Chesterfield engineering firm invests £2m in Europe’s first robotic automated Electroless Nickel Plating line

CBE+ has invested £2m to create Europe’s first robotic automatedElectroless Nickel Plating (ENP) line at its site in Chesterfield.

The engineering supply chain provider is installing the first 6+1 robotic ENP at its 70,000sq ft state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.

Representing a £2 million investment, the automated plating line will allow the company to undertake a range of innovative projects, including the processing of small, precision-engineered components in high volumes, as well as allowing for a more consistant delivery of high-quality parts.

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Chief executive officer, Marie Cooper, said, “This is a significant investment for CBE+ and one that will bring many benefits to the business and our customers.

CBE+ CEO, Marie Cooper.CBE+ CEO, Marie Cooper.
CBE+ CEO, Marie Cooper.

"The new plating line reduces the scope for human error by automating dosing control and deposition monitoring and measuring. This results in a consistently high-quality finish on the products we process.

“Automating these tasks means we can redeploy skilled employees to projects that require higher levels of expertise.

"This will enable the team to use their skills and expertise on projects that will interest and challenge them, as well as helping to drive the business forward.”

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The automated line from Sidasa Engineering will also facilitate a highly repeatable surface treatment process, reducing the time taken to complete and send large orders to customers and significantly increasing CBE+’s Electroless Nickel production capacity.

The nickel-plating line will be linked with the newly commissioned effluent water treatment plant and combined heat and power (CHP) system.

The CHP system captures heat generated as a by-product of electrical power generation which is then used to provide heat energy for the surface treatment processes. The effluent plant filters and neutralises all waste chemistry on-site and allows for environmentally safe disposal and recycling.

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