Scratch and Corrosion Resistant Bike Frames

Here at electroless nickel plating headquarters Nitec, we nickel plate a wide range of components, sculptures, and other items that need to be especially resistant to corrosion.

Slightly more unusual objects that we have had the pleasure of nickel plating are bikes! Road bikes and mountain bikes alike can get very dirty, and with all their exposure to mud and water, scrapes and scratches, and even just general use, it doesn’t take long for a decent bike to begin to look scruffy.

Electroless nickel plating your steel or aluminium  bike frame is the perfect solution to the problems of corrosion and wear on a bike regularly exposed to the elements. But from only £185 you can have your bike frame nickel plated to make sure it stays immaculate looking for years.

It will be resistant to corrosion, so say goodbye to rust and scratches!

We are specialists in electroless nickel plating and this service is a great way to protect your bike. All you have to do is send your bike frame to us, disassembled so that just the handlebars and frame remain, and we will nickel plate it for you in just 5 days.

To find out more about having your bike frame electroless nickel plated, contact NiTEC today on 0845 224 3571 or visit our website at http://www.electroless-nickel-plating.co.uk for more information.

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Nickel Plated Garden Art and Sculpture

Enhancing your garden with art and sculpture is a great way to add creativity and individuality to any garden. The process of electroless nickel plating provides a very high level of corrosion resistance and you can be sure that your metal garden sculpture withstands the elements all year round.

At Nitec, we are specialists in the process of electroless nickel plating, and have lots of experience in metal plating both garden and general outdoor sculptures. Not only do we have some of the largest electroless nickel plating tanks in the UK, able to accommodate large pieces, we have nickel plated sculptures for the likes of metal sculptor David Mach.

As well as the advantage of electroless nickel plating’s corrosion resistance, it is also a much more affordable option than stainless steel, which can be very expensive.

To find out more about electroless nickel plating, please visit the NiTEC website at http://www.electroless-nickel-plating.co.uk

Electroless Nickel Plating and Industrial Applications

Electroless nickel plating is used in numerous industrial applications because of its high corrosion resistance. Nickel plating is often used on automobile components, hardware tools, light fixtures, door handles and plumbing components.

As specialists in the electroless nickel plating process, NiTEC have state of the art technology for electroless nickel coatings. We can provide electroless nickel coatings that are very functional and useful for many different applications in a variety of industries.

NiTEC’s electroless nickel coatings are popular for the following reasons:

  • Uniform thickness regardless of component geometry
  • High corrosion resistance
  • Excellent wear resistance
  • High surface hardness
  • Natural lubricity

 

 

If you would like further information about nickel platingplating services or metal finishes, visit http://www.electroless-nickel-plating.co.uk

Electroless Nickel Plating for Engineering

There are many advantages of using electroless nickel plating for engineering purposes.

Even coating

Electroless nickel plating provides an even coating of nickel across the surface of the component. This is useful in engineering applications because it allows the nickel coating to be built up in order to increase the size of the item, and improve dimensional conformance.

Thickness

Electroless nickel coatings are also good for engineering purposes because the thickness of a nickel coating can easily be adjusted.

This means that no matter the specification, the thickness of the electroless nickel plating can be adjusted accordingly.

Blind holes and recesses within the metal can also be plated effectively using electroless nickel plating, as it plates wherever the nickel touches the item.

Corrosion resistance

Electroless nickel plating not only offers good cohesion and excellent performance, it is also very resistant to corrosion and wear.

Nickel plating as a barrier layer

Nickel plating can be used to plate uniformly over all surfaces, and can be used for applications where brightness is not required. As a barrier layer, nickel is plated on oil field valves, drive shafts, electrical tools and industrial machinery.

To find out more about electroless nickel plating, please visit the NiTEC website at http://www.electroless-nickel-plating.co.uk

NiTEC: One of the UK’s Largest Electroless Nickel Plating Specialists

As specialists in the electroless nickel plating process, NiTEC have tanks up to 10 metres in length with a lifting capacity of up to 20 metric tonnes.

This length and lifting capacity are unique to NiTEC as an electroless nickel plating company in the UK, as the maximum competitive solution is only 3 metres in length. Here at NiTEC, we have the facilities and expertise to plate parts for large applications, such as oil pipelines.

High-end service at cost-effective price 

As specialists in the electroless nickel plating process, NiTEC’s turnaround cannot be beaten. We have 5 production lines and therefore have the capacity and speed to turnaround work very quickly. Our standard lead time is 5 days, but we can turn parts around within 24 hours. Our competitors offer a 3-5 week lead time.

We also offer supporting finishes such as bright tin plating, matt tin platingbright copper plating, as well as treatments such as shot blasting and heat treatment.

Despite NiTEC’s capacity to plate large components, no job is too small for us as a plating company. We regularly electroless nickel plate components from small pins and connectors to large castings weighing up to 25 tonnes.

NiTEC’s range of treatments, techniques  and coatings can be applied to a wide range of component types and environments, ranging from the desert to arctic conditions, to the middle of the ocean, above and beneath the waves. We have recently developed SEATEC 100 which can sustain harsh marine conditions for thousands of hours. 

To find out more about electroless nickel plating, diffused nickel plating, copper plating, shotblasting or heat treatment, visit the NiTEC website for more information.

