Electroplating at PRV Engineering

PRV electroplating machineryComponents that are designed to carry heavy electrical currents all need some form of electroplating if they are to perform effectively. There’s the side effect of an improved decorative look, but the reasons these components are plated are far more important than the look. Electroplating is essential to the functioning of the component. It helps in the following areas

  • reduced corrosion
  • enhanced strength
  • reduced friction
  • increased solderability
  • benefits to conductivity
  • help with paint adhesion

All these things mean a longer lifespan and less risk of failure. Advances in modern technology means that electroplating has become a critical part of the manufacture of components that will have an electrical current passing through them. When it comes to modern technology, in some areas it’s viewed as critical. Continue reading

Why Plate Copper Busbars?

PRV_Busbars_varBusbars made of copper are commonplace in the world of electrical power distribution. Switchgear, panel boards and busways all use busbars to convey substantial amounts of electricity, allowing more flexibility for circuits to branch off.

Copper is more resistant to rust and corrosion and so is commonly used in the production of busbars and other electrical equipment.

However, copper does oxidise over time and because of this the resistance in the conductive metal will increase, meaning that more power is needed to carry any current along its surface. Beyond a certain point, the metal can begin to flake and fall apart. It is for this reason that many metals are plated – it helps them retain their positive qualities and attributes. Continue reading

PRV securing its Busbar business

image of busbar platingPRV 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.
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The benefits of silver and tin plating

image of busbar platingPlating provides many benefits to products made from metal and other materials. It not only improves corrosion resistance and decorative appeal, but also increases solderability, enhances strength, reduces friction and alters conductivity. Plating can also help with paint adhesion.

Silver and tin plating are essential for parts that are designed to carry heavy electrical currents and are also viewed as being critical to modern technology. Continue reading

PRV Engineering – Your one-stop shop for Busbars

Within the engineering business, Busbars are commonplace. But what are they and what do they do? PRV Engineering pride themselves in their Busbar business and thanks to the company’s new plating facility, the future looks good, not only for PRV but for potential clients too.

What are Busbars?

In electrical power distribution, a Busbar is a strip or bar of copper, brass or aluminium that conducts electricity within a switchboard, distribution board or other electrical apparatus.

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