A TOTAL APPROACH TO PLATING
Electroplating, whether electroless or electrolytic, aims for near-perfect results in an imperfect world. As with many production processes, the human safety consequences of poorly-engineered electroplating systems are manifold. What’s more, the environmental responsibility attached to precious metal chemistry can’t be under-rated.
All of this must exist in an enterprise setting where tight tolerances, cycle times and material costs are constantly under scrutiny. Kinetics’ success comes from maintaining close relationships with plating engineers. From goal to design to delivery of an electroplating system, key factors remain in the spotlight thanks to their insight. For example:
- Fume removal and precious metal recovery are critical.
- Special fixtures must be designed and build to hold devices securely in place.
Plating engineers are right to demand the convergence of quality, yield, volume and safety in an electroplating system. That’s why Kinetics continues to be a leading choice among discerning process leaders.
Kinetics standard tools support most electroplating process needs. However, should custom plating call for special tooling or material handling, Kinetics’ engineers will design an ECD system to exact specifications, including:
- Automation level
- Power delivery and management
Automate to accelerate
Aeris is Kinetics’ automated ECD plating system. And while high-volume manufacturing is the goal, platform flexibility is built in from the beginning.
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.