May 13

Extend the life of mild steel with SeaTEC100

Since 1978, NiTEC 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 NiTEC, 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 NiTEC’s electroless nickel plating capabilities, please visit our website.

Apr 04

Advantages of a High Phosphorous Electroless Nickel Alloy

An electroless nickel coating is a dense alloy of nickel and phosphorus. The amount of phosphorus co-deposited can range from less than 2% to more than 12%, depending upon bath formulation, operating pH and bath age.

High phosphorous electroless nickel plating tanksAn electroless nickel coating with a high phosphorous content is extremely effective in the oil, gas and coal industry. These environments are highly corrosive and therefore require a phosphorous content of more than 10%.

Phosphorous content in electroless nickel deposits can vary from 1 – >12% by weight and the variation can be controlled to result in a number of deposit types.

High Phosphorus Deposits

  • Typically contain 10-12% phosphorus
  • Very high corrosion resistance
  • Complete lack of magnetic response.
  • Most conditions in the highly corrosive oil, gas and coal industry require deposits with a high phosphorus content (>10%).

Low Phosphorus Deposits

  • Typically contain 2-5% phosphorus.
  • Improved hardness and wear characteristics
  •  Higher temperature resistance
  •  Increased corrosion resistance in alkaline environments.
  • Best suited to the chloro-alkali industry, such as the transportation of liquid soda.
  • Enhanced solderability and bondability, especially in electronic applications.

Mid Phosphorus Deposits

  • Typically contain 6-9% phosphorus
  • Bright and aesthetically pleasing
  • Good hardness and wear resistance
  • Moderate corrosion resistance

Alkaline nickel-phosphorus

  • Plate at a relatively low temperatures (75-140°F, 24-60°C)
  • Suitable for plating on plastics and other nonconductive materials
  • Suitable for use on zincated aluminum.

If you would like to find out more about electroless nickel plating with high phosphorus nickel deposits for use in the oil, gas and coal industry, please visit the NiTEC website.

Feb 25

Marine Coatings for Sub-Sea Corrosion Protection

In addition to the process of electroless nickel plating, Nitec 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.

For more information about using SeaTEC 100 to extend the life of parts exposed to subsea conditions, please contact the expert team at Nitec by calling 0845 224 3571 or email us at web@nitec-enp.co.uk. Alternatively, you can visit the Nitec website for more information.

Jan 24

New NiTEC Website is Now Live!

Derbyshire based electroless nickel plating company NiTEC are pleased to announce the completion of our new website.

We have worked closely with Seven Creative, web design and marketing agency in Sheffield to create a new, modern site that reflects the growth of the business.

As our customers will already know, we have established ourselves over the past 20 years as electroless nickel plating, corrosion resistance and surface technology specialists. Therefore, our website needed to demonstrate effectively the various types of service that we provide.

Social media and blogs

The new website also includes links to our social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Flickr. Our 3 blogs can also be accessed from the website, which are updated regularly to include case studies, testimonials, recent projects and technical information.

To find out more about the services we offer, including electroless nickel plating, diffused nickel plating, copper plating, shot blasting and heat treatment, visit our new website at www.electroless-nickel-plating.co.uk

Jan 21

What is the Difference Between Electroless Nickel Plating and Electroplating?

An electroless nickel coating is created when an auto-catalytic chemical technique is used to deposit a layer of nickel onto a solid component, usually plastic or metal.

The metal is deposited when a reducing agent reacts with metal ions. The metallurgical properties of electroless nickel alloy depend on the percentage of phosphorus present in the deposit. Phosphorous content can range from low (2-5) to high (11-14).

Nickel electroplating is a process which results in the deposition of nickel onto a metal part. Electroplating is achieved by immersing the component into an electrolyte solution so that the component itself is used as the cathode. The nickel anode is then dissolved into the electrolyte solution of nickel ions. The ions travel through the solution and are then deposited on the component.

A thin layer of nickel is deposited onto the metal object, which can provide corrosion and wear resistance, or be used to build up parts that have been worn down over time.  Unlike electroless nickel plating however, this process makes the component subject to changes in the density of the current. This results in variations in the thickness of the electroplated deposit.

If you would like more information about the process of electroless nickel plating as an alternative to electroplating, visit the NiTEC website, or call our team of expert staff on