Mar 25

Electroless Nickel Plating: Perfect for Replacing Stainless Steel

Electroless nickel plating is an excellent alternative to stainless steel. Stainless steel can be very expensive, especially when making large components. Making large parts out of cast iron and then electroless nickel plating them afterwards is a much cheaper and quicker solution.

Stainless steel can be used in environments where corrosion resistance is important and where the levels of hardness of the metal are also important. However, despite its name, stainless steel is not actually fully stain proof.

Unlike ordinary steel, it doesn’t corrode, rust or stain easily with water. But under certain conditions, for example, where there are low levels of oxygen, high levels of salt or poor circulation, stainless steel will stain and in some circumstances will even corrode.

Electroless nickel plate: alternative to stainless steel

Mild steel that has been electroless nickel plated can actually be more effective than stainless steel. With regards to levels of hardness and corrosion resistance, an electroless nickel coating can exceed the benefits offered by stainless steel. Stainless steel is a lot more expensive than mild steel or cast iron that has been electroless nickel plated.

It is far more cost effective to electroless nickel plate parts made of mild steel or cast iron for the ultimate levels of corrosion resistance. Electroless nickel is not only a more cost effective solution, it is also a much more efficient solution to the problems of corrosion, wear and hardness.

As leading specialists in the electroless nickel plating field, we have the facilities to electroless nickel plate large components as an alternative to stainless steel. The equipment and methods used at NiTEC mean that even the most difficult large part can be plated correctly and consistently.

For more information about replacing stainless steel with electroless nickel plating to increase corrosion resistance of the component and keep costs down, visit the NiTEC website, or call our friendly team of staff on 0845 224 3571.

 

 

Mar 07

Nickel Plating for the Packaging Industry

As specialists in the electroless nickel plating process, NiTEC have recently had an influx of orders for electroless nickel plating grooved rolls used in the packaging industry.

We are able to plate objects of up to 20 tonnes in weight, and are the only company in Europe with the capacity to plate such large components.

The grooved rolls are typically used in packaging, can weigh up to 5 tonnes and measure 12 metres in length. As packaging material passes over the rolls at speeds of 1200 metres a minute, these huge components have particularly tight tolerances.

Commercial Director of NiTEC UK, Marcus Hill, said: “Grooved rolls are enormous pieces of equipment. We are the only electroless nickel plating company in Europe to be able to handle such a large component, so naturally we see a number coming through our doors.”

Electroless nickel is the only type of plating suitable for this purpose because it provides a uniform coating, is very corrosion resistant and resilient to wear.  Manufactured using mild steel, the grooved rolls are coated with 30-50 microns of electroless nickel. They typically spin at very high speeds and therefore need to be perfectly balanced.

“With other surface treatments, the part would need to be plated and balanced afterwards,” says Marcus Hill. “But with electroless nickel, we are able to balance the grooved rolls, and then plate them, which is far more convenient for everyone.”

If you would like more information about NiTEC’s capacity to plate large objects, please visit our website, contact our friendly team on 0845 224 3571, or email us at info@nitec-enp.co.uk.

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.

If you have more questions about electroless nickel plating or would like to find out more about it’s suitability regarding your project, visit the Nitec website, or call and speak to a member of our staff on +44 (0) 845 224 3571

Feb 14

NiTEC’s Movember Challenge Raises £500 for Charity

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

In November 2012, the entire male workforce of Nitec 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 Nitec 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 NiTEC, 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.

The versatility of electroless nickel plating means that its advantages can be enjoyed for a wide range of purposes. If you would like to find out more about whether nickel plating would be a suitable and effective solution for your project, do not hesitate to contact the team at NiTEC, who will give you all the advice you need. Call us on 0845 224 3571 or email us at info@nitec-enp.co.uk

Feb 13

Increased Use of Electroless Nickel Plating in the Automotive Industry

As experts in the electroless nickel plating process, the staff at NiTEC 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.

If you are carrying out a restoration project on a classic car, or would like to find out more about how nickel  plating can extend the life of components used in the automotive industry, contact the team at NiTEC for more information. Visit our website or call us on 0845 224 3571 for more information.

Feb 12

Electroless Nickel Plating in Derbyshire

If you are looking for a metal plating company in Derbyshire, NITEC are based in Chesterfield and have over 30 years experience in the metal plating industry.

As electroless nickel plating specialists, and the only metal plating company in the UK to have such large nickel plating tanks, we also provide a worldwide delivery service.

When you choose a metal plating company, it’s important to consider the location when making your decision. We are located in Holmewood, Chesterfield, conveniently close to junction 29 on the M1 motorway. Our location means that we have excellent access to the motorway, therefore we frequently deliver all over the UK, Europe and the world.

Quotes for electroless nickel plating

Here at NiTEC, our dedicated team of expert staff are able to provide customers with comprehensive quotes in a short space of time. We aim to respond to all electroless nickel plating, diffused nickel plating, copper plating, shot blasting and heat treatment enquiries within 48 hours.

We are also able to provide comprehensive, accurate quotes based on drawings or photographs. Simply email your metal plating project details over along with an image and we will endeavour to provide you with a quote.

If you have a metal plating project and would like to be provided with a quote, do not hesitate to email photos or drawings over to us at info@nitec-enp.co.uk. We will provide you with a comprehensive quote within 48 hours.

 

Jan 30

NiTEC’s Surface Technology Capabilities

Here at Nitec, we provide a wide range of surface treatment options for a variety of businesses. Specialising in electroless nickel plating, we also offer a range of other services including diffused nickel plating, copper plating and our very own surface treatment, SeaTEC 100 which has been developed especially for sub sea conditions.

Electroless Nickel Plating

Electroless nickel plating offers great wear and corrosion resistance, and is very cost-effective.

Find out more about our electroless nickel plating services here.

 

Diffused Nickel Plating

Diffused nickel plating is the gold standard in corrosion resistance and great for a marine environment.

Find out more about diffused nickel plating here.

SeaTEC 100

SeaTEC 100 is a an extremely effective way of increasing the longevity of components in subsea environments. This product can reduce maintenance costs and increasing the strength of components.

Find out more about SeaTEC 100 here.

Copper plating

Copper plating is an excellent conductor providing EMI (Electro Magnetic Interference) and RFI (Radio Frequency Interference) shielding purposes.

Find out more about Copper Plating here.

Shotblasting and Heat Treatment

Thorough surface preparation can be achieved using Shotblasting and Heat Treatment in addition to the standard chemical cleaning and activation process.

 Find out more about Shotblasting and heat treatment here.

Chilled Iron Shot Blasting

Chilled Iron Shot Blasting is the perfect process to clean all types of metal removing paint, adhesive, plastic, grease and rust.

Find out more about chilled iron shot blasting.

Special Projects

Electroless nickel plating has been used in many special projects where corrosion resistance is required such as art installations and architectural applications.

Find out more about our special projects here. 

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