SIFCO ASC Modernizes R&D Lab
World leading supplier of selective plating technology and solutions, SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC), part of Norman Hay plc, has completed a substantial refurbishment of its research and development lab in Cleveland, Ohio.
Originally built in 1992, this is first major site renovation, designed to give research engineers a spacious, practical and durable facility in which to conduct vital research and development work.
On a typical day, the lab accommodates scientists, engineers, and technicians who work to develop SIFCO ASC’s fundamental knowledge through exploratory research and development, as well developing and implementing new technologies and providing direct support to customers as well as the company’s manufacturing teams.
Danijela Milosevic-Popovich, Research and Development Project Engineer, comments: “Much of what we do in the R&D lab requires creative thinking, experimentation and innovation; all things which are easier, more enjoyable and ultimately more successful in a modern, spacious and well-equipped laboratory.
Chic Allen, SIFCO ASC’s North American General Manager, states “The renovation will boost team morale and productivity will benefit considerably, which means our customers will reap the rewards of this considerable investment.”
Committed to employee wellbeing and maintaining workspaces which reflect its innovative, state-of-the-art products and services, SIFCO ASC identified the need for a complete modernisation within the R&D department, which included durable, easy to clean flooring, new cabinets, equipment and facilities and a new ceiling with improved lighting throughout the lab.
Danijela concludes: “Work has recommenced in the new lab with a number of customer-specific projects which require considerable innovation and creativity from our R&D engineering team. We are also busy characterizing our existing product offering through depletion testing while continuing to build our knowledge base on coatings like matrix composite plating.”
For more information on SIFCO ASC, please visit www.sifcoasc.com
SIFCO ASC Talks Automation and Chrome Alternatives at SUR/FIN 2018
Three seasoned industry experts from SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) are sharing their insight on a number of critical industry topics at SUR/FIN 2018 from June 4 – 6, 2018. Subjects covered include alternatives to hard chrome, automation of selective plating, and component restoration for remanufacturing.
The annual conference, this year held at the Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland, allows leading surface technology companies to connect, collaborate and contribute to industry developments. Throughout the event, multiple technical sessions will be held on the topics of automotive, aerospace, technology advancements, sustainability and waste management. SIFCO ASC’s focus will be in Session 7 – Aerospace & Defense: Innovating Performance Advancements and in Session 15 – Plating Efficiency Improvements via Equipment, Automation, Material Advances and Lean.
In Session 7, Danijela Milosevic, R&D Engineer and Project Engineer at SIFCO ASC is delivering a talk titled; “Advancements in Brush Plated Metal Matrix Composites (MMC)”. In her presentation, she will review the developmental research of safer, eco-friendly alternatives to hard chrome plating. Alternatives to chrome in the form of MMC, offer unique and superior characteristics to metal plating solutions including hardness, wear resistance, and oxidation protection at high temperatures. Conference attendees can watch Danijela’s presentation on June 4, from 5:00 – 5:30pm.
The second speaker, Derek Kilgore, Mechanical Design and Project Engineer at SIFCO ASC will talk about meeting productivity demand through automation of selective plating in Session 15. In his presentation, on June 6 from 8:30 – 9:00am, Derek will demonstrate how attendees can achieve consistent quality and process repeatability by incorporating automated selective plating into their process. The presentation will include data, video and imagery of a newly-developed, dual-spindled ID plating machine.
Also, in Session 15, Derek Vanek, Technical Manager at SIFCO ASC will present “Surface Engineering for Sustainable Manufacturing and Remanufacturing” and discuss why surface engineering technologies should be considered in remanufacturing engineering to restore or improve the performance of worn or failed components. During his 30 years at SIFCO ASC, Derek has worked in sales, training, project management, and marketing while publishing work on engineering technologies. Conference attendees can watch Derek’s presentation on June 6 from 12 – 12:30pm.
For over 50 years SIFCO ASC has provided selective electroplating and anodizing services, chemical solutions and equipment, offering automated plating systems that can be easily integrated into any production line. A global leader in the industry, SIFCO ASC hopes to provide a deeper understanding to the challenges that face the industry and innovative ways to overcome them.
