Benefits of Electroless Nickel Plating: Uniform Coating

The deposit formed by Electroless nickel plating is based on a chemical reaction. Therefore, the deposit collects in equal thickness over all the part, regardless of its shape.  

The alternative, electrolytic plating, relies on an electrical current passing from an anode to the component, the cathode, which is then subject to changes in current density, applicable to its shape. These variations in current density result in variations in deposit thickness.

Therefore, the metal surface finishing process of electroless nickel plating is a more suitable choice for engineering components as it provides the surface with a uniform coating.

Benefits of a uniform coating 

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.

Electroless nickel deposits are excellent for corrosion prevention. With regard to the corrosion protection mechanism, the nickel deposit exhibits electro-negative or ‘noble’ behaviour. Therefore, the nickel plating process relies on total encapsulation of the substrate to be effective.

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. Due to the nature of the chemical reaction, the deposit that forms is an alloy of nickel and phosphorus.

NiTEC are also specialists in diffused nickel plating technology, the copper plating process and the process of shotblasting & heat treatment.

For more information about nickel plating services in the UK, take a look at our website.

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Electroless Nickel Plating for Sculptor Rupert Till

Our newest special project is a request from the widely successful British Sculptor Rupert Till. NiTEC will be electroless nickel plating a new piece to be put on display at The Chelsea Flower Show this May.

Wire sculptures by Rupert Till at The Chelsea Flower Show 2007

Wire sculptures by Rupert Till at The Chelsea Flower Show 2007

Rupert Till has established himself as a well regarded British sculptor with a worldwide client base of collectors. Since leaving The Chelsea School of Art in 1991 with a BA Hons Degree, he has built up a successful 17 year career, and as a result, his work is held in private collections and public spaces through the UK and Europe, United States, Australia and Japan.

Rupert focuses on working from life studies, drawing and sketching. His observations result in him capturing the movement and spirit of the animal. His inspiration comes from his passion for country pursuits and racing.

Rupert was born in 1969 and grew up at Londesborough near York. After studying Art at York, he completed a HND and BA Hons degree at Chelsea School of Art.

In 1993 he set up a studio in Hovingham, near York, before moving to Ireland for 10 years. In 2005 he moved back to England with his family and menagerie of pets to live in the Cotswolds.

 Rupert’s Artistic statement

“Over the past seventeen years I have established myself worldwide as the pioneer of life size wire animal sculptures. My early inspiration was growing up in Yorkshire.  My childhood was spent down at the bottom of the garden in the Hunt kennels observing the carcasses that lay around.

This led me to having a passionate relationship with nature. As a result of growing up in this world it I have the ability to readily capture the essential character and accurate proportions of an animal.

I like to start my work from life studies, drawings/ sketches/ models this is when I am able to capture the movement and spirit of the animal. My art evolves from the lines I see and the wire echoes this beautifully. My confidence to express this leads to my work feeling alive!

As my work continues to develop I now respond to a piece of work through bronze, silver and wire. I am currently working on various client’s unique commissions and putting together a collection of new work.”

Rupert Till's wire horse at The Chelsea Flower Show 2009

Rupert Till's wire horse at The Chelsea Flower Show 2009

Previous work

Rupert’s work has been exhibited at a number of locations including numerous galleries, exhibitions and The Chelsea Flower show. As well as this, since 1993 he has received commissions for over 700 pieces of work in private collections.

Private clients include Jilly Cooper, Oscar de la Renta, Swinton Castle and The Earl of Halifax. Rupert has also been commissioned to produce a number of public works for The Belgium Governement and the BBC.

Here at NiTEC, we’re really excited to be able to be involved with Rupert’s latest piece for this years’ Chelsea Flower Show. By electroless nickel plating his work, Rupert can be sure that the piece will withstand outdoor display without corrosion or damage to the surface.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be posting exclusive pictures from Rupert Till himself, documenting his progress of creating a piece set to be a hit at The Chelsea Flower Show.

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

Bronze Boxing Hares

Bronze Boxing Hares

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

Introducing NiTEC, Electroless Nickel Plating Specialists.

We are NiTech, specialists in electroless nickel plating.

Established in 1978, NiTEC (UK) Limited specialises in electroless nickel plating technology. Our comprehensive facilities enable us to prepare and plate all ferrous materials in common engineering use, including stainless steel, copper and its alloys and aluminium alloys.

We are located in Chesterfield, with easy access to the M1 motorway. To find out more about electroless nickel plating visit our website at http://www.electroless-nickel-plating.co.uk