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 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

 

 

Apr 17

NiTEC are Sustaining Members of the Institute of Materials Finishing

NiTEC are pleased to announce that we are now Sustaining Members of the Institute of Metal Finishing.

The Institute of Metal Finishing is an internationally recognised body with expert knowledge on all areas of metal finishing, coating and surface engineering technologies.

It’s great to have access to the services and benefits that the Institute offers, and in turn be able to add value to our own services, the benefits of which we can pass on to our customers.

 

As a Sustaining Member, NiTEC have the privilege of receiving up to the minute information on the latest technical developments in the sector, and get all the latest information about forthcoming legislation on health, safety and environmental issues, as well as events of interest to the metal finishing industry.

NiTEC also now have access to the latest technical information through the Institute of Materials Finishing journal transactions and its newsletter IMFormation, and we also have access to the technical inquiry service which engages us in contact with industry experts and consultants.

We also have the opportunity to enroll our staff on further Education and Training courses, ranging from basic surface finishing theory and practice, to those leading to nationally recognised qualifications.

NiTEC’s Sustaining Membership of the Institute ensures we are making a positive commitment to the long term sustainability of the industry as well as ensuring that the views of our industry are presented to Government and to the EU. Our membership also supports the recognition of metal finishing and surface engineering as important sectors of manufacturing in UKPLC.

Here at NiTEC, we have over 30 years experience specialising in the electroless nickel plating process, and we have developed a comprehensive range of metal finishing processes and techniques. Our equipment and experience enable us to process all ferrous substrates, including plating stainless steelcopper and its alloys, and aluminium alloys.

To find out more about the range of metal finishes that we offer including electroless nickel platingdiffused nickel platingcopper platingshotblasting or heat treatment, visit the NiTEC website for more informationcall us on 0845 224 3571, or email us at info@nitec-enp.co.uk.

Apr 08

Our Commitment to Quality Electroless Nickel Plating

NiTEC are proud to announce our latest ISO 14001:2004 certification!

Here at NiTEC, we operate a Quality Management System which complies with the requirements of ISO 14001:2004 for the application of electroplating and electroless plating and associated metal treatment processes.

At NiTEC, quality and service are of vital importance. We are committed to following our Quality Assurance Programme which is outlined in our Quality Manual, in accordance with the requirements of BS EN ISO 14001:2004.

ISO 14001:2004 certification means that the quality management system at NiTEC has been recognised globally.

 

All employees at NiTEC are responsible for implementing the recommendations outlined in the Quality Manual. These standards of quality are applicable to all of their activities and they are responsible for achieving the specified quality levels at all stages of work.

NiTEC is comprehensively equipped for all aspects of quality control and product testing. We also have the ability to carry out non destructive testing for thickness and hardness, in order to ensure the highest levels of quality and accuracy at all times.

To view our awarded certificate, please click here –  BS EN ISO 14001:2004 

To find out more about the range of quality metal finishes that we offer including electroless nickel platingdiffused nickel platingcopper platingshotblasting or heat treatment, visit the NiTEC website for more informationcall us on 0845 224 3571, or email us at info@nitec-enp.co.uk.

Apr 02

Nickel Plating Components for Rolls-Royce Oil and Gas Division

Electroless nickel plating is of course our speciality here at NiTEC. Our capacity for electroless nickel plating large parts cannot be matched in the UK. We were recently approached by Rolls-Royce with the prospect of electroless nickel plating a component for their oil and gas division.

Of course famous for making high quality cars, Rolls Royce are also world leaders in providing power
systems and services for use at sea, on land and in the air.

Rolls-Royce’s energy business supplies gas turbines, compressors and diesel power units to customers around the world and is a world leader in the supply of power for onshore and offshore oil and gas applications.

 

Operating in four major global market sectors, marine, energy, civil aerospace, and defense aerospace, we were of course delighted to help such a large and successful company.

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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 18

Metal Pickling at NiTEC

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.

If you would like more information about Nitec’s experience working with substances such as hydrofluoric acid, please don’t hesitate to call us on 0845 224 3571 or email us at web@nitec-enp.co.uk. Alternatively, you can visit the Nitec website 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.