For more information visit SIFCO ASC on stand 351 or, to set up a meeting, visit: www.sifcoasc.com/surfin-2018
*The SIFCO Process® is a unique and portable plating method used to enhance, repair and refurbish localized areas on components.
SIFCO ASC appoints Gruppo Gaser as Italian partner
Global selective plating company, SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) is partnering with one of Italy’s leading specialists in the treatment of metal surfaces, Gruppo Gaser to grow the global footprint of its renowned SIFCO Process®* of selective plating.
With established European businesses in France and Sweden and partnerships in major manufacturing economies such as Germany, Austria, and Benelux, the expansion into Italy, Europe’s second largest manufacturer of engineering and metal goods, was the natural next step for SIFCO ASC.
Gruppo Gaser has five production locations across Italy in Rozzano (MI), Isola Vicentina (VI), Caravaggio (BG), Granarolo dell’Emilia (BO) and San Giuliano Milanese (MI) – all of which will ultimately provide the SIFCO Process®. The main application focus at the outset will be on silver plating and anodising in the power generation and precision engineering industries.
SIFCO ASC has 7 facilities across the world and now has 7 Authorised Partners in Europe, and 24 globally.
As with all SIFCO Authorised Partners, the Gruppo Gaser team is already benefitting from a comprehensive training programme enabling them to identify selective plating applications and deliver a consistent, high quality service to customers. Five of the company’s technical engineers recently visited the UK to complete a full induction programme.
Gianni Franzosi, CEO at Gruppo Gaser commented: “Our engineers found their recent training in the UK extremely valuable and are already identifying opportunities in our current portfolio. We welcome the SIFCO Process® into Italy and look forward to working in partnership with the experienced team at SIFCO ASC.”
Mark Cattle, Group Sales Director at SIFCO ASC added: “Italy is known for its innovation in engineering and every day the SIFCO Process® is providing efficiencies for businesses across the world. With Gruppo Gaser’s established reputation in surface treatment and focus on the power generation and precision engineering sectors in particular, they are the obvious partner for us.”
For more information on SIFCO ASC, visit: www.sifcoasc.com
For more information on Gruppo Gaser, visit: www.gruppogaser.com/gaser-ossido-duro.html
*The SIFCO Process® is a unique and portable plating method used to enhance, repair and refurbish localised areas on components.
SIFCO ASC debut SIFCO Process® at World Nuclear Exhibition 2016
SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC), the world’s leading supplier of selective plating technology, will be exhibiting for the first time at the World Nuclear Exhibition in June. The team will be showcasing the SIFCO Process® and its unique benefits in OEM and repair applications within the energy industry.
The annual exhibition will be held at the Le Bourget in Paris, from 28-30th June and unites key players in the global nuclear energy sector.
The SIFCO Process® is a unique selective plating process which has been engineered to overcome common operational and maintenance challenges facing the industry including component wear, corrosion, fretting and conductivity. Examples include a nickel coating for journal bearing resize and copper and silver applications on bus bars for conductivity.
One of the key advantages of the SIFCO Process® is its portability. Unlike using an immersion tank, the SIFCO Process® allows the operator to plate a very specific area of a component, quickly and easily, in situ and to the required thickness reducing downtime costs and complications. For example, one common issue within the nuclear industry is that once installed turbines can’t be taken out of the facility meaning they need to be repaired in situ. By repairing and protecting the existing components using the SIFCO Process®, companies also remove the cost and logistical implications of purchasing a new part.
The process also minimizes the removal of surface material, which limits the amount of preparation time, and preserves the existing material to retain strength.
Lee Shelton, Managing Director at SIFCO ASC, said: “We are really excited to be showcasing the SIFCO Process® at the World Nuclear Exhibition this month. Often our customers in the power generation sector are challenged with repairing critical components without compromising revenue flow but with our localised approach, we can repair parts in-situ and plate a specific area of a component without incurring downtime costs and logistical repercussions. We have facilities in the UK, France, Sweden and US so we are fully equipped to deliver international engineering requirements for turbine applications.”
