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Luvata introduces new anodes brochure for electroplating industry

Luvata anode balls

(3 August 2016) Manufacturing anodes for nearly five decades, Luvata offers a free updated brochure on the distinguishing characteristics of a Luvata anode. Available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, Luvata anodes deliver consistent and predictable coating performance for the electroplating industry.

At Luvata, each casting of oxygen-free copper or phosphorous copper anodes begins with a master alloy of high purity copper, melted under highly controlled and optimum conditions. This offers the lowest variation in structural and chemical properties and therefore high consistency throughout each anode.

As a result of Luvata's casting process, the copper crystal structure of Luvata cast anodes is comprised of large grains, see Figure 1. Large grain size ensures better anode film adhesion and less absorption of organic plating additives, delivering uniform plating, electrical conductivity and ductility performance. Luvata's manufacturing process guarantees anodes behave in exactly the same way – from plating bath to bath.

Luvata anode balls contain large cast grains

Figure 1 - Luvata anode balls contain large cast grains.

 

Without such stringent manufacturing controls, impurities such as tin, lead or silver can form sludge that floats in the plating bath causing inclusions and a rough coating finish. Depending on the impurity or impurity level, these factors can reduce electrical conductivity or cause stresses or changes in the mechanical or physical properties of the coating.

Commonly used in the manufacture of printed circuit boards, rotogravure printing cylinders or for decorative plating purposes, Luvata anodes are available in slug, ball, oval, plate, dogbone and hexagonal shapes and corresponding sizes. Download your free Luvata anodes brochure here.

 

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For more information, please contact:

Markku Kallio
Product Group Manager
Luvata Pori Oy
Phone: +358 2 626 5791
Email: markku.kallio@luvata.com

 

Albert Gwee
Sales Manager - Electrical Power Business Unit
Luvata Malaysia Sdn Bhd
Phone: +607 2526688 Ext 220
Email: albert.gwee@luvata.com

 

About Luvata

Luvata is a world leader in metal solutions manufacturing and related engineering services. Luvata's solutions are used in industries such as renewable energy, power generation, automotive, medicine, air-conditioning, industrial refrigeration, and consumer products. The company's continued success is attributed to its longevity, technological excellence and strategy of building partnerships beyond metals. Employing over 6,400 staff in 18 countries, Luvata works in partnership with customers such as SolarWorld, Siemens, Toyota, CERN and Carrier. Luvata is owned by Nordic Capital funds V and VI.

Common anode forms:

  • Balls
  • Slugs
  • Mini-slugs
  • Plates
  • Ovals
  • Hexagonals
  • Dogbones

Applications for copper anodes:

  • Coin blanks
  • Rotogravure printing cylinders
  • Printed circuit boards
  • Decorative plating
  • Radiators
  • Automotive parts


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