Industrial device manufacturer achieves cost-performance advantages by partnering with GMF
General Metal Finishing takes pride in being able to establish plating processes that meet today’s most stringent standard specifications, but that is not the end of it. We have some customers whose device performance requirements extend beyond even what MIL-STD, ASTM, and other standards require. They are pushing the envelope of their devices’ performance and we are helping them by developing plating performance protocols that result in even higher levels of plating coverage and consistency.
For example, for the past several years we have been working with an industrial device manufacturer to plate some of their high-performance components. This opportunity has steadily grown into a partnering relationship in which we share our engineering insights to help them improve their device performance, material costs and product manufacturability. Here are some of the things we have achieved, working together.
Just-in-time deliveries. The initial concern of our customer was immediate deliveries of high-quality, specification plated parts. Today, we deliver parts to their manufacturing operations on a daily basis and they have quickly grown into one of our large-volume customers.
Improved plating schemes. For example: A critical part had a heavy coating of pure gold. We worked with the customer to modify the plating scheme to incorporate an alternative, multilayer precious metal deposit followed by a thin layer of gold. For this part, we reduced their costs by more than a third. More importantly, the new plating scheme improved part conductivity and device performance.
Chemical deburring. Our customer is a vertically-integrated manufacturer that does their own machining on CNC mills and Swiss machines. During a plant visit we learned that one of their “biggest headaches” (and cost factors) was manually deburring. GMF totally eliminated this wasted labor by instituting a chemical deburring operation prior to precision plating.
Improving soldering consistency. In an effort to improve our customer’s soldering consistency, studies are underway at GMF to determine what changes in plating schemes might favorably impact soldering performance at their plant.
GMF greatly appreciates a growing number of relationships with technology companies that wish to advance their specification plating to reduce manufacturing and material costs and improve their devices’ performance.