Designs compatible with plating can cut costs

The field of cost engineering covers not only the science of engineering, but also commercial aspects. On the commercial side, it focuses on the management of project costs such as preliminary costing, cost control, calculations, investment budgeting, profitability and risk analyses. Project management addresses issues such as process and workflow planning as well as scheduling. Developmental aspects are also taken into consideration with the aim of designing manufacturing processes and workflows, e.g. in component production, electroplating and component assembly, as cost-effectively as possible from the outset. In order to achieve this, interdisciplinary, cross-company cooperation between the component manufacturer, the plating specialist and process suppliers as well as all other parties involved is indispensable. Professional communication along the entire value chain of suppliers and the ability to mutually determine component geometry, design and plating system are essential for good collaboration. Under certain circumstances, changes may even be made to the base material of the component and its quality in order to reproduce the desired material and surface properties as cost-effectively as possible.

When it comes to electroplating, the choice of a suitable coating is significantly influenced by the intended surface properties, such as the required degree of corrosion protection, functional aspects such as the friction coefficient, resistance to chemicals or acid, decorative aspects such as the desired gloss level, or the colour. In our experience, consulting electroplating specialists at an early stage can make components up to 50% cheaper in terms of surface coating and the resulting costs.

Would you like to know more about component design from an electroplating point of view? Then continue reading here: "Good reasons to consider electroplating in design" and find out why taking the surface finish into account at the design stage can help you reduce your costs!

If you are interested in specific applications, take a look at our "development partners" section – where you will find numerous examples of projects from a range of industries and sectors.

Zinc-nickel FleXXKorr, a bendable zinc-nickel coating, is a prime example of cost engineering. Joint project development work with the customer right from an early stage resulted in considerably more efficient processes. Hanging the tubes and similar items vertically on the product carriers enables the coating system to be loaded more effectively, making it possible to process greater numbers of components in one cycle. It also enables customers to perform bending and assembly processes in one single working step.