Reference Projects

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STI support for ECOPLATE cooperation

The overarching aim of all partners is to further develop the IPA research station @ Chulalongkorn University under the ECOPLATE umbrella. Our strategy here involves entering into a long-term cooperation for the benefit of all partners.
The cooperation is also supported by funding from Thailand. The National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office (STI) has proven to be a reliable backer, offering substantial support to the team in the form of funding, feedback and constructive dialogue.

Improving electroplating process reliability and expertise for high-quality manufacturing in S-Curve industries

A lack of knowledge on electroplating process reliability can in part lead to high discard rates and as a result, energy and material is wasted. The aim is to increase process knowledge related to special cases of blistering. Here, the electrogalvanizing process for corrosion protection that is used in the automotive industry has been chosen as a case study for electroplating process reliability research. -Project partners: MMRI, IPA, MTEC - Funding agency: TRF, under the funding scheme of the International Research Network (IRN).

 

SCHOOLPLATE

Exploration of technical and vocational education and training measures for electroplating in Thailand - Exploration Phase

At present, there are no suitable technical and vocational education and training programs in Thailand capable of covering the industry’s requirements.

The project therefore aims at supporting the Thai electroplating industry to help upskill the workforce.

Electroplating processes for thermoplastic materials obtained from renewable biological resources BIOPLATE

The aim of the project is to develop environmentally friendly, energy-efficient platable thermoplastic materials and establish the electroplating process chain for such materials. Bio-based materials offer the possibility of reducing carbon emissions produced in the process chain, while a negative carbon footprint may even be possible in the lab. MMRI, IPA and the University of Sion applied for this project under the Southeast Asia - Europe Joint Funding Scheme for Research and Innovation – Joint Call 2018.

Corrosion mechanisms and microstructural characterization of zinc-based corrosion protection layers on steels (CorrMech)

The aim of the project is to enhance the understanding of the basic material and corrosion mechanisms of cathodic corrosion protection layers under specific circumstances for protection and greater efficiency with regard to materials and energy. - Project partners: MMRI, IPA, Institute of Industrial Manufacturing and Management (IFF) of the Universitiy of Stuttgart, MTEC. - Funding agency: German Research Foundation (DFG).

Nickel alloys: potential replacement for energy intensive electroplating technologies ECOLOY

The objective here is to attain a basic understanding of layer materials based on nickel alloys for use in environments subject to high levels of tribocorrosion . MMRI, IPA in co-operation with Institute of Industrial Manufacturing and Management (IFF) of the University of Stuttgart and MTEC are preparing this joint project under the funding scheme of the international programme of the German Research Foundation (DFG).

SimpleSimu – Usability of electrochemical field simulation tools for SME

Electric field simulation is one of the major tools at our disposal to enhance energy and material efficiency of electroplating processes in the field of plant and component design. There are software tools available on the market but they are too complex to use directly in the SME-based electroplating industry. IPA and MMRI are working on a project concept with the aim of developing an electric field simulation tool which can be handled by electroplaters. 

Enhancing energy efficiency in anodizing processes

Anodizing aluminum is a high energy consumption process in the field of electroplating. This is due to the fact that the electrolytes must be cooled to a low temperature. In hard anodizing, IPA has made promising progress in increasing energy efficiency by raising the temperature. This shall now be extended to standard anodizing and to climates such as those typically seen in south east Asia.

Heat management concepts in electroplating plants

Electroplating plants and factories operate on the basis of entirely different processes; some must be heated, some must be cooled, and all to differing temperatures. Specific projects with individual companies have been successfully carried out, enhancing the energy efficiency of the plants and factories in the process. The idea is now to develop concepts to extend this to electroplating processes in SMEs as well.