As specialists in electroless nickel plating, us have put together 5 things we think you need to know about the process!
Auto-Catalytic Chemical Reaction
Electroless nickel plating is an auto-catalytic chemical reaction used to deposit nickel onto a wide range of substrates. It uses a solution containing nickel phosphorous alloy, which can be specially tailored to suit the application it is being used for.
Can be Applied to Range of Substrates
Electroless nickel can be applied to wide range of substrates, including the following:
- Aluminium and aluminium alloys
- Copper and copper alloys
- Ferrous and stainless metals
- Beryllium copper
Superior Corrosion and Wear Resistance
Electroless nickel plating has many key properties that make it an excellent choice for any metal plating project. For example, electroless nickel coatings are incredibly corrosion and wear resistant, as well as being very hard.
Accurate, Uniform Deposit
Electroless nickel plating provides a highly accurate and uniform deposit onto the surface of a component, regardless of the complexity of the part. It can easily plate sharp angles and curves, deep holes and recesses, making it a fantastic choice of plating for unusually complex parts.
Applications for Electroless Nickel Plating
Typical applications for electroless nickel plating include valves, pumps, mould tools, gears, sprockets and splined shafts, and electronic components. The process has been widely used throughout most engineering disciplines; especially automotive, offshore, defence, aerospace, petrochemical, electronics, plastics and nuclear. It is highly recommended for offshore applications as it offers the very best levels of protection.