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.