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Dave Kapluggin & Air New Zealand Selective Electro Brush Plating Training

The training was for Air New Zealand, Christchurch using the new Sifco Zinc Nickel and LHE Cadmium

The training went extremely well and the solutions achieved exactly the required finish.  It was the first time that the new Sifco plating products were used at Air New Zealand Aero support.

The new Zinc Nickel is a very special solution that gives a very good finish with a very simple process to lay down.  This solution is now being accepted as a replacement for Cadmium plating on a few aircraft as it is no-where near as dangerous as the cadmium.  (Handling and application).  The US Air Force is now using it on a number of their aircraft with Airbus (NZ) beginning to use it too.

In this training Dave Kapluggin who is the certified trainer, was asked to demonstrate removing Cadmium with Cadmium in reverse current.  A piece of stainless steel sheet was used to plate a 2″ square of cadmium.  It was then masked showing half of the plated area.  The old cadmium was used in reverse until the cadmium began to be removed.  We then stopped, showing some of the cadmium having been completely removed down to the nickel pre plate and a little area still with a very thin layer of cadmium showing.  This was a great sample to be shown to the new platers and management.

Three electro platers in total were trained using this new chemical.  They were also re-certified for the LDC Selective Electro Brush plating using Cadmium.

Certificates were awarded to all after practical and theory tests were achieved.

The management team at Air New Zealand who came to have a look at the new process and training were very impressed with the new process and application.

TEI are extremely impressed with the new Sifco process having completed the training now for Air New Zealand Auckland and Air New Zealand Christchurch.  Great results achieved to the newly certified platers.

Dave Kapluggin recently returns from his trip training Abu Dhabi clients

TEI (NZ) Limited continues to train their international clients for Selective Electro Brush Plating.

Abu Dhabi Aviation engaged TEI (NZ) Limited to carry out a training instruction after buying the equipment and solutions from LDC.  The training was at the very well equipped and show like hangers in Abu Dhabi Airport.  Dave was very impressed with the brush plating set up when he arrived.  This was because of the great staff and Manager Paul Lim.  The training was for the repair and cadmium corrosive protection mainly on Bell Helicopters.  The staff were very attentive and interested in the process.

All of the staff and management were impressed with the Electroplating training and we were extremely happy that the Managing Director of Abu Dhabi Aviation Airport facility took the time out of his busy scheduel to come down to look at the process and to meet with Dave Kapluggin.

The security at the airport was very strict and Dave had to train outside the airport for a couple of days until he received clearance.  This clearance was helped through because of one of the locals was in the training class.  Sometimes it takes up to a month to get the clearance.  The heat was around 43 Degrees Centigrade all of the time but luckily the hanger was air conditioned!!  Abu Dhabi was a wonderful area and the buildings were tremendous.

The training went very well and all of the students received their certificates after the final written test.  Long journey home of about 28 hours in all.

Dave Kapluggin’s expertise and knowledge of the LDC Selective Electro Brush Plating process is extremely thorough.  Abu Dhabi Aviation and Staff were very impressed with the training and thanked TEI for their excellent job.

The Selective Electro Brush Plating Training carried out by TEI (NZ) Limited is comprehensive and we pride ourselves on working alongside our clients to make sure that all their requirements are met.

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