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Galvanica Riva is a custom plating shop in Solaro, Italy, and a customer of Columbia Chemical’s global plating partner Tecnochimica. The company has been in business since 1962 and specializes in galvanizing, chrome, and nickel plating. They have three automatic lines with a programmable controller inside their fully automated frame warehouse, with a daily production of approximately 150,000 chromed pieces per day working on several shifts. They have a variety of high-quality analytical controls in place to meet their exceptional quality standards and deliver superior results to their customers. They are dedicated to environmental stewardship and are one of the few companies running a “closed” galvanic processing cycle, using an evaporator to distill and reuse their production cycle water.
With a dedication to quality and “green” processes, it is no surprise that Galvanica Riva was interested in working with Tecnochimica to trial Columbia Chemical’s TriCOL Reclaim®, an innovative new decorative trivalent plating technology.
Tecnochimica’s Technical Services Director Emanuelle Grillo led the conversion along with support from Columbia Chemical’s home office team. Within two short weeks of trialing the process, Galvanica Riva was extremely pleased with the results and gave the go-ahead to put it into full production.
The switch to Columbia Chemical’s TriCOL Reclaim® Trivalent Chromium Plating process has been a game-changer for Galvanica Riva. Pictured here, they were having struggles with nickel show, consistency, and throwing power of their previous chemistry, leading to higher rejects. TriCOL Reclaim has eliminated those problems and thanks to the performance of the process, their rejects have dropped substantially and the end results easily meet their high-quality standards. The team is so pleased, they are putting the process in all of their lines. Great job to our partner Tecnochimica and the Galvanica Riva team for their success! Additional operational and performance details on this breakthrough TriCOL Reclaim® process can be found in the article here.