For further information about SIFCO ASC, please visit stand 2B-S18 at the WNE or visit www.sifcoasc.co.uk
SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts Acquires Liquid Development Company
On July 7, SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) acquired the assets of Liquid Development Company (LDC). Headquartered in Cleveland, OH, LDC has supplied selective (brush) plating chemicals and equipment throughout the US, Europe, Africa, Asia, Canada, China, the Middle East and South America since 1978.
SIFCO ASC’s first priority is uninterrupted access to the products, pricing and service to which LDC customers are familiar. LDC customers can expect “business as usual” following the acquisition, with many of highly knowledgeable LDC team members joining SIFCO ASC to support the continuity of LDC business.
SIFCO ASC has a passion for customer service and assures that customers will experience no disruption to quality or support. SIFCO ASC U.S. General Manager, Chic Allen, believes that the acquisition of LDC aligns with SIFCO ASC’s vision and enhances our ability to deliver value to our customers, partners and employees. The acquisition accelerates SIFCO ASC’s goal to significantly grow the company and widen our industry leadership through superior execution, differentiation and customer satisfaction.
SIFCO ASC and Surface Technology create dynamic force in coatings technology
Norman Hay plc has created a new specialist Coatings Group incorporating SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) and Surface Technology providing a single global access point in surface coating technology.
SIFCO ASC, which was acquired by Norman Hay in 2012, is the world leading supplier of selective plating services, chemical solutions and equipment as well as creator of the renowned SIFCO Process®. Sister company, Surface Technology offers an extensive range of specialist surface treatments for industrial applications and by combining their technical expertise and market knowledge the group creates a new dynamic force in the coating and surface finishing industry.
The new Coatings Group will be headed by Group Managing Director Lee Shelton, who joined Norman Hay in 2000. Lee, a fluent Japanese speaker, started working for Norman Hay in its impregnation business, Ultraseal International, as Director of International Business, based in Japan. Following several years in key business development and leadership roles for Norman Hay in the Asia Pacific region, Lee relocated to the US in December 2012 as MD of SIFCO ASC.
Lee explained: “Since acquiring the SIFCO ASC business in 2012 and bringing the business into the Norman Hay Group, a number of synergies have emerged. The leadership team at Norman Hay feel that now is the right time to formalise this collaboration by bringing some of the best talent in the industry together under one umbrella. In doing so, we will identify new applications and ways of working which will ultimately benefit our customers’ processes.”
Based in Cleveland, Ohio, SIFCO ASC has operations in three further US states, the UK, Sweden and France as well as partners in Europe, South America, Canada and Asia. Surface Technology, headquartered in Coventry, covers the whole of the UK through seven sites and has plants in Australia and China. In addition to helping the two businesses expand into new locations, the creation of the Coatings Group will also ensure the company maximises its reach in existing markets such as oil & gas, automotive, aerospace and power generation.
Well proven for enhancing, repairing or refurbishing critical components, the SIFCO Process® can now be easily adopted into manufacturing production lines thanks to the company’s recent investment in developing workstations to automate the SIFCO Process®. Lee believes that with the support of Surface Technology, a wider scope of opportunities can be established, providing manufacturers across many industries the opportunity to meet their goals of both increasing quality and productivity and consolidating their supplier base.
When asked what differentiates Norman Hay’s Coatings Group from competitors, Lee said: “Our knowledge and expertise are unrivalled. The industries in which we are most prominent are heavily regulated, such as aerospace, automotive and also oil & gas. Customers in these sectors need reassurance that they are dealing with suppliers who are technical experts driven by the most robust standards and processes to meet highly demanding specifications. We now have more engineers and Quality Managers in our group than ever, with a combined service of 243 years.”
Significant investments are being made into recruitment, such as the recent appointment of a new European Sales Manager and a Design Engineer on the robotics side, along with refurbishment of existing facilities and new equipment.
Vic Bellanti, Chief Executive of Norman Hay, concluded: “We already receive requests from customers to offer a wider range of services in order to keep their supplier base to a minimum and now, through our Coatings Group, we offer an enhanced one-stop, multi-coat, capability. The team will now be selling the combined capability of the Group rather than one individual company.”
