May 13

Extend the life of mild steel with SeaTEC100

Since 1978, Electroless Nickel Plating Specialist have been committed to research and development in the field of metal plating.  In recent years, we have developed a new and exciting innovation within the engineering industry, SeaTEC100.

SeaTEC100 can extend the life of mild steel operating in marine environments. It is also a very cost effective way of doing so. Developed and tested by our specialist team at Electroless Nickel Plating Specialist, this product is able to protect mild steel from salt spray corrosion for an unprecedented length of time.

Perfect for use in sub-sea conditions, SeaTEC100 increases the strength of items such as pipeline connectors, where the material is at its weakest level.

Mild steel in marine environments

SeaTEC100 can effectively plate metal components, valves and connectors, making it a cost-effective and efficient way of extending the life of mild-steel used in marine environments. It is also the ideal plating for oil rigs and pipes used to transport oil and gas. SeaTEC100 has also been tested to withstand salt spray conditions for over 25,000 hours, longer than any other coating has been tested for within the industry with positive results.

To find out more about SeaTEC100 and Electroless Nickel Plating Specialist’s electroless nickel plating capabilities, please visit our website.

May 10

Copper Surfaces Kill Superbug MRSA

Anti-biotic resistant superbugs such as MRSA are an enormous public health problem as they spread so easily around hospitals. In fact, an estimated 7 million people worldwide catch healthcare-associated infections each year. But there is a way to combat this, and it’s not the solution you’d be inclined to jump to. Forget anti-biotics or cleaning products, copper plated surfaces actually have the natural ability to kill bacteria on contact.

Here at Electroless Nickel Plating Specialist, we make habit of keeping a close eye on the research and experimentation surrounding the use of copper surfaces in the medical industry.

Copper is often used to plate laboratory and medical equipment in hospitals, which is why we launched our new service copper plating medical clipboards for use in hospitals.

With the evidence for copper killing bacteria on contact mounting, we are confident that our service of copper plating medical clipboards is the logical solution to preventing the spread of infection and superbugs such a MRSA in hospitals.

Bill Keevil, of the University of Southhampton recently carried out an experiment which would test the theory that copper could be a very effective way of combating anti-biotic resistant superbugs. The live experiment took place on World Health Day and involved Keevil sterilising copper and stainless steel plates, and then coating them with 10 million MRSA cells. The plates were placed under a microscope and the results recorded.

The MRSA on the stainless steel surface thrived, but amazingly, the MRSA on the copper surface began to die off. Bill Keevil understandably believes that copper and copper alloys should be used on contact surfaces around hospitals such as door handles for example.

May 08

Copper Plated Medical Clipboards

In our ongoing effort to develop our metal plating services and keep up to date with advances in the industry, we have recently expanded our copper plating services. As specialists in the process of copper plating, Electroless Nickel Plating Specialist have launched a new service copper plating clipboards for use in hospitals.

Copper plating has a natural ability to kill bacteria on contact, and therefore is frequently used to plate laboratory and medical equipment. “copper plating is already used to plate door handles, push plates, and other equipment used in hospitals,” says Electroless Nickel Plating Specialist’s Commercial Director Marcus Hill. “I believe that by copper plating clinician’s clip boards, we can further contribute to providing an effective defense against the spread of infections in hospitals.”

Hospital-acquired infections are not only very common, but also very costly to the NHS. And recent research by carried out by the University of Southampton has shown that metallic copper surfaces kill microbes in minutes by causing significant membrane damage to the bacteria.

Copper has been proven to prevent the horizontal gene transfer in bacteria, which is to blame for antibiotic resistance, in turn increasing the number of health care associated infections. Horizontal gene transfer commonly takes place in hospitals on surface that are frequently touched. copper plating contributes to the prevention of infection spread and gene transfer.

Copper plated clip boards are a logical step forward in the quest to reduce the spread of bacteria and provide extra protection alongside the standard hygiene practices in the hospital environment,”