Joint ventures & Licensing agreements
Langcourt are often approached by businesses who want to use our technology and expertise in parts of the world where we are not currently well represented, or perhaps in a market or application that we are unfamiliar with.
Under those circumstances, it may be appropriate to enter into a licensing or joint venture agreement to fully exploit the market potential.
Typically, a partner in a licensing agreement will be required to make an initial payment then subsequent payments based on units processed, and would be responsible for all business costs in addition.
Occasionally a joint venture may result in improved market penetration and in an agreement of this kind; we will typically provide process details and training in exchange for an interest in the manufacturing business.
Minimum Equipment Required
The list is not comprehensive, and some of the equipment required is proprietary and must be custom-built by Langcourt.
In addition, some equipment cannot be specified until the environmental requirements of the desired location are known.
However, in general terms, the minimum required equipment is as follows:
- Computer system
- Comprehensive collection of hand tools
- Stud extractors
- Bead blast cabinet
- Compressed air system
- TIG welding equipment
- Milling machine
- Honing machines (horizontal and vertical) with suitable tooling
- Degreasing equipment
- Micrometers and bore gauges
- Fume extraction system
- Chemical stripping tanks
- Pretreatment chemical tanks
- Plating tanks, heaters, pumps and rectifiers
- Various chemicals
- Analytical equipment
Many people think that there is a single plating “machine” that does all of the work, but this list (together with the process description shown here) explains the situation a little more clearly.
All of this equipment together with the required working space and storage areas will probably take up a minimum of around 2000 sq.ft (approximately 200 m2)