There 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 →
A 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 →
In 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 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
PRV Engineering’s significant investment in a new plating facility in 2013 has led to a firmer control over prices and lead times.
One of the fastest growing high precision engineering machining specialists in Europe, PRV have been trading for over 27 years. Managing director Simon Jones believes the company’s new plating facility will have a vital part to play in the future of its Busbar business.
He said; ”Our order book continues to grow and the stabilisation of our Busbar business, via the investment in our new plating facility, helps to convince our loyal clients that we are here for the long term.
“Because we are in the high voltage power industry and a lot of our products are Busbars, they either require tin-plating or silver plating for added conductivity. In the industry we find it increasingly difficult to get the service done in an adequate time and at an adequate price. Continue reading →