Design and Engineering at Vincent Metals Corporation
In the instance we are attempting to describe, the customer came to us and asked us to make the product they were being supplied by another company. The product was a Pt coated Ti rod .250″ in diameter. They were not happy with the lead times as this was an automotive application. The supplier was unwilling to stock even though they were using large quantities on a monthly basis. So, since we had been supplying them with Pt clad Nb in expanded mesh form and was willing to stock it, they strongly urged us to make this product.
We looked at the current method of processing and realized there were a couple of issues that we felt could be compromising the product. So, we re-designed the starting package to incorporate a different diffusion barrier. So, when the outside supplier extruded the product, they used a different material that would be more readily removed later in the process. In addition, it had the added benefit of not being a contaminant in our customer’s process later on down the road. We also looked at the number of passes and anneals used during wire drawing and realized both were excessive. So, we changed the pass schedule and eliminated some anneals to arrive at the final product as specified by the customer.
Upon comparing our product to the competitor’s, they found ours last over 30% longer in their plating process, which was instrumental in helping them to reduce costs and doing the same for their customer.
Design and Engineering Details
|Engineering Procedures||Design and engineering for coextruded metals|
|Engineering Process||Materials Selection and Application|
|Materials Engineering||Cladding Metals such as PT and Nb|
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