Enthone (West Haven, Conn.) recently conducted two Plating Academy technical training sessions on decorative chrome plating at the request of Volkswagen and Volkswagen de México. Lupini Targhe, a manufacturer and supplier of decorative components for the automotive industry, hosted the Volkswagen de México training at the company’s production facility also located in Puebla, Mexico.
Extensive training was conducted by Enthone team members Linda Wing, automotive industry manager, and Rob Collin, technical development manager and six sigma black belt. For the Mexico training, Rafael Covarrubias, technical service manager - Enthone Mexico, joined the team in providing instruction. The training provided operating performance standards and best practices to optimize plated part quality, increase productivity, and extend product reliability. Specific topics included:
- Effect of molding conditions on chrome plating ABS and PC/ABS parts
- Corrosion mechanism
- Chrome plating part and rack design
- Failure mode analysis
- Best practices
Additionally, the team detailed how the use of Enthone copper-nickel-chrome plating systems deliver precise deposit thickness and reliable adhesion to meet automotive thermal cycle and CASS requirements.