The primary components of a mechanical plating or galvanizing system include:
Plating Barrel(s) The most effective plating barrels are those with a tulip design. They are constructed from carbon or stainless steel and lined with an acid - resistant and abrasion - resistant lining such as neoprene, polypropylene or poly-butylene.
Surge Hopper This item accepts the load of plated parts and feeds the separator, allowing the operator to begin plating another load.
Separator The separator separates the parts and the media. The most primitive separators are merely a screen with water sprays; more complex separators are vibratory separators and magnetic separators (which are the currently preferred process).
Media Handling System The media handling system returns glass impact media from the sump underneath the separator to an overhead media reservoir. Most platers utilize two loads of media.
Chromator (Optional) For optimum corrosion protection, a chromate is applied to the deposit using a spray or dip process. Generally, dipping in baskets gives better results.
The parts may be dried in a “toss-catch” dryer, a belt dryer or in a centrifugal dryer. Generally centrifugal dryers are preferred because they use less energy and produce a higher quality product.
Approximate Cost of Dual/Twin M10 Cubic Foot System
Belt Dryer (Approximately): $70,000 (Additional)
For a specific configuration or quotation, please contact John Kobe at Dynamic Systems, LLC, Waukesha, WI. This describes a common dual/twin M10 installation with a magnetic separator. Many other configurations are available (i.e. 10, 20 or 30 cubic foot barrels, in single or dual/twin systems, with centrifugal, vibratory or belt drying).
As for capacity, a part type with a bulk density of 100 pounds per cubic foot (which would be typical), an M10 dual/twin system is capable of processing about 16,000 pounds per 8-hour shift. M20 and M30 Systems would have proportionally larger capacities.
For further details, contact Dynamic Systems.
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