Electroplating for the energy transition

In order to establish a green hydrogen economy and to promote climate protection, reliable and resource-saving solutions from electroplating technology are needed for both the coating and the coating process of materials. For this field of application, Schlötter has developed innovative electrolytes and functional coating systems that can be used along the entire value chain. Renewable energy can thus be generated, stored, transported and used reliably and in a resource-saving manner.
The use of hydrogen as an energy carrier requires not only electrolytes and coating systems but also new testing methods. In this context, questions concerning material embrittlement (e.g. hydrogen embrittlement), hydrogen permeation as well as the barrier effect of coatings must be given special attention. To answer these questions, iChemAnalytics has developed digitized test methods that provide reliable and reproducible measurement results both in the laboratory and in the field.

Schlötter focuses on energy saving at SurfaceTechnology 2022

SurfaceTechnology Germany is back at last! After the cancellation of the trade fair in 2020 due to Corona, the industry is looking forward to SurfaceTechnology 2022, which will take place in Stuttgart from 21-23 June 2022. Around 220 national and international exhibitors will present the most important trends in surface technology at the trade fair. SurfaceTechnology Germany has a fixed place in the trade fair calendar of Dr.-Ing. Max Schlötter GmbH & Co. KG. As a solution provider, Schlötter will be presenting holistic solutions for electroplating chemistry, plant technology and service at the trade fair (Hall 1, Stand C28). In 2022, Schlötter will also celebrate its 110th anniversary; the company was founded by Dr.-Ing. Max Schlötter in Leipzig in 1912.

Schlötter’s product highlights at SurfaceTechnology are: The patented alkaline zinc-nickel alloy baths of the SLOTOLOY ZN VX product family, SLOTOLOY ZN 210 VX (barrel application) and SLOTOLOY ZN 80 VX (rack application), which have consistently proven themselves in practice. A special anode largely prevents the formation of cyanides during deposition of the zinc-nickel layer. A low-cost alternative to membrane systems, Schlötter’s SLOTOLOY ZN VX technology has proven to reduce consumption of chemistry, nickel and energy during deposition and cooling. The overall energy required for coating and cooling is reduced by up to 35%. Together with Passivation SLOTOPAS ZNT 80 and Sealant GM 2450 , SLOTOLOY ZN VX processes form a perfect trio in terms of corrosion protection and tribological properties. Sealant GM 2450, which will also be presented in the expert forum, meets the new standards for lubricant-containing sealants for fasteners. Sealant GM 2450 fulfils the requirements of the specifications VW 01131 and MBN 10544.

Together with iChemAnalytics, Schlötter will also present a new type of test stand at their booth, which enables in-process monitoring of hydrogen absorption. Within a test period of 60 – 120 seconds, it is possible to obtain reliable key figures and process monitoring with regard to hydrogen embrittlement. Among others, it is possible to monitor hydrogen evolution in pre-treatment processes. With the pickle degreaser SLOTOCLEAN BEF 1790, Schlötter has developed a product that effectively reduces the absorption of hydrogen in the base material. This makes it possible to reduce heat treatment steps such as tempering.

Schlötter is also represented with two talks in the expert forum: In her presentation “No fear of hydrogen embrittlement – an approach for solution” (Wednesday, 22 June, from 11.00 – 11.20 a.m.), Vera Lipp, R&D team leader for PCB and electronics, will be looking at quality assurance in the surface treatment of high-strength fasteners. Oliver Daub from the R&D team for cathodic corrosion protection will present SLOTOFIN GM 2450, a“High-performance sealing for connecting elements” that meets the highest requirements for corrosion protection and friction coefficient (Wednesday, 22 June, 3.20 – 3.40 p.m.). Both talks will be translated into English

We look forward to welcoming you on our stand in Hall 1, C28.