Large Tier 1 Aerospace Supplier approached Frost Electroplating with an opportunity to tender for their new Connector business.
Discussions with the management team at Frost highlighted their concerns with the supply chain unable to find a solution to the selective Ag and Hard Anodising requirement. The difficulty was getting both finishes to meet, midway down a blind bore, on the 1mm chamfer with clear definition and with no bare material exposed. Companies from both the USA and Europe had spent 2 years trying to meet the requirement.
At our following New Part Review meeting the idea of looking at conventional plating, masking & stripping methods was discarded, purely because a lot of companies over the 2 year period tried & failed.
By really thinking outside of the box a suitable solution was designed and built within the Frost lab to trial single piece parts. As the success increased we increased the plant to produce 5 at a time.
Frosts Technical team produced a PFMEA to identify all high risk failure modes (RPN’s >100) and defined actions to overcome these.
The plant was demonstrated to the customer resulting in enough confidence for them to fund a primary & a litigated secondary plant to meet the production schedules.