SIFCO ASC shows portable silver repair capability to POWER-GEN delegates
World-leading supplier of selective plating technology and solutions, SIFCO ASC, will be showing engineering and maintenance professionals in the power generation and distribution industry how they can minimise costly downtime and power outages with its silver repair travel kit at this year’s POWER-GEN International Conference.
Creators of the innovative SIFCO Process®, a portable method of electroplating localized areas without the use of immersion tanks, will be on Stand 4970 at the Orange County Convention Centre in Orlando, Florida, from 9-11 December 2014.
The highly-portable SIFCO Process® is ideal for on-site repairs during outages and operations when repair times are critical. Delegates will learn how it can be used to apply adherent, high quality, deposits onto localized areas with minimal disassembly, minimal masking and with the ability to precisely control deposit thickness – which all serve to minimize the total downtime and provide a much faster repair than other plating methods. In addition, it is important that the process of applying deposits poses minimal risk to both the operator and the environment. SIFCO’s Silver Non-Cyanide solution provides a superior quality deposit that can be applied in the shop or anywhere in the field without the hazards associated with traditional cyanide silvers.
SIFCO ASC, part of Norman Hay Plc, works with leading players in the power generation industry, including Alstom, Siemens and Rolls Royce. Typical industry applications for SIFCO ASC include the silver plating of palm assemblies, damper windings, copper wedges and strips, and the coating of shafts and engine components.
POWER-GEN International features five conferences and three exhibitions under one roof. The combined events will feature top international power industry companies from across the conventional and renewable sectors, demonstrating state of the art services and technologies covering every aspect of electrical power generation.
This year there will be four co-located events: Nuclear Power International, Renewable Energy World North America, The POWER-GEN International Financial Forum, and the GenForum.
Lee Shelton, Group Managing Director of SIFCO ASC, comments: “POWER-GEN International is a prestigious event within the industry and we are looking forward to showcasing our unique surface enhancement technologies and services for both OEM components and parts requiring repair and refurbishment. We’re especially excited to showcase our new portable silver repair kits that contain everything a trained technician needs to quickly make repairs on copper bus connections and get power restored.
“With more than 50 years of experience, we can offer our customers world class capabilities and application development support, no matter where they are located, backed by the global expertise of the Norman Hay Group.”
To register for POWER-GEN International, visit www.power-gen.com
SIFCO Process® Repair Gets Crane Mining Again Only Days After Critical Repair
By repairing the pinion gear of a mining crane in-situ with the SIFCO Process®, industrial gearing manufacturer Horsburgh & Scott Co. was able to return the crane to service with minimal downtime and extend the working life of the gear components. This in turn has improved the time between failure rate of the part and saved significant cost compared to alternative repair methods.
Horsburgh & Scott Co. is based in Cleveland, Ohio and designs, manufactures, services and rebuilds industrial gearing and gear drives for industry-specific needs. The company has a long-standing relationship with SIFCO ASC and has been working with them to solve various component repair issues for 20 years.
A Gouging Problem
The pinion gear is an essential part of a gear train assembly. In this application, the pinion gear was part of the boom driveline of a dragline excavator crane used in the surface mining of coal. If not maintained regularly, lubricant in the pinion gear can leak out of the seal and potentially cause the bearing to seize and gall the bearing journal. Removal of the seized bearing often results in additional gouging damage to the bearing journal surface.
When Horsburgh & Scott Co. approached SIFCO ASC with this problem, they worked together to look for a solution that would minimize the downtime as well as the cost of the repair.
A Selective Solution
Using the SIFCO Process®, a portable plating process used to selectively electroplate localized areas, defects are typically repaired with one or more layers of copper, and then covered with a wear resistant deposit.
For this application in which the gouge in the journal was filled with copper, no machining was required and only one layer of nickel was plated to achieve the desired journal dimension. This resulted in a repair that was significantly less expensive that other alternatives requiring pre and post-process machining.
