Electroplating Plants

The design, manufacturing, supply, and installation of automated electroplating lines.

Galvatek supplies various automated electroplating and electrocoating systems for aviation maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) operations, as well as for aviation part and component manufacturing. We have also supplied electroplating lines to leading companies in the field of metal finishing.

Final Rinse

Typical electroplating processes

Electroplating improves the surface qualities of objects. For example, it gives resistance to abrasion and corrosion, lubricity, reflectivity, and electrical conductivity. Many industries also benefit from electroplating’s ability to change the visual look of the product. With the electroforming process, a part of electroplating, manufacturing complex metal shapes, and purifying different metals is possible and widely used.

Ideal for electronic connectors and components.

For hospital accessories, lock components and decorative coating of interior accessories.

Diffused coatings for aircraft landing gear parts and similar components.

Special coating for corrosion protection of parts and components.

Phosphate coating is used in the aviation industry for the manufacturing of actuators and flaps/rudders.

A typical overall view of a tin plating plant with both rack and barrel plating capabilities.

Typical electroplated products

Electroplating is an extremely versatile surface treatment making it an ideal coating for various parts like:

  • Tool manufacturers: drills, files, plastic injection molds, saw blades
  • Mechanical engineering: axles, hydraulic pistons, crankshafts, cylinders, valves
  • Military: various parts, such as gun barrels
  • Automotive industry: decorative finish for internal and external car parts
  • Plumbing accessories industry: mixers and other heating, plumbing, and ventilation products

Typical electroplating plant

All John Cockerill electroplating plants are tailor-made for customer needs. Electroplating plants can vary hugely by size depending on the application. A typical plant consists of process tanks made of special plastics or steel, dryer, transporter and rectifiers. All this is made of selected materials to stand decades of heavy-duty operation 24/7 with electroplating chemicals. Process and production are controlled by process automation system and automated transporter. Wastewater treatment can be integrated into the plant if necessary.

Manual intervention

If the process requires manual intervention it can be integrated to the automated line as one separate station.

Loading/unloading area

Parts loading can be done outside the line with use of simple trolleys.

Filtration and pumps

Bath circulation and filtering by external units.

Dryer tank

Effective final drying of parts with heated and circulated hot air.

Automated Transporter

Automated transporter moves batches from tank to tank controlled by a process automation system. The automated production control allows you to process different batches with different treatments at the same time. Automated systems optimize the capacity of the plant and eliminate human errors.

Process Tanks

Stainless steel or plastic tanks can stand decades of heavy use with the strongest chemicals. Tanks are covered with lids when not loading or unloading, thus preventing the evaporation of fumes. Our engineering know-how allows us to choose the correct materials, methods, and structures for each chemical process.

Key solutions: Process Ventilation

Electroplating plants use strong chemicals. As a result, occupational safety and environmental protection must be prioritised when using these chemicals.

John Cockerill process ventilation Candovent is an innovation that has been developed by Galvatek to effectively extract vapours from chemical tanks. It eliminates the need for plant operators to wear special safety gear and prevents damage to the plant structure and ventilation system from corrosive vapours.

Process ventilation can reduce heating/cooling costs by up to 90 percent compared to traditional ventilation systems.


A typical overall view of a tin plating plant with both rack and barrel plating capabilities.

Key solutions: Process Automation

Process automation is used to keep workers from the dangerous chemicals with automated material handling and automated dosing of chemicals.

John Cockerill chemical milling plants have an extremely high level of automation. The automated systems cover both process control and production control by constantly monitoring and adjusting chemical processes while also controlling material handling. As a result, payroll expenses can be reduced by up to 70 percent compared to manually operated plants. Automated plants are also much safer than manually operated plants.