Elsyca PlatingMaster is a CAD-based simulation software platform for the analysis and optimization of electroplating processes. Elsyca PlatingMaster predicts current density and deposited layer thickness distributions for both decorative and functional plating applications. Before the first production run takes place, Elsyca PlatingMaster identifies the plating problems on a part, predicts the consistency between parts on a rack, and enables the user to design the part and tooling configuration (part orientation, rack load, shields, main and conforming anodes, …) and optimize process parameters.
In the automotive industry, the Elsyca PlatingMaster simulations are recognized by the OEMs to meet standards such as General Motor's GM14668 for POP (plating on plastics) and similar engineering best practices being adopted by other OEMs such as Ford.
Key features are:
- robust and fast simulation of current density and layer thickness distributions for complex 3D configurations;
- functionality to change and verify the impact of tooling and process parameters;
- support of static and moving – e.g. rotating – parts;
- database of polarization curves for both decorative and functional electrolytes (plating baths);
- possibility to extend electrolyte database with customer specific electrolytes;
- fast and highly accurate hybrid grid generator, specifically developed for electrochemical simulations purposes;
- Elsyca XPlorer, the visualization and post-processing environment that allows sharing 3D simulation results with other stakeholders;
- entirely integrated in SolidWorks® offering a cost-efficient and user-friendly interface for handling CAD models of the parts to be plated and the tank configuration.
Elsyca's PlatingMaster simulation technology accurately predicts the plated layer thickness, alloy composition and current density distribution, which brings the following benefits:
- product development engineers can tune/validate their design with respect to plating
- production departments can optimize the plating process itself (optimization of part load and orientation, tooling and racking design, process parameters) before the first physical part is built
- quality engineers know exactly where probe points must be defined in order to ensure that specifications are achieved.