is not practical for your typical surface finishing techniques such as tank plating. In order to remain competitive, one must look for innovative ways to reduce costs while simultaneously reducing downtime and keep their equipment running longer.

The SIFCO Process® can be tailored to operate within many production processes and delivers accurate and controlled deposits. Learn about the groove plating technique and advancements from SIFCO ASC’s technical experts, Derek Vanek, Technical Manager, Danijela Milosevic-Popovich, R&D Manager, and Derek Kilgore, Mechanical Design and Project Engineer.

You can watch the webinar On-Demand! Business Review Webinars will be hosting the on-demand webinar on their site until November 2019.

To register, click here: bit.ly/2OACOpW

For more information on SIFCO ASC’s oil and gas services, click here.

October 2018

SIFCO ASC expands R&D team by welcoming Corrosion Engineer

Sarah Mederios

World leading supplier of selective plating technology and solutions, SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC), part of Norman Hay plc, has expanded its R&D team by welcoming new Corrosion Engineer, Sarah Mederios.

With the global cost of corrosion – a problem that affects every industry – estimated to be $2.5 trillion, Sarah’s work, along with SIFCO ASC’s existing R&D team, will be critical in supporting customers to utilise solutions which meet their corrosion resistance needs. Alongside this, Sarah will employ her in-depth knowledge of corrosion to evaluate the use of other passivates, ultimately extending the service life of the deposit.

Sarah earned her Bachelor of Science in Corrosion Engineering with a minor in Business Essentials from the University of Akron in Ohio. She developed her industry experience during her time researching in an engineering co-op with the Lubrizol Corporation on industrial coatings and resins.

SIFCO ASC’s Group Managing Director, Lee Shelton, said: “We’re delighted to have Sarah on board as a new member of our team. She plays a key role in the future plans for SIFCO ASC. Sarah has a great deal of experience in corrosion and has already begun to visit customers to understand their specific corrosion challenges and assess how the SIFCO Process® would meet their requirements.

“It’s this proactiveness, combined with her expert knowledge, which positions Sarah as our in-house expert on corrosion, making her a perfect addition to the business.”

For more information on SIFCO ASC, visit: www.sifcoasc.com

June 2018

SIFCO ASC Modernizes R&D Lab

World leading supplier of selective plating technology and solutions, SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC), part of Norman Hay plc, has completed a substantial refurbishment of its research and development lab in Cleveland, Ohio.

Originally built in 1992, this is first major site renovation, designed to give research engineers a spacious, practical and durable facility in which to conduct vital research and development work.

On a typical day, the lab accommodates scientists, engineers, and technicians who work to develop SIFCO ASC’s fundamental knowledge through exploratory research and development, as well developing and implementing new technologies and providing direct support to customers as well as the company’s manufacturing teams.

SIFCO ASC R&D Lab

Newly renovated lab at SIFCO ASC’s Cleveland, Ohio facility.

Danijela Milosevic-Popovich, Research and Development Project Engineer, comments: “Much of what we do in the R&D lab requires creative thinking, experimentation and innovation; all things which are easier, more enjoyable and ultimately more successful in a modern, spacious and well-equipped laboratory.

Chic Allen, SIFCO ASC’s North American General Manager, states “The renovation will boost team morale and productivity will benefit considerably, which means our customers will reap the rewards of this considerable investment.”

Committed to employee wellbeing and maintaining workspaces which reflect its innovative, state-of-the-art products and services, SIFCO ASC identified the need for a complete modernisation within the R&D department, which included durable, easy to clean flooring, new cabinets, equipment and facilities and a new ceiling with improved lighting throughout the lab.

Danijela concludes: “Work has recommenced in the new lab with a number of customer-specific projects which require considerable innovation and creativity from our R&D engineering team. We are also busy characterizing our existing product offering through depletion testing while continuing to build our knowledge base on coatings like matrix composite plating.”

For more information on SIFCO ASC, please visit www.sifcoasc.com

May 2018

SIFCO ASC Talks Automation and Chrome Alternatives at SUR/FIN 2018

Three seasoned industry experts from SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) are sharing their insight on a number of critical industry topics at SUR/FIN 2018 from June 4 – 6, 2018. Subjects covered include alternatives to hard chrome, automation of selective plating, and component restoration for remanufacturing.

The annual conference, this year held at the Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland, allows leading surface technology companies to connect, collaborate and contribute to industry developments. Throughout the event, multiple technical sessions will be held on the topics of automotive, aerospace, technology advancements, sustainability and waste management. SIFCO ASC’s focus will be in Session 7 – Aerospace & Defense: Innovating Performance Advancements and in Session 15 – Plating Efficiency Improvements via Equipment, Automation, Material Advances and Lean.

In Session 7, Danijela Milosevic, R&D Engineer and Project Engineer at SIFCO ASC is delivering a talk titled; “Advancements in Brush Plated Metal Matrix Composites (MMC)”. In her presentation, she will review the developmental research of safer, eco-friendly alternatives to hard chrome plating. Alternatives to chrome in the form of MMC, offer unique and superior characteristics to metal plating solutions including hardness, wear resistance, and oxidation protection at high temperatures. Conference attendees can watch Danijela’s presentation on June 4, from 5:00 – 5:30pm.

