Research & Development

for the benefit of our customers and the environment

We enthusiastically introduce new technologies into our processes and take advantage of the many possibilities offered by digitization in our craft-based industry. For the benefit of our customers and the environment, we are continuously testing new products and are actively involved in research projects.

Abstract of our projects

Platinum-coated titanium anodes

We have been successfully using platinum-coated titanium anodes for internal chrome plating, the processing of complex geometries and for highly demanding material surfaces for several years. The next step will be to fully equip the first chromium(VI) bath with platinum-coated titanium anodes (PtTi) for external coatings in 2024. Replacing lead anodes with PtTi will significantly reduce energy consumption during chrome plating, avoid the formation of lead chromate and thus reduce the amount of waste. By switching to PtTi, we are aiming for a more uniform layer thickness and improved surface quality. As a result, the quality of our hard chrome layers will increase, which will have a positive effect on the performance and reliability of our customers’ products.

DigiChrom: Digital tools for improving galvanic coatings using the example of chromium(III)-based processes

Digital approaches and an associated ontology enable a much more goal-oriented research into electroplating systems. To this end, the project “DigiChrom” uses Machine learning methods to predict structure-property relationships from process parameters. Digital simulations make it possible to provide data that is difficult to determine experimentally. The ontology and the associated materials data space are based on a combination of experimental and generated data. With this approach, missing knowledge can be derived from what already exists. This makes it easier to systematically examine process-structure-property relationships, demonstrate them explicitly and to develop new ones from existing relationships.The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Further information on the DigiChrom project and the project partners can be found on MaterialDigital.

Hard chrome plating with chromium(III)

Since 2017, Betz-Chrom has been working with innovative chemical suppliers to test electrolytes based on trivalent chromium compounds for hard chrome plating. The result of these research collaborations is our BeGreen Chrome® pilot process, in which a functional hard chrome layer is deposited from a chromium(III) electrolyte. The coating properties differ in part from conventional hard chrome plating, which is why the feasibility for the respective application must be tested. Find out more about functional chrome plating based on trivalent chromium compounds.

Efficiency enhancement of air extraction systems

The research project LEGOLAS – “Luftabsaugungstechnische Effizienzsteigerung in der Galvanik – Optimierte Luftführung mittels Abblas- und Saugvorrichtung” aimed at keep contaminated vapors at the electroplating baths away from the worker and the indoor air by means of a combination of blow-off and suction device. The project was carried out and successfully completed in partnership with the galvanic system manufacturer Rauch Kunststoff- & Galvanotechnik GmbH (project coordination), the chair for Factory Automation and Production Systems of the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, the chair for Manufacturing and Remanufacturing Technology of the University Bayreuth and Zitt GmbH & Co. KG.

CAD and 3D Printing

In order to shorten the lead time of the customer components at our company, in the case of complex geometries the actual steel component is made of plastic using customer drawings, CAD software and 3D printing. These replacement models serve as a working basis in fixture construction. When the customer’s components arrive, the necessary fixtures are then already made and the lead time is significantly reduced.

Coating Simulation

In cooperation with Elsyca, we can simulate the theoretical chrome deposition on complex parts by using 3D software. By optimizing the fixture construction with data from the simulation we can positively influence the flow behavior in the component.

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Abstract of our cooperation partners

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The experts in production and logistics support companies worldwide on their way to operational excellence.

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Ditec is an innovative software company in the field of automation technology for electroplating plants.

Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA

Pioneer and innovation driver for processes and plants in the field of electroplating technology

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Society for Tribology e.V.

Betz-Chrom is a member of the Gesellschaft für Tribologie e.V. (Society for Tribology e.V.)

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Institute for Electroplating and Surface Treatments Solingen GmbH & Co. KG

IGOS assists us as an independent and competent partner for surface examinations.

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Chair of Materials Technology, Ruhr University Bochum

Betz-Chrom realises coatings for the Chair of Materials Technology of Ruhr University Bochum.

MacDermid Enthone

MacDermid Enthone innovates and manufactures chemical compound solutions for metal and plastic surfaces.

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Maurer Magnetic AG

In close cooperation with Maurer Magnetics, we have discovered a solution to demagnetize components in a process-reliable way.

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Transfer of technological expertise for demanding challenges in surface refinement.

Umicore Metal Deposition Solutions

Umicore MDS is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of electrolytes and electrodes for surface finishing.

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Zentrum für Oberflächentechnik Schwäbisch Gmünd

Expertise in education and training in the field of electroplating and surface technology.

Betz-Chrom – your partner for strong parts

In the sense of a trustful partnership, you will receive highly qualified technical advice from us that is tailored to your needs. We combine 70 years of experience in surface technology with an innovative and inquisitive corporate culture. Our quality awareness, our occupational health and safety management as well as our measures for environmental protection and energy saving are audited and certified according to DIN standards. As an on-schedule partner with high quality level, we constantly aim to find the optimal process solution for you.