Feb 25

Marine Coatings for Sub-Sea Corrosion Protection

In addition to the process of electroless nickel plating, Electroless Nickel Plating Specialist also have experience and expertise in marine corrosion protection.

Our commitment to research and development has allowed us to create a new and exciting innovation within the engineering industry, SeaTEC100. Our marine coating is unprecedented within the industry for its fantastic corrosion resistance.

SeaTEC100 can withstand salt-spray conditions for at least 3 and a half years, providing corrosion resistance which will successfully extend the life of components and reduce maintenance costs. This revolutionary product has been developed and tested by our specialist team and protects mild steel from salt spray corrosion and marine corrosion for an extensive period of time, making it ideal for use in sub-sea conditions.

Marine Corrosion Protection

SeaTEC 100 marine corrosion protection is the perfect solution to increase the longevity of components used in subsea conditions. It effectively increases the strength of items such as pipeline connectors, where the material is at its weakest level. This product has been independently tested to withstand salt spray conditions for over 25,000 hours, a period of time that is unprecedented within the industry.

SeaTEC 100 effectively plates metal components, valves and connectors, making it a cost-effective way of extending the life of mild-steel operating in marine environments. It is also available in a variety of colours.

Using SeaTEC100 to extend the life of materials such as mild steel in marine environments is highly cost effective as it reduces (and in some cases avoids all together) downtime as a result of corroded parts. Therefore, SeaTEC100 is the ideal plating for oil rigs and pipes used to transport oil and gas.

Feb 21

6 Things You Need to Know about Electroless Nickel Plating

What is electroless nickel?

Electroless nickel is an alloy of nickel and phosphorous.

How does electroless nickel plating work?

Electroless nickel plating occurs when an auto-catalytic reaction deposits a coating of nickel onto a substrate.

Unlike electroplating, it doesn’t require an electric current passing through the solution to form a deposit, hence the term ‘electroless’.

What are the advantages of an electroless nickel coating?

An electroless nickel coating provides great corrosion protection, even in the most extreme environments. It is very hard and has excellent wear resistance. Another fantastic feature of electroless nickel plating is that it can be used where close tolerances are required for components, meaning that there is no need for grinding after plating.

What surfaces can electroless nickel plate be applied to?

Electroless nickel can be used to plate most base materials including stainless steel, steel, copper and brass.

Why use electroless nickel plating over other plating methods?

Electroless nickel plating can be used to plate very complex shapes with a uniform coating. Unlike electrolplating, the deposit has a completely uniform thickness all over the component in question. The electroless nickel plates all parts of the components surface, regardless of holes, recesses, or sharp angles.

In which industries is electroless nickel plating used?

Electroless nickel plating is perfect for use in offshore applications. It has been used in a wide variety of other engineering disciplines including automotive, defence, aerospace and electronics.

Feb 18

Metal Pickling at Electroless Nickel Plating Specialist

Among our other services including electroless nickel plating; we also offer the option of metal pickling.

Pickling can be used to effectively remove impurities from a metal surface such as stains, rust or scale. This type of metal surface treatment uses strong acids to remove impurities from the surface of the metal and is commonly used to clean or descale steel.

We have recently been involved with a project pickling stainless steel for the Aerospace group Meggitt. The components, which were to be used in a project in offshore Brazil, were pickled using hydrofluoric and nitric acid.

These types of acid are effective in removing discoloured scale from stainless steel.

 

Many processes that occur at a high temperature can leave a discolouring oxide residue or scale on the surface of the metal. Pickling the component removes the scale from the surface of the metal, leaving it looking much cleaner and brighter.

Acids are difficult to handle because they are so corrosive. Therefore, pickling is a process that requires the upmost care and safety. Luckily, we have the experience and expertise to carry out this process safely.

Feb 14

Electroless Nickel Plating Specialist’s Movember Challenge Raises £500 for Charity

The staff at Electroless Nickel Plating Specialist are proud to announce that their Movember mustache challenge raised a fantastic £500 for charity!

In November 2019, the entire male workforce of Electroless Nickel Plating Specialist grew mustaches in aid of prostate and testicular cancer.

Quality Director Paul Allen said, “We’re really pleased we took part in Movember, it’s a great cause.  It was nice to get all the male staff involved in the fundraising, £500 isn’t bad for growing a few mustaches!”

 

Starting November with a clean shaven face, the staff didn’t shave for the entire month. And as you can see from the picture, they had some impressive facial hair going on!

For more information about our services including electroless nickel plating visit the Electroless Nickel Plating Specialist website.

Feb 14

Common Uses of Electroless Nickel Plating

Our previous blog posts have featured the uses of electroless nickel plating primarily in the manufacturing industry. Electroless nickel plating, however, is very versatile and can be used for a number of architectural and even domestic purposes.

For example, household items, taps, bathroom and kitchen accessories can all be nickel plated to achieve an attractive and hard wearing finish. Electroless nickel plating can also be used in the plumbing industry for showers, pipework, taps and accessories. It can even be used to plate garden furniture (see picture) as it’s excellent corrosion resistance and resistance to the elements means that it is a far better material for this purpose than wood or plastic.

Electroless nickel plating can also be used extensively for architectural purposes, such as hinges, locks, door knobs and handrails. It is also used in the refurbishment of hotels and shops to refinish existing fixtures and fittings.

Here at Electroless Nickel Plating Specialist, we welcome all types of nickel plating project, no matter how small or large. With the biggest nickel plating tanks in the UK, we are often asked to plate very large components. We also welcome smaller, public one off components and home projects.

Feb 13

Increased Use of Electroless Nickel Plating in the Automotive Industry

As experts in the electroless nickel plating process, the staff at Electroless Nickel Plating Specialist carry out metal plating on a number of projects specifically for the automotive industry.

We commonly plate brake calipers for the automotive industry as the process of electroless nickel plating can dramatically improve the quality of the surface metal. Nickel plating is the ideal way to coat and protect the steel of a brake caliper, making them very corrosion resistant and hard wearing. It is a necessity that brake calipers are very hard wearing and last a significant amount of time. This is because they allow a vehicle to stop as they squeeze the brake pads against the surface of the brake rotor.

Classic vehicle refinishing

Nickel plating has also become popular for plating and restoring classic cars, vintage cars, and motorcycles. Not only does the nickel look great with its bright, shiny silvery finish, it is also very hard wearing and perfect for protecting the vehicle from corrosion and rust.

 

When nickel plating is applied to cars and motorcycles, however, it can become dull if it is not polished regularly. But because nickel is such a hard metal, it can be cleaned easily with most metal cleaners without causing damage to the surface of the metal.

Feb 04

Electroless Nickel Applications

Electroless nickel coatings are commonly used in engineering applications. The field of engineering often requires coatings that can withstand a lot of wear and exposure to corrosive materials.

Common applications of electroless nickel include:

  • brake calipers (see image below)
  • oil field valves
  • rotors
  •  door knobs
  • kitchen utensils
  • bathroom fixtures
  • electrical tools
  • mechanical tools
  • office equipment
  • drive shafts
  • paper handling equipment
  • fuel rails

Electroless nickel is the idea coating to salvage worn parts. The hardness of the coating allows continued use of the component after plating because the electroless nickel can be applied and then machined afterwards to achieve the final dimensions.

There are other hard wearing coatings of course, such as hard chromium, but electroless nickel is better suited to applications of this sort because of its uniform deposition. This means that it can be applied successfully to very complex shaped parts, with the guarantee that the electroless nickel coating will fill all recesses, holes, and irregularities of the surface with a perfectly even coating.