Chrome Plating

A deeper impact with our value metal finishing upgrade

Change happens fast in industry. Demand for increased product quality and complex processes are pressures common to both the automotive and industrial sectors. Cost focus is crucial to your customers. Upgrading your processes with us will help you offer next-level quality while lowering your own costs by lowering energy consumption to stay competitive. And there is no need for a huge investment.

up to 90% less

Upgrading to FlexKraft improves your final product quality. A more stable process also allows more uniform thickness distribution with improved deposition in low-density areas. This can mean a 50-90% reduction in rework.

up to -40% Ni and -20% Cr

With increased power quality, you can also improve your production speed giving you more throughput. We have seen process improvements in nickel needing 40% less time, decorative chrome needing +/-5% and others 20% less time.

up to 35% saving

Improving power supply can also reduce your chemical and energy consumption per unit compared to SCR rectifiers. We have seen reduced energy consumption using FlexKraft up to 35 % per unit.

Don’t risk your profit margin

We know many plating manufacturers say their current process is good enough and that they don’t want to invest in an entire new line of rectifiers. However, old Thyristor rectifiers using DC consume costly energy, cannot run at full power and waste precious resources. The knock-on effect of using old rectifiers will be felt by your customers, and your own revenue could suffer.

Upgrade your process to Switch Mode Power Supply

Just a limited investment in upgrading your current processes can offer fast payback. Switching from Thyristor (SCR) rectifiers to our Switch Mode Power Supply (SMPS)-FlexKraft will optimize your production processes, ensuring quality in the electrical aspect. It will also boost output, while reducing your overall rework and maintenance costs.

  • Ripple: ≈1%
  • Anybus connectivity
  • Control accuracy: ±1%
  • Efficiency: >90%

Process Defects

  • Poor material penetration
  • Bad quality of thickness
  • Appearance with ridges and valleys
  • Poor surface finish
  • Bad hardness
  • Deposition uneven in Low Density Areas

Operation limits

  • High process time
  • Increased current density
  • Require maintenance

 

Process improvements with an upgrade from Thyristor to FlexKraft

Improved output

  • Good anchoring of material
  • Good thickness and growth time
  • Fewer defects and better shine
  • Glossy appearance
  • Hardness achieved
  • Thickness grow properly in LDA

Improved operation

  • Less process time
  • Reduce the current
  • Auto mode

Improve your plating quality, reduce energy and chemical consumption

Upgrading to FlexKraft helps improve thickness, appearance, gloss, hardness (hard chrome) and penetration of material. Also, a more stable process allows more uniform thickness distribution with improved deposition in low-density areas. This can mean a 50-90% reduction in rework. A better power supply also lowers chemical and energy consumption per unit compared to SCR rectifiers, that are more effective working at full power. We have seen reduced energy consumption up to 35% per unit using FlexKraft.

Increased power quality can of course speed up your rate of production. In some cases we have seen process improvements in nickel needing 40% less time, decorative chrome needing +/-5% and others 20% less time.

Before FlexKraft

Green bars indicate correct thickness and purple bars indicate not enough thickness

After FlexKraft

Fewer defects and better shine

Greater reliability and useful data at your fingertips

The effects of upgrading Thyristor rectifiers to FlexKraft can be huge and instant. Besides improving product quality, greater reliability means a reduced risk of downtime through need for repair. In some cases we have seen 48-52 hours per month saved by upgrading.

You can also use data from our FlexKraft rectifier proactively. Remote access to alarms, equipment status updates and real-time voltage data can all be used to reduce downtime risks and optimize production – to add critical chemicals on time,  for example.

We have the knowledge in Chrome

Our experience in partnering valued customers like you demonstrates that, with a limited investment, you get a quick return. Enhancing product quality, boosting output and lowering costs. We offer knowledge, innovation and support to ensure an upgrade that will increase your profitability going forward.

Chrome

Our Experts

Tobias Nordström

Manoj Pagar

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gmf@kraftpowercon.com
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