Plate to perform: Three critical variables for electroplating success

Kinetics enables plating engineers to achieve industry-leading results. Often, taking a fresh look at significant variables in the process can close the gap between “okay” and “outstanding.”  Here, we offer the team’s Top Three recommendations to review for improving electroplating factors:

Factor #1: Materials limitations and best operating environments. Subtle changes in the composition and chemistry of plating materials can have major consequences. This is particularly true when material suppliers are altered or global commodity markets are in turmoil: Yesterday’s best may be today’s mediocre. Before pointing to the electroplating machine, focus attention on what’s feeding it.

Factor #2: Monitoring philosophy and capacity. This represents a major delta between top electroplating performers and those experiencing me-too output. “What, how often and by whom” are the starting points for helpful improvement questions.

Factor #3: Staging and prep mechanics. Almost reminiscent of Deming’s obsessive work on time-and-motion studies, Kinetics electroplating product portfolio factors in the behaviors of technicians across time and even physical fatigue. Decisions around automation, tooling, and monitoring systems (see Factor #2) need to be both site-specific and operator sight-specific as well.

It’s no surprise that Kinetics puts experience and intention into every ECD system. To learn more about what that really means in practical terms, click HERE.