The Tumbleplater is a patented process for batch processing parts that are normally barrel plated. Technic's Tumbleplater creates deposits of greater uniformity with faster plating times than conventional barrel plating lines of equal capacity, while providing a 75%+ reduction in dragout.
This fully automated line can load, process, rinse, dry, transport and unload utilizing less floor space with optimum efficiency and superior results.
Virtually all of the applications that are now being performed by barrel plating can be Tumbleplated. With a gentler tumbling action than in a barrel, some parts that cannot be barrel plated can be succesfully Tumbleplated, with the consequent advantage of bulk loading and unloading of those parts, significantly reducing material handling.
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Faster Speeds and greater deposit uniformity
The Tumbleplater creates faster more uniform deposits when compared to conventional batch processing. The ability to maintain critical plating thickness and provide superior uniformity makes the Tumbleplater the most advanced plating technology available in today's market.
Reduced dragout and chemical usage
Because the Tumbleplater transports only the parts from station to station, dragout is reduced at least 75% by volume when compared to conventional barrel plating. Significant reductions in metal consumption provides savings in both chemical usage and waste treatment. Optional in-station spray nozzles during the drip cycle can further reduce chemical dragout.
The Tumbleplater's design provides complete automation from beginning to end. The Tumbleplater is the only plating system that can plate, rinse and dry in-line. Manual loading and unloading of plating barrels is eliminated, reducing labor costs. The Tumbleplater's tote-to-tote automatic processing including in-line drying also eliminates a separate manual drying process with further labor savings and the benefit of reduced part damage and risk of part loss.
Space saving design and multiprocessing options
Tumbleplater lines fit a wide variety of floor plans. Multi-station options with in-line shuttles allow for different process configurations and multiprocessing within the same line.
The Tumbleplater's unique rotating belt and basket design allows for a transfer of parts only (no barrel) from station to station. Tumbleplater compartments remain directly over their own tank effectively eliminating the majority of dragout associated with barrel plating.
Parts enter the Tumbleplater basket which is in an elevated "load" position above the tank's solution.
Parts are lowered and the solution level rises due to displacement. Belt rotation begins and the parts begin the plating cycle.
After plating, the parts are raised out of the solution and allowed to drain removing most of the solution prior to transfer.
The basket tilts over and the belt rotates transferring only the parts to next station. Any solution clinging to the basket never leaves the area directly above the tank.
The Tumbleplater's open top design provides some significant advantages and offers a variety of features for expanding its production capabilities.
- Fully Automated
- Open Access to parts during processing
- Direct anode exposure
- In-line drying
- Solution agitation
- Flow plugs
- Easy access to all utilities
- Reduced water consumption
- User friendly software
- Acuator cover panels
- Quality engineering
- Modular construction
- Fume control
- In-line shuttles
- Custom Software
- Cool down conveyor
- Tote-to-tote capabilities
- Loading scale
- Ultrasonic cleaning
Tumbleplaters are typically built in two-station modules, plating and dragout/rinse. A series of Tumbleplater modules are combined to create an entire Tumbleplater production line.
Because the Tumbleplater rates of deposition may more than double those of conventional barrel lines, and fewer rinse stations are required, the overall size of a Tumbleplater line can be noticeably smaller than that of a conventional barrel line with the same capacity.
0.5 cu. ft.
1.0 cu. ft.
|Equivilent Barrel Size||
10" x 18"
14" x 30"
|Tank Size: width, dot||
41.5" x 29.5"
53.5" x 29.5"
|Approximate Tank capacity||
|Belt speed range||5-30 fpm||5-30 fpm|
Equivalent barrel rpm
2 - 12 rpm
2 - 8 rpm
215 sq. in
340 sq. in.
* Multiply by 1.1 to 1.5 for flat parts to round parts
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Photo shows line installed and running production.
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