Stainless steel can be very expensive, especially when it is used on very large components. It can also be hard to find a source to cast large stainless steel components. A cost effective alternative to stainless steel is electroless nickel, therefore it is often used as a replacement on large parts. It is much more cost effective and time saving to make large components out of cast iron and then electroless nickel plate them to provide extra corrosion resistance.
Alternative to stainless steel
Electroless nickel is perfect for plating large machined parts that need to be resistant to corrosion. With electroless nickel, once the component has been plated, no more needs to be done to it.
But with conventional electro-deposit such as hard chrome or electrolytic nickel, they need to be machined after plating to hold dimensional accuracy. This re-machining on large, electroplated parts can cost hundreds to thousands of pounds.
Electroless nickel properties and characteristics often give it a significant advantage over conventional materials and methods. Here at NiTEC, the equipment and methods we use mean that even the most difficult large part can be plated correctly and consistently.
Hardness and corrosion resistance
When designing large parts, electroless nickel should be considered if hardness, corrosion resistance and wear are a concern. As leading specialists in the electroless nickel plating field, we have the facilities to plate large components, unlike small firms.
If you would like to find out how you can save money by using electroless nickel plating instead of stainless steel for large parts call the NiTEC team on 0845 224 3571, email firstname.lastname@example.org or get in touch via our contact page.