Republic Solid Round Lead Anodes
Solid round anodes are the prevailing choice of Republic’s customers and represent the “top of the line” in quality and service.
Many plating operations have converted from rectangular ribbed or
flat anodes to solid round anodes. There are several reasons for the switch.
The first is that the flat ribbed anode has an inactive back side and throws current only from the edges and face of the anode. The round anode, however, has an electrically active surface around its entire circumference. Thus, less voltage is required to carry a given current and higher amperage can be carried without excessive heating. One chromium plater in Detroit, for example, has actualized nearly 20% in voltage reductions by switching from rectangular anodes to Republic solid round anodes.
In addition to saving on energy output, round anodes eliminate “dead spots” of no electrical current. The lack of these “dead spots” prevents the build up of lead chromate which destroys the life span of the anodes. Fewer “dead spots” also means less downtime for cleaning. Finally, round anodes are available in standard 1.5" and 2" diameters. They can be extruded from any of Republic’s quality alloy materials and combined with a large variety of hooks. Specialty sizes and alloys are available on request.