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.

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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.

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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.

Nickel Plating Steel, Aluminium and Brass

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.

To find out more about electroless nickel plating and how it can be used as analternative to galvanisation, please visit our website at http://www.electroless-nickel-plating.co.uk