MacDermid Platers Calculator – Now available on Smartphones

Obtain quick calculations of average processing data for electroplating.

The Platers Calculator is able to estimate electroplating data for most common plated metals, including copper, nickel, chromium and zinc. Output results include average plating times, thicknesses and weight of metal deposited. There is also a guide to calculating the current densities for the Hull Cell Test procedure.

Available for Android, Blackberry, Iphones and Ipads, technicians will find the App quicker than using reference books and easier than their desktop software to provide guide calculations in real time. The Platers Calculator can be downloaded from the Macdermid.industrial web site.

This application is designed to calculate plating times, thicknesses, weight of metal consumed and cathode efficiency. Please note that the results displayed will give the average plating thickness deposited. If minimum thickness specifications are required, then an extra allowance will be required depending on the cell geometry and throwing power of the plating electrolyte.

To use the application:

  1. Select the metal being plated from the drop down box. The program will then display the atomic weight, density and valency of the metal being deposited. It will also display a default cathodic efficiency which is typical of the plating electrolyte selected. However, this parameter can be changed by typing in a different value.
  2. Choose one of the options: Thickness, time, weight or efficiency.
  • Choosing “thickness” will prompt for values of current density and time and will calculate the average plating thickness.
  • Choosing “time” will prompt for values of current density and required average thickness and will calculate the required plating time.
  • Choosing “weight” will prompt for current density and time and will calculate the weight of deposit and choosing “efficiency” will prompt for current, time and weight of deposit and will calculate the cathodic efficiency.

In addition to plating calculations, the program will also calculate Hull Cell parameters. This feature can be accessed by selecting the Hull Cell tab. The use of this application is self explanatory. The cell current is selected with the top slider and the distance along the Hull Cell panel from the high current density end is set with the second slider. The primary current density at this point is then displayed.

Selecting the conversions tab allows you to select many different units (for example grammes per litre to ounces per US gallon). Simply select the conversion required from the drop down box, enter the amount to be converted and press calculate to get the result.

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