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.

Solid Construction

From the EP10’s stainless steel uni-body construction, to its Teflon-coated cooling coil, all exposed materials used on the EP10 are made to withstand the temperatures and the corrosive solutions used in electropolishing.

Customization & Integration

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.

Machine Programming

The EP10’s user-friendly touch-screen control system can be customized to your specific application. The touch-screen display allows you to save, modify, and select electropolishing "recipes" for different parts.

EP10

Metals that Can Be Electropolished and Deburred Using the EP10:

  • 200, 300, 400 Series Stainless Steel
  • Low Carbon Steel
  • High Carbon Steel
  • Low-Alloy Steel
  • Nickel
  • Nickel-Silver
  • Certain Non-Silicon Aluminum Casting Alloys
  • Wrought Aluminum Alloys
  • Copper
  • Beryllium-Copper Alloy
  • Brass
  • Bronze
  • Inconel
  • Monel

Click on the Links Below to Download Product Literature

EP10 Product Flyer EP10 Base Machine Description EP10 Production Line Example EP10 Optional Components
EP10 Chassis Features & Benefits

Features

Benefits

Free-standing unit with a small footprintAllows clients to start small and economically
Heavy duty constructionAll exposed parts are built out of acid-resistant materials made to withstand the rigors of an electropolishing environment
Front access drain valveSimplifies tank draining and maintenance
User-friendly touch-screen displaySimplifies machine operation
Robust PLC machine controlControl 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/OAllows additional capabilities with no need to upgrade the PLC
Dedicated electropolishing power supplyEnsures consistent full power for the polishing process
Current and voltage regulation system with independent low-current alarmEnsures each process is consistent and alerts users when a variance is detected
Operation indicator lightsEasily monitor multiple EP10s
Baffling controlled bath agitation systemDesigned for precise tank flow control for specific applications
Closed loop temperature control system with independent over-temperature alarmEnsures each process is consistent and alerts users when a variance is detected
Two pump solution cooling systemPre-chill cooling water to rapidly cool the solution bath for maintenance or other reasons
EP10 Chassis Specifications

EP10

Specifications

SizeLength 42" x Width 30" x Height 72"
(Height includes machine indicator lights)
Electrical requirements220 Volts, 30 Amps, 50/60 Hz, 1 Phase, or
120 Volts, 60 Amps, 50/60Hz, 1 Phase
Electropolishing circuit48 Volts, 32 Amps output current, dedicated electropolishing programmable power supply
Tank volume10 US gallons (37.85 Liters)
Tank dimensionsWidth 17.5" x Depth 15.5" x Height 8"
Download PDF: Base machine literature
Heating power2000 Watt (2x 1000) heating coils
Operating temperature range120–180 ºF (48.8–82.2 ºC)
Temperature accuracy+/- 1 ºF (+/- 0.55 ºC)
Chiller power1/3 hp, 4050 BTU/Hr

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

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 electropolisher or metal finisher, and does not offer electropolishing services. Features and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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