Quench Tank Dip Case Study – ACE Plated Chain
An industry leader in automotive chassis casting and machining was experiencing issues with its component heat treating line. At the end of the treatment, all components are dipped into quench tanks in large baskets to cool them down. Unfortunately, the corrosion resistant chain they were using was only lasting up to six weeks before needing replaced due to rusting, which was causing tight joints.
As a solution, Diamond Chain suggested its ACE plated chain. ACE (Anti-Corrosion Exterior) chains incorporate an electrically bonded, protective exterior plating that is applied prior to assembly. This proprietary plating serves as a protective barrier that oxidizes before the carbon steel base chain, thus preserving the chain’s physical and structural integrity. ACE chains provide superior protection against water, salt water, and humidity. The switch to ACE doubled the life of the chain and the company is now replacing the chain every 12 weeks.
Factoring in both downtime and replacement costs, after the switch to Diamond ACE chains, the company saw a savings of $21,300 over one year, and is estimated to see $106,800 in savings over five years.