Patent Number: 6,309,517

Title: Apparatus for inline plating

Abstract: This invention comprises a driven conveyor for transporting work pieces into one or more flood plating cells for electroplating a metal onto the planar surfaces and surfaces of the through holes of the work piece. An electrolyte solution is pumped by one or more recirculating pumps into the flood cell at such a rate as to maintain the liquid at a desired level covering the anodes and work pieces while work pieces are moved through the cells. One or more power sources provide direct current to the anodes and to the electrified contactors to transmit electrical current to the work pieces. The electrified contactors are positioned across the path of the work piece and spaced outside of the flood cell such that the electrolyte solution does not contact the contactors. Plating will occur so long as the work piece is in contact with one or more of the electrified contactors and the electrolyte.

Inventors: Condra; Richard Carroll (Fredericksburg, TX), Johnson; Richard Malcolm (Bedford, TX)

Assignee: Oliver Sales Company

International Classification: C25D 17/00 (20060101); H05K 3/24 (20060101); C25D 017/00 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018