Enthone has introduced a hard chrome process specially engineered for the hydraulics/fluid power market. Ankor Hydraulics is designed to deliver corrosion resistance while offering a more sustainable alternative than other high-efficiency, etch-free hard chrome processes. It also is said to eliminate failures related to micro-porosity and nodules to ensure high performance at a lower cost of ownership.
Specifically, the Ankor Hydraulics process imparts enhanced micro-crack, pore-free chrome deposits on steel. More thickness is achieved on the weakest spot of the hydraulic bar in less time, while reducing electricity and chemistry consumption, Enthone says. In addition to steel, the process offers rapid deposition of hard chromium on stainless steel, induction-hardened steel, chrome-on-chrome and nickel underlayers.
The technology also includes a foamless, PFOS-free mist suppressant designed to eliminate airborne emission and contribute towards the smoothness, brightness, hardness and robustness of the process, while enabling easy chrome-on-chrome adhesion and resistance to current interruptions.
The Ankor Hydraulics process is designed for horizontal hoist and continuous lines, as well as manual vertical operation. It is especially suited for plating hydraulics cylinders, as well as chrome-plated bars and tubes.