The following is a press release issued by WBT-Industrie.
July 22, 2021 – WBT-Industrie has been chosen as the winner of the German Innovation Award 2021 in the medium-sized companies category for its development of the “3D gold-plating of connectors using PVD plasma” process (PVD = Physical Vapour Deposition), internal brand name: WBT-PlasmaProtect™.
With this plant technology it has, for the first time, been possible to develop a significantly more environmentally-friendly process to use instead of the electroplating process used previously. The effectiveness was increased from 20 to 80% by a new 3D process, the energy requirements were reduced by around 26% and resource consumption was reduced by about 35%.
At the same time, the long-term stability and contact quality was improved by a thin but extremely pure (high vacuum) and still elastic layer of gold (Hertzian stress).
The German Innovation Award is one of the most prestigious awards for new developments “made in Germany”, and is jointly presented by Accenture, EnBW and the magazine WirtschaftsWoche. Awards are given to companies that change technology and markets with their innovative strength.