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ELECTROLOID chrome plating equipment value?
We have an ELECTROLOID chrome plating equipment which was never used. It may well be 15 years old but was never commissioned. The size is 8 ft (L) x 4 ft (w) x 4 ft (H). Input is 380-420V/19A, output is 12 V/800 Amp. We would like to get rid of it. Is there any value in the equipment or should we just scrap it?
- Twickenham Park, Jamaica
Ed. note: Because it wasn't commissioned, it is more valuable, David. It isn't clear exactly what you have: a rectifier? a plating tank? You would need to clarify and/or supply photos.
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August 11, 2010
I used to be involved with designing and pricing plating plant and equipment for the W. Canning group of companies - Electroloid was one of the group companies.
Your description of this plant is not very clear. The possibilities are:-
It is a plating tank lined with lead or Ilex (plasticised PVC). This would only be worth the scrap value of the metal
It is unlikely to be a rectifier as these were usually upright to save floor space.
Electroloid specialised in small automatic or semi-automatic plants and it could be the control module for a unit of this type. Provided the shipping cost is not too high, it might be profitable to offer it elsewhere in the Caribbean or the US. although 380/420V 3-phase supply is more common in the UK or, I believe, in India.
If you could post a photo of the plant, I would probably be able to get a clearer idea of what you have got.
private - Birmingham England
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