Q. I am looking for a real-time monitoring system for a plating line to eliminate monthly coupon testing and weekly solution testing. Are there computer-based systems that will troubleshoot processes when they “go south?” D.A.
A. What you are really looking for is a “robotic plating technician,” and to my knowledge there currently are no systems that will enable you to do all the things you want to do. There are systems available that will control chemical additions and monitor your plating baths on a real-time basis. Perhaps some of our readers are aware of such a system and will respond.