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AutoBrush. A new method for selective electroplating

: Metzner, Martin

National Association for Surface Finishing Corporation -NASF-:
National Association for Surface Finishing Annual International Technical Conference, SUR/FIN 2015. Vol.2 : Rosemont, Illinois, USA, 8 - 10 June 2015
Red Hook, NY: Curran, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-5108-0714-3
National Association for Surface Finishing (SUR/FIN Annual International Technical Conference) <2015, Rosemont/Ill.>
Fraunhofer IPA ()
brush plating; electroplating; Galvanisieren; Galvanotechnik

Recent developments on processes and specific process equipment have opened up new opportunities in electroplating.
This presentation presents an integrated system which uses a robot for guiding electroplating tools. This is enabled by the advancement of the brush plating technique and by innovative developments in electroplating tools, together with modular, self-sufficient and mobile units which both supply the tools with process fluids and have them disposed of. Specific areas of a workpiece can be selectively approached and plated. The plating process avoids any contamination and the flooding of the plated part with process fluids. A requirement of this technology is the adaptation of the electrolyte formulations. The presented system design allows completely new application scenarios in electroplating, particularly with a view to manufacturing integration, selectivity and mobility.