The Electroplating Process and Applications


You may already know what electroplating is but what you may not know is how it works. Electroplating can be described as a common metal finishing or improving process used in a number of industrial applications.

It’s not new though as the earliest form, which became the modern electroplating process, occurred in the early 19th century. At this time, the development of bigger electric generators meant higher currents which drastically improved the process. With the advancement of industrial and manufacturing practices over the past two hundred years, this process has greatly evolved. Continue reading

Reasons for coating busbars

coating busbarsThere are a few reason for plating or coating busbars. Cosmetic reasons or provision of insulation are a couple but the most common reason for coating busbars is to inhibit corrosion.

Busbars are commonly made from copper, which in itself is quite resistant to corrosion but busbars are often used in environments where higher levels of protection are needed. Over time, copper oxidises and can impact the surfaces conductive properties. So plating or coating busbars, not only reduces corrosion but also improves the longevity and conductive properties of the item. Continue reading

Growth predicted in the global busbar market

busbar imagesA recent report Busbar Market indicates that the market size will rise from $12,321.9 million to $16,038.6 million by 2020.

This is largely due to rise in energy demands, the growing construction sector and increased upgrading of electrical infrastructures. Growth in related areas such as switchgear transformers is also contributing to the growth of the busbar market. Continue reading

Electric Car Industry Boosting Busbar Uptake

various busbarsIn the majority of instances a busbar is a better choice for conduction needs however the uptake of busbars as standard parts has been somewhat slower than one might imagine when looking at all the benefits they bring. The benefits over cabling in most instances are quite well documented.

  • Versatility both in terms of the various connections and the ease with which busbars are installed and changed means they are quicker and easier to slot into design work
  • Physical costs of installing busbars are lower because they are easier to install and wiring errors are eliminated
  • Busbars can be made to order and between the various different material make-ups there are busbars fit for almost any purpose
  • Busbars allow better thermal management both due to their inherently better connections and also their sleeker design, which allows for greater space for airflow or cooling systems
  • Busbars can connect at right angles, the space saved by using busbars because significant when compared to large bundles of cables required in many projects
  • Because of their modular design busbars can deal with changing energy loads far better than traditional cables
  • Although initial material/part costs may be higher for a busbar solution in the majority of cases the labour saving plus the saving over the lifetime of the materials (such as alterations) will more than recoup that initial outlay

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PRV Engineering – Your one stop shop for Busbars

Image of busbarsWithin the world of electrical power distribution, Busbars are commonplace. But what is a Busbar and what does it do?

The main purpose of a Busbar is to conduct a substantial current of electricity. Typically, they are contained inside switchgear, panel boards or busway.

Rather than branching the main supply at one location, a Busbar allows new circuits to branch off anywhere along the route of the busway.

Here at PRV Engineering we not only take great pride in the quality of our Busbars, but we understand your requirements. PRV Engineering delivers when other companies can’t. Continue reading

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