Sea Technology

NOV 2018

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Page 21 of 52 November 2018 | ST 21 corrosion, wear, galling, solderability and brazing. It is carried out by skilled technicians to repair or maintain critical parts. The main benefit is portability. Only four elements are required: a power pack, plating tools, plating solutions and a trained operator—all small enough to pass through a submarine hatch. Unlike tank plating, selective plating can be per- formed in situ, which is critical in naval defense, of course, as the part or component does not need to be removed and transported to an external site. It can be brought into the shipyard, aboard vessels or anywhere it's needed to enhance or repair components, by any team member—certified technicians and engineers can take on the role after training, while the portable equipment facilitates use of machine shops at the point of repair. The process not only exceeds the fundamental requirements of shipbuilding manufacturing and repair and mainte- nance processes, it also provides a full circle of benefits, including quality, durability, cost saving, portability and time saving. Take the SIFCO Process (, the leading method of selective electroplating created by SIFCO ASC, in use for more than 35 years. The SIFCO Process is used by, and written into the specifications of, many leading companies servicing the turbomachinery industry. Carrying approvals from the American Bureau of Shipping, Mil-STD 2197(SH) and NAVSEA, the pro- cess uses significantly smaller volumes of plating solu- tion than tank plating, using only the required material. Selective plating enables portable protection in the marine industry.

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