Apr 02

Nickel Plating Components for Rolls-Royce Oil and Gas Division

Electroless nickel plating is of course our speciality here at Electroless Nickel Plating Specialist. 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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Mar 28

UK Electroless Nickel Plating Specialists

As specialists in the electroless nickel plating process, Electroless Nickel Plating Specialist have tanks up to 10 meters in length with a lifting capacity of up to 20 metric tonnes.

This length and lifting capacity are unique to Electroless Nickel Plating Specialist. No other electroless nickel plating company in the UK have tanks of this size. The maximum competitive solution is actually only 3 meters in length. We have the facilities and expertise to plate parts for large applications.

Our turnaround time for all of our services cannot be beaten. We have 5 production lines and the capacity and speed to turnaround work very quickly. Our standard lead time is 5 days, but we have been known to turn parts around within 24 hours. Our competitors in the metal plating industry offer a 3-5 week lead time.

Here at Electroless Nickel Plating Specialist, we also offer supporting finishes for our plating services which include bright tin plating, matt tin plating, bright copper plating, shot blasting and heat treatment.

Electroless nickel plating for parts of all sizes

Despite our speciality in plating large components due our large capacity tanks, we also take on much smaller jobs and will happily plate all sizes of component no matter how small. As a metal plating company, we regularly electroless nickel plate components such as small pins and connectors, as well as large castings which may weigh up to 25 tonnes.

Electroless Nickel Plating Specialist’s range of treatments, metal finishes and coatings can be applied to a wide range of component types and environments, ranging from very hot to very cold conditions, environments with high levels of pressure, very dry or wet conditions.

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.
 

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.

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 Electroless Nickel Plating Specialist mean that even the most difficult large part can be plated correctly and consistently.

Mar 21

Derbyshire Based Chilled Iron Shot Blasting Service

Here at Electroless Nickel Plating Specialist, electroless nickel plating specialists based in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, we also offer the service of shot blasting using chilled iron grit.

Using chilled iron grit for shot blasting is the perfect way to remove contamination from a metal surface as it can be used to remove paint, to remove sand from castings, and to provide a sound key for painting. It can also be used to remove scale and treat a surface after heat treatment.The shot blasting services available at Electroless Nickel Plating Specialist are carried out on site according to our policy statements, industry standards and best practices in the field.

Chilled iron grit is used for shot blasting because its angular abrasive particles make it ideal for removing paint and oxides from ferrous castings and carbon steels. This cleaning process is fairly aggressive, making it only suitable for harder metals.

Chilled Iron Shot-Blasting Services in Derby, Nottingham, Chesterfield and Sheffield

Chilled iron shot blasting is a great way to clean various types of metal as it effectively removes paint adhesive, plastic and rubber insets, grease and rust. This process then leaves the component ready to be restored.

 

Here at Electroless Nickel Plating Specialist, we commonly use chilled iron shot blasting to repair and restore car parts, garden furniture, steel window frames and any other metal component that has suffered corrosion and wear over time.

Mar 07

Nickel Plating for the Packaging Industry

As specialists in the electroless nickel plating process, Electroless Nickel Plating Specialist 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 Electroless Nickel Plating Specialist 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.”

Feb 25

Marine Coatings for Sub-Sea Corrosion Protection

In addition to the process of electroless nickel plating, Electroless Nickel Plating Specialist 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.

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.

Feb 18

Metal Pickling at Electroless Nickel Plating Specialist

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.

Feb 14

Electroless Nickel Plating Specialist’s Movember Challenge Raises £500 for Charity

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

In November 2019, the entire male workforce of Electroless Nickel Plating Specialist 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 Electroless Nickel Plating Specialist website.