Worldwide Electroless Nickel Plating Delivery Services

Chesterfield based electroless nickel plating specialists NiTEC are able to deliver throughout the UK, Europe and the world. We can provide a quote based on drawings emailed to us and we have a standard lead time of around 5 days.

As a company specialising in electroless nickel plating, NiTEC have developed a comprehensive range of metal finishing processes and techniques. We are able to process a wide range of materials, including plating stainless steel, plating copper and its alloys, and plating aluminium alloys.

electroless nickel plating unique art

Electroless nickel plating specialists NiTEC operate in the following sectors of industry:

  • Marine
  • Oil
  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • General engineering
  • Unique art
NiTEC will work with you to ensure you get the best possible service and the right process for your industry. Whether you are looking to increase the strength of a pipe at it’s weakest level, protect the exterior of a material exposed to a marine environment, or even looking for a new alternative to stainless steel, NiTEC can help.

Contact us today to talk through your electroless nickel plating requirements and see how NiTEC can provide high quality processes at a cost to suit your business.

Replace Stainless Steel with Electroless Nickel Plating for Large Parts

Electroless nickel is often used as a replacement for stainless steel on large parts.

Stainless steel is very expensive, and it is often difficult to find a source to cast large stainless steel components. A more cost effective and time saving solution is to make large parts out of cast iron and then electroless nickel plate them for corrosion resistance.

Electroless nickel is perfect for plating large machined parts that need to be resistant to corrosion.

Conventional electro-deposit such as hard chrome or electrolytic nickel need to be machined after plating to hold dimensional accuracy. This re-machining on large, electroplated parts can cost hundreds to thousands of pounds. With electroless nickel plating, the job is complete once you have plated the part.

Consider electroless nickel plating

When designing large parts, electroless nickel should be considered if hardness, corrosion resistance, and wear are a concern.

Electroless nickel properties and characteristics often give it a significant advantage over conventional materials and methods. The equipment and methods used at NiTEC mean that even the most difficult large part can be plated correctly and consistently.

As leading specialists in the electroless nickel plating field, we have the facilities to plate large components, unlike small firms.

For more information on how we can fulfill your electroless nickel plating requirements, visit our website.

What is Copper Plating?

To copper plate an item, a layer of copper is deposited using an electric current. Copper plating was traditionally used for electroforming and decorative purposes. However, copper is also an excellent conductor. This means that copper plating can be used for EMI (Electro Magnetic Interference) and RFI (Radio Frequency Interference) shielding purposes.

The deposit from copper plating is very bright and has excellent levelling properties. One typical application for copper plating is for large aerials fitted under railway carriages.In addition, copper plate naturally kills bacteria, therefore, copper plating is frequently used to plate laboratory and medical equipment.

Bright copper plating can also be used decoratively as well as for functional purposes. Copper plating gives a highly polished copper-pink appearance.

As specialists in copper plating, NiTEC also have a range of lacquers available for copper plating solutions. These are great as they prevent tarnishing of the copper plating if it is intended for a decorative purpose.

 

If you feel the copper plating process is not for you, NiTEC are also specialists in the electroless nickel plating process, diffused nickel plating finishes and high-quality shotblasting & heat treatment.

Quality Electroless Nickel Plating

As specialists in electroless nickel plating, it is of the upmost importance that the quality of our work is of the highest standard.

We pride ourselves on working closely with customers to achieve the required quality. We believe that there should always be a discussion between the staff at NiTEC and the end user in order to set the optimum process parameters to achieve the specific plating needs.

The electroless nickel plating process is guaranteed to be carried out faultlessly with the help of a quality monitoring system.

The pre-treatment, electroless nickel process parameters, and the plated deposit can all be controlled to ensure the electroless nickel  process is perfect.

Quality depends on a number of different factors, including:

-The Substrate

-Pre – treatment

-Type of electroless nickel process

-Plating parameters

-Thickness

-Post Treatment

To find out more about electroless nickel plating visit our website at http://www.electroless-nickel-plating.co.uk

The Electroless Nickel Plating Process

The process of electroless nickel plating produces a nickel alloy that can be deposited without using an external power source. The electroless nickel solution involved consists of nickel ions, reducing agents and other chemicals. The most commonly used reducing agent is sodium hypophosphite. Nickel phosphorous alloys can be deposited on to specially activated surfaces, which act as a catalyst.

The metal layer deposited by the electroless nickel plating process has the advantage of having an even thickness over all surfaces of the component, virtually regardless of its shape. This effect cannot be achieved with electrodeposited coatings.

Before the electroless nickel plating process can begin, the parts have to be treated suitably. Electroless nickel solutions operate specifically according to their end requirements in a pH 4-9 medium at a temperature of between 25-92 degrees centigrade. The thickness of the nickel deposit depends on the operating conditions and time. Depending on solution composition and working parameters it is possible to deposit nickel phosphorous alloy layers with a phosphorous content between approximately 2 and 14% by weight.

It is possible to plate almost all metals including stainless steel, steel, aluminium and its alloys, and brass. It is also possible to plate non-conductive materials such as plastic and ceramics. Each type of material requires a specific pre treatment method. The quality of the electroless nickel deposit is dependent upon the quality and surface finish of the substrate material. In contrast with many electroplated nickel coatings the electroless nickel deposit reproduces the substrate surface finish.