Labor cost and chemical usage went down because the company was not re-plating their parts multiple times, while productivity went through the roof.
A leading manufacturer of interconnect products had a long-standing cycle of rack, plate, strip, re-rack and re-plate in order to maintain the quality they required. The resulting backlog impacted not only productivity but the company’s bottom line. Realizing that something had to change, management reached out to Hubbard-Hall for help.
Changing the Chemistry
Typical of Hubbard-Hall’s methodical approach to problem solving, the team visited the facility to see first-hand where they might be able to add value. They reviewed the company’s entire production process, from pre-plate to waste treatment and disposal. As a result of the audit the team made several suggestions, including changing out the hi-phos electroless nickel chemistry currently in place with an alternative chemistry, as well as making changes to the pre-plate cycle. These changes produced results that proved to outperform the incumbent and add consistency to the finished product.
Labor cost and chemical usage went down because the company was not re-plating their parts multiple times, while productivity went through the roof. Where plating had been working overtime just to keep up with production, that has completely turned around—now production is challenged to keep up with plating.
Quality of parts improved, corrosion protection enhanced, labor costs reduced, all while saving on their chemistry purchases. Sounds like a win-win situation, wouldn’t you agree?