Enthone Inc., a business of Cookson Electronics, is building an advance plating applications laboratory. Located at 350 Frontage Rd., West Haven, CT, the laboratory is scheduled to be completely operational in September.

The mission of the laboratory and its staff will include:
  • Evaluation and validation of Enthone processes prior to beta-site field testing
  • In-depth training and demonstration of process capabilities to Enthone personnel and select customers
  • Identification and implementation of the best processing methodologies and operating windows for Enthone’s best-in-class new and emerging technologies
  • Collaborative work with key customers to develop unique plating solutions
The laboratory will house multiple high-performance plating lines that will enable processing of Enthone functional, decorative and electronic coatings that are designed to deliver corrosion protection, wear resistance and superior aesthetics on a variety of parts used in automotive, plumbing, printed wiring board (PWB) and other surface finishing applications. Specifically, dedicated plating lines for Enthone plating-on-plastics, copper/nickel/chrome, passivation processes, surface preparation chemistry, zinc and zinc alloys, hard chrome and electroless nickel will be installed. Additionally, lines for connector and leadframe precious and base metal plating, as well as PWB fabrication final finishes, oxide replacement alternatives and metallization processes, will also be fully operational.

The lab will be managed by Robert Collin, applications and technology manager for Enthone – Americas, who will also supervise a newly staffed corporate technical services group, as well as chemical technicians solely dedicated to the operation of the lab.

For more information, visitwww.enthone.com.