The second speaker, Derek Kilgore, Mechanical Design and Project Engineer at SIFCO ASC will talk about meeting productivity demand through automation of selective plating in Session 15. In his presentation, on June 6 from 8:30 – 9:00am, Derek will demonstrate how attendees can achieve consistent quality and process repeatability by incorporating automated selective plating into their process. The presentation will include data, video and imagery of a newly-developed, dual-spindled ID plating machine.

Also, in Session 15, Derek Vanek, Technical Manager at SIFCO ASC will present “Surface Engineering for Sustainable Manufacturing and Remanufacturing” and discuss why surface engineering technologies should be considered in remanufacturing engineering to restore or improve the performance of worn or failed components. During his 30 years at SIFCO ASC, Derek has worked in sales, training, project management, and marketing while publishing work on engineering technologies. Conference attendees can watch Derek’s presentation on June 6 from 12 – 12:30pm.

For over 50 years SIFCO ASC has provided selective electroplating and anodizing services, chemical solutions and equipment, offering automated plating systems that can be easily integrated into any production line. A global leader in the industry, SIFCO ASC hopes to provide a deeper understanding to the challenges that face the industry and innovative ways to overcome them.

For more information visit SIFCO ASC on stand 351 or, to set up a meeting, visit: www.sifcoasc.com/surfin-2018

*The SIFCO Process® is a unique and portable plating method used to enhance, repair and refurbish localized areas on components.

February 2018

SIFCO ASC appoints new General Manager in France

Nicolas Baudin, SIFCO ASC France General Manager

Nicolas Baudin

SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) has welcomed a new General Manager to oversee their French operation. Nicolas Baudin brings with him a wealth of experience in R&D project leadership and joins SIFCO ASC from GreenChem, one of Europe’s largest AdBlue chemical manufacturers and distributors.

Nicolas previously worked for Vallourec for over 10 years, holding various positions including R&D Project leader and Industrialization Manager. He will be a driving force in maximizing new commercial and technical development opportunities for the business.

SIFCO ASC France is a key supplier of selective electroplating services, chemicals and equipment to the aerospace, power generation, oil & gas and defense industry sectors. The unique SIFCO Process® is used to enhance, repair or refurbish critical components and help reduce downtime. The company is pioneering the use of robotics and the automation of selective electroplating and recently supplied Safran Landing Systems with a custom designed robotic plating station that provides the traceability and repeatability needed to meet the customer’s manufacturing requirements.

SIFCO ASC’s Group Managing Director, Lee Shelton said, “Nicolas was instrumental in the successful development of the Cleanwell project for Vallourec, creating a totally dry multi-function coating for Oil & Gas pipe threads. He is well known to the technical teams at SIFCO ASC and NHE, our sister company in the UK”

“Customer application R&D projects play a key role in the future growth plans for SIFCO ASC France and with significant engineering project management and R&D experience, Nicolas is an excellent fit with the future direction and goals of the business.”

For more information on SIFCO ASC France, visit: www.sifcoasc.fr

*The SIFCO ASC Process is a unique and portable plating method used to enhance, repair and refurbish localized areas on components.

January 2018

Exceptional performance of Authorised SIFCO Partner recognised

Surface finishing company TSR, SIFCO ASC Authorised Partner in Poland, has delivered exceptional sales growth in their first twelve months of partnership.

To recognise this performance, Mark Cattle, Group Sales Director SIFCO ASC, awarded Adam Radziszewski, Managing Director TSR, with a Certificate of Performance. The presentation was made during TSR’s recent visit to SIFCO ASC UK and, at the same time, the SIFCO Authorised Partner agreement was renewed and extended for the next 2 years.

Adam Radziszewski, Managing Director, and Malgorzata Kijowski, Marketing Manager, of TSR accepting the Certificate of Performance from Mark Cattle, Group Sales Director, SIFCO ASC (l to r)

Mark Cattle commented: “We selected TSR as an Authorised Partner due to their technical ability and established contact base in a number of key industries including: oil & gas; power generation; aerospace and advanced engineering. I am delighted that our choice of Authorised Partner for Poland has been vindicated by TSR’s exceptional growth during our first year of partnership, underpinned by high levels of sales and marketing proactivity driven by Adam and by Malgorzata Kijowski, Marketing Manager. I look forward to continued success from our renewed agreement.”

Adam Radziszewski, Managing Director and founder of TSR said: “The SIFCO Process® is renowned and specified across many industries for its ability to enhance, repair or refurbish critical components. We are thrilled to have grown our SIFCO Process® business so rapidly during the first twelve months and I have been delighted with the training and sales support the SIFCO ASC team has provided to help us on our growth path.”

July 2017

Automated selective plating takes off after SIFCO and Safran’s pioneering project

World leader in selective plating, SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) has developed the first robotic selective plating station for landing gear for Safran Landing Systems in Gloucester.

