EP10 Chassis


SDC COMPLETE ELECTROPOLISHING SYSTEM EP10 Chassis


The EP10 Chassis is a complete, stand-alone electropolishing system originally designed and built by SDC to electropolish small stainless steel medical implants. The EP10’s small size, advanced controls, and proven durability offer an ideal alternative to large electropolishing systems for precision medical devices.

Each EP10 is built on request and SDC offers custom designed parts-handling systems, including parts feeding, fixturing, manipulating, and unloading. SDC can also offer complete custom integration for any specific application.

 

 

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EP10 Chassis Features & Benefits


Free-standing unit with a small footprint
Allows clients to start small and economically

Heavy duty construction
All exposed parts are built out of acid-resistant materials made to withstand the rigors of an electropolishing environment

Front access drain valve
Simplifies tank draining and maintenance

User-friendly touch-screen display
Simplifies machine operation

Robust PLC machine control
Control and monitor all critical machine functions, including current, voltage and tank temperature, history/trending of process variables and allows you to save, modify, and select electropolishing “recipes” for different parts

Additional on-board I/O
Allows additional capabilities with no need to upgrade the PLC

Dedicated electropolishing power supply
Ensures consistent full power for the polishing process

Current and voltage regulation system with independent low-current alarm
Ensures each process is consistent and alerts users when a variance is detected

Operation indicator lights
Easily monitor multiple EP10s

Baffling controlled bath agitation system
Designed for precise tank flow control for specific applications

Closed loop temperature control system with independent over-temperature alarm
Ensures each process is consistent and alerts users when a variance is detected

Two pump solution cooling system
Pre-chill cooling water to rapidly cool the solution bath for maintenance or other reasons

EP10 Chassis Specifications

EP10
Specifications

Size
Length 42″ x Width 30″ x Height 72″
(Height includes machine indicator lights)

Electrical requirements
220 Volts, 30 Amps, 50/60 Hz, 1 Phase, or
120 Volts, 60 Amps, 50/60Hz, 1 Phase

Electropolishing circuit
48 Volts, 32 Amps output current, dedicated electropolishing programmable power supply

Tank volume
10 US gallons (37.85 Liters)

Tank dimensions
Width 17.5″ x Depth 15.5″ x Height 8″
Download PDF: Base machine literature

Heating power
2000 Watt (2x 1000) heating coils

Operating temperature range
120–180 ºF (48.8–82.2 ºC)

Temperature accuracy
+/- 1 ºF (+/- 0.55 ºC)

Chiller power
1/3 hp, 4050 BTU/Hr

EP10 Chassis GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS


  • Heavy duty stainless steel unibody construction with stainless leveling feet and ventilation hood
  • CPVC table top
  • CAM-derived motions
  • Polypropylene tank with splash guarding on sides and rear
  • Operation indicator stack lights
  • Dual tank heating elements
  • Dual tank impellers (agitation)
  • Custom engineering and configurations available
  • Single or two up parts processing (requires addition of second power supply)
  • Teflon coated stainless steel cooling coil

EP10 Chassis ABOUT ELECTROPOLISHING


Electropolishing is an increasingly common method for polishing and deburring ferrous and nonferrous metals. Electropolishing systems work by smoothing, polishing, and deburring metal surfaces in an electrolytic bath. This process selectively removes high points on the metal surface while producing a uniform, high luster.

Electropolishing works by immersing a metal part in liquid media and subjecting it to direct current. The metal part becomes anodic (+) while another metal, usually lead, copper, or stainless steel, is used as a cathode (-). The direct current flows from the anode to the cathode, removing metal ions at a controlled rate. The amount of metal removed is dependent on the specific bath, temperature, speed, and alloy being electropolished.

Unlike conventional mechanical finishing systems, this process does not smear, bend, stress, or fracture the crystalline metal surface to achieve smoothness or luster. Instead, electropolishing removes metal from the surface while producing a unidirectional pattern that is stress- and occlusion-free, microscopically smooth, and often highly reflective. In addition, improved corrosion resistance and passivity are achieved on many ferrous and some nonferrous alloys. This same process is used for micro- and macro-deburring, as this reverse plating process selectively removes metal ions from high points on the surface without etching it.

 

Note: Steven Douglas Corp. (SDC) is not an electropolishing or metal finishing company, and does not offer electropolishing services. Features and specifications are subject to change without notice.

 

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