About TANAKA Green Shield
■TANAKA Green Shield takes advantage of a unique TANAKA technology related to base plating.
Applying a nickel plating to an adhesion-preventing plate enables PGM sputtered films to be detached through chemical treatment without damaging the base material. This method makes it easier than previous methods to detach PGM sputtered films, so it is expected to reduce the amount of cleaning agent required when cleaning equipment, in turn contributing to reduced environmental impact. With an anticipated reduction in recovery loss of precious metals scattered around during the grinding process, this method is also expected to achieve higher PGM recovery rates with lower costs.
TANAKA aims to develop the TANAKA Green Shield system to support a wide variety of component shapes and sizes and to expand PGM film recovery rates by six times the current level by 2025.
TANAKA Green Shield jig cleaning process
Conventional jig cleaning methods
There are multiple jig cleaning methods for vacuum film formation equipment components, including physical detachment (blast cleaning) and thermal sprayed aluminum base film formation. Physical detachment, in which an abrasive agent (cleaning agent) is sprayed to remove an adhered film, is currently a commonly used jig cleaning method due to its low cost.
Use of an abrasive agent damages the surface of the base material, thereby leading to reduced lifetime of the base material. Another disadvantage of this method is that material is scattered during the process, causing a loss in precious metal recovery. Another method for detaching an adhered film is the thermal sprayed aluminum base film formation method of jig cleaning. This requires the adhesion-preventing plate to be coated with aluminum in advance using a thermal spraying method, and the aluminum to be then dissolved with chemicals.
Drawbacks of this approach include challenges in recovering adhered film from surfaces lacking an aluminum coating, as well as the elevated cost associated with forming the aluminum film.
The difference between the conventional methods and TANAKA Green Shield
TANAKA Green Shield is a base preparation method whereby nickel plating is applied to an adhesion-preventing plate prior to use. After using a plate in a sputtering process, for example, only the nickel plate coating between the adhesion-preventing plate and PGM sputtered film is dissolved. This enables not only the PGM sputtered film but also other adhered films with various compositions to be detached from the plate without damaging the base material.
This base preparation has a high level of adhesion with adhesion-preventing plates and sputtered films, which can prevent sputtering defects caused by peeling of sputtered film. A wide variety of component shapes can also be nickel-plated with this method. In addition to preventing degradation of the base material, this cleaning method is cheaper than the aluminum film formation method.
It also requires lower amounts of cleaning agent, making it an environmentally friendly, next-generation jig cleaning method.
Sputtering and deposition processes using the jig cleaning method