Safran Landing SystemsSafran Landing Systems (formerly Messier-Bugatti-Dowty) is a world leading manufacturer of landing gear systems and has a focus on providing solutions which are not only reliable and robust, but increasingly weight efficient and environmentally responsible, providing overall value across an aircraft program.

Safran’s facility in Gloucester has been at the forefront of landing gear technology for over 80 years. Today, the 100,000 m2 site employs around 1,200 people and it’s core competencies include design, research, development, and testing, and systems integration together with a comprehensive, state-of-the-art production capability. It is here that they manufacture the landing gear for a number of the world’s leading commercial aircraft.

Demanding aerospace operating conditions present continual surface finishing challenges for manufacturers. Components need to be able to withstand friction, extreme temperatures and corrosive environments while continuing to operate at optimum levels. For Safran Landing Systems, one particular challenge came in the form of a landing gear bogie beam design.

Landing gear design includes a stop-pad between the bogie beam and vertical part of the component to prevent wear as it is retracted into the fuselage. However, this impact results in potential wear at the interface, with a further risk of atmospheric corrosion. A design modification was agreed involving the application of a nickel chrome electrolytic protective treatment.

SIFCO ASC has partnered Safran on various surface finishing projects for over 20 years including more recent work to increase wear resistance on one of the aircraft’s axles. These projects are carried out using the renowned SIFCO Process® – the leading method of electroplating localized areas on components without the use of an immersion electroplating tank.

Neil Kenyon, Process Group Manager, initially approached SIFCO ASC to investigate the potential of the SIFCO Process® as a solution for the nickel plating application. While it was advised that this could be solved by manually plating a layer of nickel underneath a layer of chrome on the section of the bogie beam affected by corrosion, Safran’s robust manufacturing quality standards required the process to be highly traceable and repeatable. SIFCO ASC’s UK team consulted its French specialist engineering R&D department. Following a full situation analysis, the team recommended the SIFCO Process® should be automated using a collaborative robot in order to adhere to Safran’s robust manufacturing standards. However, this had never been done before and would require significant engineering expertise. In order to achieve the results demanded by the aerospace specifications, the two teams embarked upon a collaborative research project.

Initial work began at the end of 2013. Safran tested the nickel material in its specialist facility under simulated take-off and landing conditions. Once it was confirmed that the material was suitable in early 2014, SIFCO began work on designing the robotic system. During this time, to fast-track the benefits of the SIFCO Process®, the plating was carried out manually.

The robot, now fully operational at Safran Landing System’s Gloucester facility, provides the company with a precise and highly traceable, repeatable and accurate process, well-suited to the hi-tech facility it sits within. The integrated computer logs all of the relevant information including: the parameters plated; the batch numbers for the solution; current densities and solution levels. The fully-automated system also adheres to the company’s health and safety policy as it minimizes human contact with harmful chemicals. It currently processes 30 bogie beams per month and the team is looking to expand its use into other areas of the company.

Consistent plating uniformity has been achieved using this process, standing up to the robustness of the necessary qualification testing.

The SIFCO Process® has since been specified into the manufacturing process of new landing gear to prolong the corrosion protection. It is also being rolled out into Safran Landing System’s Mexico facility where landing gear components are also manufactured.

May 2017

SIFCO ASC to present on automated plating systems at SUR/FIN®

SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC), the world’s leading supplier of selective plating technology, will be presenting its automated plating systems at the SUR/FIN® Manufacturing & Technology Trade Show & Conference. The team will be exhibiting its automated system’s ability to improve production efficiency, increase process control and reduce costs in surface finishing operations.

With automation dominating industry agendas, the event provides SIFCO ASC the ideal platform to profile its innovative automation process. Derek Kilgore, SIFCO Mechanical Design and Project Engineer, has been selected to present at the Innovations Improving Technology Session on Wednesday, June 21.

The presentation will review the evolution of selective plating (electroplating localized areas on components without the use of an immersion tank) into an automated process. From, computer program control of voltage and time to a robotic arm used to move the electrode – SPC charts of the deposit properties measured on production parts using automation show that both stages resulted in substantially improved process capability. Through videos and case studies, Kilgore will demonstrate how attendees can achieve consistent quality, reduce production costs and optimize their operation through automated selective plating.

SIFCO Process® Automation can be tailored to operate within many production processes, and delivers accurate and controlled deposits with minimal operator involvement. By automating the process, SIFCO ASC has introduced an ideal alternative for manufacturers looking to enhance the surfaces of higher volume and complex geometry production components. The process also reduces costs by improving production efficiency, flexibility, coating quality and repeatability.

Lee Shelton, Managing Director at SIFCO ASC, said: ‘Automated solutions are playing an increasingly important role in enhancing the competitiveness of manufacturing and we are committed to contributing toward this momentum with our automated plating system.’

For further information about SIFCO ASC, please visit stand 840 or visit www.sifcoasc.com.

 

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