Apr 29

Increase Metal Hardness with Heat Treatment Solutions

Here at NiTEC, our heat treatments services can be used for stress relieving and de-embrittlement as both pre-plate and post-plate treatments.  We often heat treat metals in order to increase their strength and wear resistance.

We also offer high temperature heat treatment solutions for sustained periods, which are used to diffuse the electroless nickel layer into the steel, which gives flexibility to the coating. This process does not affect the increased corrosion protection offered by this type of deposit.

Heat treatment refers to the controlled heating of metals in order to alter their properties without changing their shape.

 

From the heat treatment of specialist nickel alloy grades, to stress relieving of mild steel fabrications, the heat treatment services at NiTEC are monitored to ensure the highest quality.

Our heat treatment furnaces

The heat treatment facility at NiTEC has furnaces with ranges of 0 – 700°C.  Furnace 1 has dimensions of 1.5m x 1.5m x 2m high, and furnace 2 has dimensions of 1.7m x 1.7m x 2.2m high.

The staff at NiTEC use chart recording equipment to monitor the temperature changes of both the furnace and the work. This enables us to create heat treatment profiles which determine shotblasting solutions for many different requirements.

Our monitoring also ensures the material achieves the required temperature for the required time, in turn eliminating heat sinks on larger components or mixed loads. Small components can be loaded onto shelves to maximise the heat treatment capacity and minimise the cost of the treatment for our customers.

To find out more about the heat treatment facilities at NiTEC, click here to visit our website, call 0845 224 3571 or email: info@nitec-enp.co.uk

 

 

Mar 27

Eliminate Post-Plate Grinding with Electroless Nickel Plating

An electroless nickel coating can eliminate the need for post-plate grinding because of its ability to deposit a reliable, uniform coating.

The metal layer deposited by the electroless nickel plating process has an even thickness over all surfaces of the component, virtually regardless of their shape. As the components are not deformed by the plating process, the uniformity of the coating obtained by the nickel plating makes the process ideal for engineering components. Therefore, this uniform coating is the perfect solution for critical high-end engineering items such as those used in the defense, healthcare, automotive and aerospace industries.

The deposition of a uniform electroless nickel coating save time, effort, and money because no processing of the part is needed after plating. Therefore, tight manufacturing tolerances can be achieved with an electroless nickel coating as it is deposited evenly on the surface of the part.

The uniform coating of the nickel plating means that the surface is very hard wearing, resistant to corrosion and durable in a variety of environments.

 

The deposition process of electroless nickel is autocatalytic, meaning that once a primary layer of nickel has formed on the substrate, that layer and each subsequent layer becomes the catalyst that causes the above reaction to continue. Thus, very thick coatings can be applied, provided that the ingredients in the plating bath are replenished.

NiTEC are also specialists in diffused nickel plating technology, the copper plating process and the process of shotblasting & heat treatment. For more information about nickel plating services in the UK, take a look at our website, or call us on 0845 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.

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

Dec 21

Use Electroless Nickel Plating to Replace Hard Chrome

There are many advantages to using electroless nickel plating as an alternative to hard chrome.

Hard chrome is a common choice where the hardness and wear resistance of a component are important. The hardness of hard chrome is in the region of 800 – 1100 VHN.

The hard chrome deposit, however, is applied electrolytically. Metal coatings applied electrolytically generally create an uneven coating which may need post plating machining. The difference in coating uniformity between electrolytic and and electroless nickel plating is illustrated in the image below, and the same theory can be applied to hard chrome applied eloctrolytically and electroless nickel plating. Another disadvantage to hard chrome is that it tends to soften with heating.

Electroless nickel deposits form a perfectly uniform coating, unlike hard chrome. Although electroless nickel does not give the same level of hardness, the process of heat treatment can be used to harden it. Some electroless nickel deposits can be harder than 1000 VHN, making the hardness of electroless nickel plating comparable to that of hard chrome.

As well a electroless nickel plating, NiTEC also specialise in diffused nickel plating finishes, copper plating as a process, shotblasting and heat treatment.

To find out more about electroless nickel plating visit the NiTEC website.

Nov 28

The Benefits of Electroless Nickel Plating

The process of electroless nickel plating is ideal for plating engineering components.

Electroless nickel plating creates a uniform coating which prevents corrosion effectively. The deposit formed by electroless nickel plating is based on a chemical reaction, causing the deposit to collect in equal thickness over all the part, regardless of its shape.

This completely uniform coating is a perfect solution for critical high-end engineering items including those used in defense  healthcare, automotive and aerospace.

The uniform coating of the electroless nickel plating also means that the surface is hard wearing, corrosion resistant and durable.

NiTEC are also specialists in diffused nickel plating technology, the copper plating process and the process of shotblasting & heat treatment.

For more information about nickel plating services in the UK, take a look at our website.