05516412 is referenced by 166 patents and cites 12 patents.

An electroplating cell includes a floor, ceiling, front wall, and back wall forming a box having first and second opposite open ends. A rack for supporting an article to be electroplated is removably positioned vertically to close the first open end and includes a thief laterally surrounding the article to define a cathode. An anode is positioned vertically to close the second open end, with the assembly defining a substantially closed, six-sided inner chamber for receiving an electrolyte therein for electroplating the article. The article and surrounding thief are coextensively aligned with the anode, with the floor, ceiling, front and back walls being effective for guiding electrical current flux between the cathode and the anode. In a preferred embodiment, the cell is disposed as an inner cell inside an outer cell substantially filled with the electrolyte, and a paddle is disposed inside the inner cell for agitating the electrolyte therein. The rack is removable and installable vertically upwardly which allows for automated handling thereof.

Title
Vertical paddle plating cell
Application Number
8/441853
Publication Number
5516412
Application Date
May 16, 1995
Publication Date
May 14, 1996
Inventor
Kwong Hon Wong
Wappingers Falls
NY, US
Frank Spera
Poughkeepsie
NY, US
Otto P Schick
Poughquag
NY, US
Lubomyr T Romankiw
Briarcliff Manor
NY, US
Jeffrey S Richter
Kernersville
NC, US
Helmut R Poweleit
Highland
NY, US
Jose Ordonez
Pleasant Valley
NY, US
Matteo Flotta
Yorktown Heights
NY, US
John O Dukovic
Pleasantville
NY, US
Kirk G Berridge
Fishkill
NY, US
Panayotis C Andricacos
Croton-on-Hudson
NY, US
Agent
Francis L Conte
Stephen S Strunck
Assignee
International Business Machines Corporation
NY, US
IPC
C25F 7/00
C25D 17/06
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