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.

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What is Diffused Nickel Plating?

NiTEC’s diffused nickel plating process is the highest standard for corrosion resistance via the plating process.

This method of nickel plating is so resistant to corrosion that it is suitable for marine environments. Mild steel plated using the diffused nickel plating process can be given a 30 year sub-sea guarantee.

Diffused nickel plating has been used extensively in the end-fittings for flexible pipe lines and top-side equipment.

Benefits of diffused nickel plating

Huge cost-saving implications.

Greatly enhanced performance when compared to even the highest grade stainless steels.

Simple plating process.

Independent salt spray testing was abandoned after 2000 hours because no corrosion could be detected.

NiTEC also specialise in electroless nickel plating technology, the process of copper plating, as well as shotblasting and heat treatment.

Shotblasting and Heat Treatment

To ensure the very best quality nickel plating, it’s very important that the surface is prepared properly. The best way to do this is through shotblasting and heat treatment solutions.

As nickel plating specialists, NiTEC have the capacity to shotblast components up to 20 tonnes in weight. To ensure a high standard of surface finish, we use Aluminium Oxide 180-220 grit for the heat treatment process. As well as this, we also offer chemical cleaning and activation processes.

The shot blast booth used for shotblasting and heat treatment has a capacity of 216m3 and is made from 316 stainless steel. These features help to minimise the levels of particles which settle on the work.

NiTEC’s heat treatment facility

The furnace in our heat treatment facility has a temperature range of 0-700 °C. NiTEC has two furnaces, furnace 1 is 1.5m x 1.5m x 2m high, and furnace 2 is 1.7m x 1.7m x 2.2m high.

Shotblasting solutions

We can create heat treatment profiles for many different requirements with our chart recording equipment that monitors the temperature changes of the furnace and the work. This means that we can be sure that the material gets up to the required temperature for exactly the right amount of time. Therefore, we eliminate the possibility of heat sinks on large components or mixed loads.

Heat treatment solutions

Heat treatment solutions can be used for stress relieving and de-embrittlement as pre-plate and post-plate treatments. Small components can be loaded onto shelves to maximise the heat treatment capacity, and minimise the cost of the treatment for the company.

NiTEC are also able to diffuse the electroless nickel layer into the steel using high temperature heat treatment solutions for sustained periods. This process doesn’t affect the increased corrosion protection that this type of deposit offers, making it ideal for the offshore oil industry and perfect for marine environments. It also has the benefit of giving the coating a degree of flexibility.

We do also offer electroless nickel plating as an option, the process of diffused nickel plating and bright copper plating.