We have a technical collaboration with DMI,Holland for Hard Chrome Plating of Auto Dies. TheDMI process offers a unique technology for Hard Chrome Plating of dies used in automobile industries, which in-turn provides various advantages and result oriented benefits to the customer. The thin hard chrome layer which gets deposited on the working chopard-replica.apwatchreplica.com
surface of the tool due to the Hard Chrome Plating process has the following properties:
1.Nonstick in nature, Low Friction, Smooth Surface Finish: These properties results in:
a)Improved material flow in the drawing process helps in
i) Eliminating defects (such as wrinkling, Scoring, Splitting) on the car panel
ii) Zero panel rework time, man power, consumable cost
iii) Reduce panel rejection & panel rework rates
b) Highest lubricity, hence use of lubricants reduced by 90%
c) Shorter press operation time
2.Hardness (900 VPN/ 62 HRC), Good Wear Resistance: These properties results in:
a) Increased die tool life: More wear & tear on un-plated dies takes place which causes the panel quality to decline as the shape of the die changes. The die then must be repaired by welding & subsequent re-profiling. This results in the additional costs such as.
i) Cost of skilled welding technician
ii) Costly welding material
iii) Cost of skilled polishing technician to reshape / re-profile the die
iv) Cost of tryout & adjusting the profile on the die tool
v) Cost of loss of production
vi) Increased loss of Idle time and effort, Indirect cost of electricity & other material
b) Die geometry is maintained at all times, even after multiple chrome plating hence panel quality remains consistent.
c) Re-plating of the die tool possible once the thin hard chrome plating layer disappears after thousands of stampings process.
d) Hardness of 900VPN (62 HRC) is achieved by Hard Chrome Plating process at plating temperature of around 580 C, hence virtually no heat distortion.
e) Other competing hardening process like Flame/Laser/Induction hardening, Plasma nitriding cannot achieve hardness of more than 600 VPN, whereas HCP process achieves a hardness of 900 VPN.
f) Hard chrome plating can be applied on basic cheaper grades of Cast Iron like GG25E instead of expensive grades of casting.
3. Double sided Zinc Coated Panels:
Increased use of double sided zinc coated process panel material results in loose particles of zinc or other debris to embed itself into the die causing a pimple. Many such pimples on the working surface of die will greatly damage the quality of panel produced as well as the surface of the die. Hard chrome plated die prevents the loose zinc particles from embedding into the die, due to hardened & smooth working surface of the die.
4) Auto Dies: Carrying out Hard Chrome Plating for Car Auto Dies under Technical Collaboration of Dmi (U.K.)
a) Improved Material Flow causing shorter press time
b) Zero Panel Rework Time
c) Reduction in oil consumption
d) Increased wear resistance of the die resulting in longer life