Automotive Features for December 2009

Automotive Features Archive

Enhanced Automation of Plating and Metal Finishing Barrel Process Operations Using Automatic Barrels for Bulk Finishing Enhanced Automation of Plating and Metal Finishing Barrel Process Operations Using Automatic Barrels for Bulk Finishing

Metal finishing barrel operations are used most often for “bulk” finishing of large quantities of parts. They are the most efficient method for finishing bulk parts and any pieces that do not require individual handling. A hoist system is generally used to transfer the loaded metal finishing barrel assemblies from one process station to the next.

Drag-Out Reduction Techniques Using Barrel Blow-Down and DSC Dip-Spin-Tilt Technology

Increasing demand for water and stringent new legislation to limit the discharge of effluent is taking place in many areas worldwide. Equipment innovations that reduce water usage and minimize the quantity of chemicals discharged into the environment as treated effluent and sludge have been installed in several state-of-the-art modern electroplating barrel machines that incorporate centrifuge post-treatment systems. The innovations will also supply attractive cost benefits by reducing drag-out.