Basic Plating Design

Basic Plating Design







This is an age of nerds and wonks who talk about their work until their friends just zone out. No one wants to be in the geek zone, standing in a lonely corner like Baby at Kellerman’s final dance. That’s why at RIGHTech we are never, ever boring. We use our 50 years of metal finishing experience to speak directly to our customers’ needs.

We are the experts at Anodes and Cathodes. We know that the bumpy end of the battery is the Anode (in the real world, you may know it as the + side) and the flat end is the Cathode (the – side). We are your go-to guys for industrial grade, electrochemical engineering (in the real world, you would call it Anodizing and Plating). We are the geeks and nerds you need in your business circle.

In plating, the basic set-up is easy (see illustration). The role of the battery is played by the rectifier, an electronic device that takes alternating current at high voltage from outside wires and delivers direct current at a carefully selected lower voltage to a plating tank. The plus (+) side of the rectifier (that bumpy side of the battery) is connected to an anode bar on the sides of the tank. The minus (-) side is connected to a cathode bar, usually in the center of the tank. The work to be plated hangs from the cathode bar while baskets full of metal hang from the anode bars. We call these bus bars, the metallic strips distributing electrical current for all (omni”bus”) plating operations. Finally, the circuit is completed by filling the tank with a conductive solution of acid and dissolved metal.

Plating magic is in the design and fabrication details of the anode baskets, heat exchangers, auxiliary anodes, filters and insulators. When everything fits and works in concert, great plating happens.

Keep looking out for your friends from RIGHTech Fabrications. We won’t be standing in the geek corner. We’ll be right by your side making sure your lines keep running productively.