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NICKEL PLATING METAL FINISHING

NICKEL ELECTROPLATING is a process of nickel deposition on a part, immersed into an electrolyte solution and used as a cathode, when the nickel anode is being dissolved into the electrolyte in form of the nickel ions, travelling through the solution and depositing on the cathode surface.

 

 ELECTROLESS NICKEL PLATING

ELECTROLESS NICKEL PLATING is a process where an auto-catalytic reaction is used to deposit a coating of nickel on a substrate. Unlike electroplating, it is not necessary to pass an electric current through the solution to form a deposit. This plating technique is to prevent corrosion and wear. EN techniques can also be used to manufacture composite coatings by suspending powder in the bath.  Electroless nickel plating has several advantages versus electroplating. Free from flux-density and power supply issues, it provides an even deposit regardless of work piece geometry, and with the proper pre-plate catalyst, can deposit on non-conductive surfaces.

 

NICKEL PLATING MATERIAL SOURCES

Nickel is the fifth most common element making up the earth. Although most of the nickel is inaccessible in the core of the earth, nickel occurs extensively in the earth's crust.  It is currently mined in over 23 countries. 

NICKEL PLATING ALLOYS

NICKEL readily combines with other metals to form alloys, especially iron, cobalt and copper.  Alloy properties include better corrosion resistance, better toughness, better strength at high and low temperatures and a wide range of special magnetic and electronic properties.

     NICKEL PLATING CONSUMER PURPOSES

Nickel based alloys, like stainless steel are used for construction purposes.  There are approx. 3000 nickel-containing alloys in everyday use. About 90% of all new nickel sold each year goes into alloys, two-thirds going into stainless steel products. In addition, iron and nickel alloys are used in electronics and specialist engineering, while copper and nickel alloys are used for coinage and marine engineering.

Nickel is used to provide hard-wearing decorative and engineering coatings as "nickel-plating" or "electroless nickel coating" or "electroforming". When used together with chromium, it is popularly known as "chrome-plating". When done in combination with silicon carbide it is known as "composite plating."

Nickel is a key part of several rechargeable battery systems used in electronics, power tools, transport and emergency power supply.  Nickel is also a key ingredient in many catalysts.

The consumption of Nickel is growing at about 4% each year and use of nickel-containing stainless steel is growing at a rate of approx. 6%. The fastest growth today is seen in the newly and rapidly industrialising countries, especially in Asia. Nickel is needed to modernise infrastructure for industry.

NICKEL PLATING PRODUCTS ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION

Nickel is essential for healthy plant life. Nickel is found in most vegetables, fruits, nuts and in food products derived from them, for example chocolate and wine.  Nickel is also used in a variety of applications to meet the material consumption of populations. Much of this nickel will come from recycled, end-of-life sources. Nickel use delivers huge benefits to society by enabling quality living and environmental protection.

Most nickel-containing products have long useful lives. Average life is probably 25-35 years with many applications lasting much longer. Nickel containing products can provide optimum solutions to practical challenges at a lower total cost and less use of resources, including energy.

 

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