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 →
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