Dave Niederhelman, Chief Metallurgist, Horsburgh & Scott Co. said: “SIFCO ASC is a well-established partner of Horsburgh & Scott and their ability to work on-site is highly attractive. Over the years they have helped us to find the most efficient ways to repair and maintain our customers’ equipment and this has added up to thousands of dollars, hours of downtime, and manpower time saved.
“In this application the SIFCO Process® has extended the working life of the gear and improved the failure rate due to the nature of the nickel coating on the journal. The cost of manufacturing and material to replace the gear would have been expensive in comparison, as well as causing weeks of downtime.”
Lee Shelton, Managing Director of SIFCO ASC concludes: “At SIFCO ASC, we understand the inconvenience caused when critical components fail and need urgent repair. The portability of the SIFCO Process® makes it a versatile solution used for numerous demanding repair and OEM applications. The localized plating process works well in an industrial environment. The plated deposits withstand considerable stress and strain, while maintaining excellent adhesion.”
SIFCO Process® Workstations Make Plating Process 90 Percent Faster for Powell
Powell Electrical Systems Inc., Delta/Unibus Division has reduced the process time taken to selectively plate each side of its copper bus bars by 90 percent, saving approximately $100,000 in labor costs, thanks to a unique semi-automated workstation developed by SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC), the world’s leading supplier of selective plating technology and solutions.
Copper bus bars play an important role in conducting electricity through distribution networks within the power generation industry and, therefore, need to be manufactured to an exacting standard that permits carrying very high currents across mating bus connections with minimal contact resistance. The industry practice to decrease electrical contact resistance at the mating bus connections is to electroplate them with a suitable material, such as silver or tin, before they are installed in the system.
A typical bus bar has four distinct faces that require silver plating. Prior to installing the semi-automated workstation, this was done manually, one face at a time, requiring an operator to move a hand-held plating tool (anode) back and forth across the surface being plated until the desired silver thickness was achieved. Thickness was often inconsistent because of the manual operation which required the operator to error on the high side tolerance. To complete a bus bar, this operation had to be carried out four times.
Bus bars are a core component in Powell Delta/Unibus’ portfolio; therefore the company is constantly looking for ways to improve its manufacturing process. SIFCO ASC and Powell already had an established relationship with Powell using SIFCO Process® equipment and plating solutions. Initial discussions with SIFCO ASC on process improvements identified the potential savings that could be achieved by adopting a semi-automated workstation. Further detailed discussions to better understand Powell’s production requirements resulted in the development of the Dual Plating Workstation, which was designed and built by SIFCO ASC.
This semi-automated workstation is the first of its kind for this type of application, which enabled Powell to selectively silver plate both sides of the copper bus bars simultaneously and achieve the desired plating thickness uniformly, consistently and efficiently.
The new semi-automated workstation is 90 percent faster at plating a bus bar than the original manual application, reducing the process time from 21minutes to just 2 minutes. These calculations translate into approximately $100,000 worth of labor savings annually when Powell Delta/Unibus is operating at full capacity. The efficiency gains and savings achieved have prompted Powell to purchase a second machine.
Jessica Heuel, Quality Assurance Engineer at Powell explains: “The whole copper bar processing line has multiple potential bottlenecks as do all manufacturing processes. Being able to significantly reduce the plating operation time has helped remove electroplating as a potential bottleneck in our process, which allows the workers to assemble the bus duct much faster.”
Jessica adds: “We are extremely pleased with the results of this project as it has vastly improved our business. The experts at SIFCO ASC are very good at understanding our processes and what we are trying to achieve rather than just being concerned with developing their own business by selling us product. Not only have they devised a solution that saves us time and money, but in fact it has improved the quality of our plating process as well.”
Lee Shelton, Managing Director of SIFCO ASC concludes: “This was a special project for SIFCO ASC that we are extremely proud of. We have worked with a number of companies to develop custom workstations, but these two are the first of their kind. We always endeavour to partner with our customers and create solutions that will be beneficial in the long-term.”
To find out more about SIFCO’s selective plating process you can visit: www.sifcoasc.de or email email@example.com US
For more information on Powell Electrical Systems Inc. you can visit: www.powellind.com