Electroless Nickel Plating for Rolls-Royce

As a company specialising in electroless nickel plating, we have the capacity to nickel plate large components. NiTEC recently had the pleasure of nickel plating a component for Rolls-Royce’s oil and gas division.

Rolls-Royce are a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air. Rolls-Royce operate in four global market sectors: civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy.

NiTEC’s involvement in electroless nickel plating an oil and gas application for Rolls-Royce is a great achievement. 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.

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

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NiTEC Nickel Plate Thomas Heatherwick Benches

Electroless nickel plating specialists NiTEC have had the pleasure of nickel plating numerous aluminium benches for artist Thomas Heatherwick.

The benches are extruded, mirror polished, aluminium benches. They are made without fixtures or fittings, and electrolessly nickel plated by us!

The benches have been produced by the world’s largest extrusion machine, so each aluminium piece combines the back, seat and legs of the furniture into one element.

The sweeping parallel lines created through the extrusion process are contorted into random, gnarled endings. These arbitrary swirling forms of the bench are created through the initiation and termination of the extrusion process.

Famed for his adventurous and original use of manufacturing processes and materials across the disciplines of architecture, art and design, Thomas Heatherwick is also renowned for his innovative ideas at the forefront of manufacturing and design practice.

Heatherwick’s projects take the design process to its broadest reaches, from entire buildings to handbags, bridges to furniture,and always involve a radical approach to manufacturing processes and use of materials.

Heatherwick is now working on more commercial products using this process to create components for architectural construction, facade design and mass produced seating ranges suitable for contract.

To see Thomas Heatherwick’s work, visit the website http://www.heatherwick.com/extrusions/

To find out more about our involvement in special projects, or to find out more about electroless nickel plating, visit the NiTEC website.

Electroless Nickel Plating for The Natural History Museum’s Darwin Centre

Electroless nickel plating specialists NiTEC are proud to announce their involvement in the development of The Darwin Centre at The Natural History Museum.

The Darwin Centre is a new glass extension to the famous London museum, storing vast collections and housing new laboratories for scientists with ‘behind the scenes’ access for visitors. The extension is made of glass panels held together with steel ‘spiders’ that have been electroless nickel plated.

Phase I of the project was designed by the architectural firm HOK and completed in September 2002. Phase II was designed by CF Møller, and opened in 2009.

Phase I includes storage for the Museum’s collection of 22 million zoological specimens stored in spirit, and is a great example of a new wave of environmental architecture. The 120,000 square feet/ 11,150 square metre building is faced by a large glass solar wall, held together with the electroless nickel plated ‘steel spiders’, and is designed to reduce heat in summer and heat loss in winter. It has a ‘caterpillar’ roof made of recyclable materials, which lets in lots of natural light, and reduces the need for electricity.

The environmental features of The Darwin Centre  follow the designer’s wish to re-create ‘architecture parlante’. This is when the external appearance of a building reflects what happens inside, an idea which Alfred Waterhouse practised on the exterior of the main building with his use of animal sculptures.

HOK used zoomorphic brackets in the solar wall of The Darwin Centre. These are sun-tracking metal louvers which move and change the appearance of the building. The centre also has a triple-skin, caterpillar like inflated roof. HOK used these techniques to reflect the centre’s work and ideals.

The designers also wanted to provide a visual connection to the main museum building by Waterhouse. It therefore incorporates terracotta, and the steel frame echoes the blue terracotta of the Victorian building.

To find out more about NiTEC’s involvement in special projects, visit our website at http://www.electroless-nickel-plating.co.uk/special_projects/


Electroless Nickel Plating ‘The Spaceman’ by David Mach

When NiTEC was approached by Scottish sculptor and installation artist  David Mach  to nickel plate a spaceman made of coat hangers, they had to rise to the challenge!

David Mach's electroless nickel plated Spaceman

David Mach's electroless nickel plated Spaceman

Mach had bent, twisted and welded together a number of coat hangers to form his sculpture titled The Spaceman. Although the hangers were already zinc coated, the welding process had removed some of the coating. Therefore, electroless nickel plating was the obvious choice to ensure the durability of the sculpture and ensure corrosion resistance. Electroless nickel plating was also the perfect way to get into all the tiny, hard to reach areas between the coathangers.

The sculpture itself came in 3 parts, with an internal support structure. NiTEC are used to handling very large engineering components and are equipped with a huge, oversized tank, perfect for electroless nickel plating a sculpture of this size.

The internal supports were used for jigging purposes, which meant that the fragile exterior of the structure did not have to be handled. After the electroless nickel plating process, a thin lacquer was applied and baked on in the furnace, to maintain the appearance of the electroless nickel coating while the statue was on show.

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

NiTEC and Mute Meadows, Nickel Plating and Art

As you know from our last blog post on the Mute Meadows Public Art Project, NiTEC have been involved in what has been called ‘Northern Ireland’s biggest artwork’. 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some interesting facts about the project:

Mute Meadow is the largest public artwork to ever be commissioned in Ireland.

It is made up of 40 pairs of angled steel columns that will stretch from the former parade ground at Ebrington, down to the banks of the River Foyle and across the waterfront.

The columns  range in height from 6 meters to 10 meters and the area surrounding the columns is fully landscaped with public access to the artwork.

40 LED projectors are used to illuminate the columns. The chosen colours are based on the stain glass windows of the nearby Guildhall.

The city’s residents were invited to contribute to the artwork by uploading their ‘sounds of the city’ to the onedayiplantedaseed.com. The sounds were then converted into light waves and used to create a silent lighting programme to illuminate the artwork.

The project consists of 48 steel columns that vary in length from 7 to 10 metres. One side is chilled iron shot-blasted, and the other electroless nickel plated.

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

NiTEC and the Mute Meadows Public Art Project

NiTEC have been an integral part in the creation of the Mute Meadows Public Art Project.

Based in Derry, The Mute Meadows Public Art Project is known as ‘Northern Ireland’s biggest artwork’. The project consists of 48 steel columns that vary in length from 7 to 10 metres. One side is chilled iron shot-blasted, and the other electroless nickel plated.

The Mute Meadows Public Art project is based outdoors and exposed to harsh weather conditions.  Therefore, choosing electroless nickel plating was must to ensure corrosion resistance and longevity of the artwork.

With NiTEC housing the largest tank in the UK they were the obvious choice to achieve the high quality requirements of the project. To view the video of the installation of the plated steel columns click here.

Created by London based artists Vong Phaophanit and Claire Oboussier, the artwork celebrates the regeneration of Derry~Londonderry, marking its transformation from a city of conflict to a city of culture.

Mute Meadow is unlike any other artwork in Ireland, in both design and scale. Stretching out across the waterfront, the £800,000 sculpture is the largest public artwork in Ireland and is made up of 40 pairs of angled steel columns lit at the base to resemble a shimmering ‘forest of light’.

Read our previous blog post for more information on the benefits of electroless nickel plating.

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