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The latest industry news, advice on electroless nickel plating and company updates from NiTEC.

  • 18
    Jul

    What is electroless nickel plating?

    Electroless nickel plating is something that is used in a huge variety of industries, and on objects that we use every day in our own lives, but most people don’t know very much about it, despite its ubiquity. An electroless plating is a metallic coating that is, as the name suggests, electroless. Whereas electroplating makes […]

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  • 11
    Jul

    NiTEC Invest in Safety with OHSAS 18001 Certification

    NiTEC, leading specialists in electroless nickel plating, are dedicated to ensuring their operations are managed as efficiently as possible. They have developed a wide range of plating techniques, including the diffused nickel plating process, and use them to plate all manner of substrates. Everything from common steels to exotic materials such as titanium are plated […]

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  • 27
    Jan

    Bright Future

    Bright Future for NiTEC

    The EU process began in 2008 where it took four years for the sale of incandescent light bulbs to be prevented.  They were banned due to their inadequate performance and due to them not being eco-friendly because they consumed such a large amount of electricity.  Therefore, they were removed from supermarket shelves and replaced by […]

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  • 27
    Jan

    Quick Guide

    A Quick Guide to Copper Plating

    Aside from Nickel plating, copper plating is performed more than any other form of electroplating, and when you learn a little bit more about copper in general, the reasons why become instantly apparent. Electroplating is a process used in a number of industries, especially the electronics industries, as well as metal-based industries. With copper plating, […]

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  • 27
    Jan

    Aluminium

    Aluminium or Copper in Manufacturing and Why?

    Aluminium or Copper in Manufacturing and Why? Okay so stating the obvious, yes, Copper and Aluminium are indeed both metals but that is probably the only close similarity they both have terms of in properties, appearance, weight, cost and capacitance.  It used to be that Aluminium was the metal of choice for many applications but […]

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  • 27
    Jan

    Shotblasting

    Shot blasting vs. aqua blasting article

    Shot Blasting vs Aqua Blasting For anyone working in an industry that requires top-spec surface cleaning services, two procedures you may have come across are shot blasting and aqua blasting. Both procedures have been around for a long time, and although they aren’t particularly new, they are crucial processes to many industries. As an example, […]

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  • 27
    Jan

    Electroless

    About Electroless Nickel Plating

    Nowadays, electroplating is a very common procedure used in a number of different industries, for a whole variety of different reasons. Basically, electroplating is a perfect opportunity to coat cheaper and more readily available metals, with more expensive and more versatile metals, so you essentially get the best of both worlds. The problem is, however, […]

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  • 26
    Jan

    Four Facts

    4 Facts about Diffused Nickel Plating

    Diffused nickel plating is the most effective process of nickel coating, most often used in industrial marine equipment. Diffused nickel plating occurs when the encapsulation plating method is performed, resulting in a coating that is highly resistant to corrosion – even more so than high-grade stainless steel, and far less expensive too! But aside from […]

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  • 13
    Dec

    Plane

    Are Our Planes Boeing Up in the World?

    Famous plane makers, Boeing, have found what seems to be the “lightest metal ever” named microlattice – a material which is 99.9% air!  A Californian development, this is a way for both planes and rockets to obtain weight reduction.  This 3D open cellular polymer structure will reduce fuel consumption a plane needs during take off, […]

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  • 13
    Nov

    Diamond Plating

    Aluminium, Boron, Coating, Diamonds – The NiTEC Alphabet

    Over the last decade or so, the demand for aluminium moulds has dramatically increased and this shows shows no sign of slowing down, changing or ceasing consistency.  Metal coatings are provided for a range of fabricated metal components, but the largest business is currently mould plating and coating.  The demand for aluminium itself is increasing.  […]

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  • 10
    Nov

    Electroless Nickel Plating Accidental Discovery

    Electroless Nickel Plating – The Accidental De-scovery

    During analysis of something else entirely, Brenner and Riddell actually resulted in discovering electroless nickel plating purely by mistake.  It was in 1946 that they noted the additive NaH2PO2 actually caused cathode efficiencies of 100% and more, in a nickel plating bath, leading them directly to the conclusion that a chemical reduction was indeed taking place.  Initially, they named this process electrodeless plating, but when the name […]

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  • 23
    Oct

    Electroless Nickel Plated Valve Balls

    Electroless Nickel Plating: A Popular Coating Choice for the Oil and Gas Industry

    Many base materials that are typically used in the oil and gas industry are greatly enhanced by the application of electroless nickel, resulting in lower fabrication costs and extended service life. Shutdowns and delays in the oil and gas industry are very common because of the need to replace components, but as electroless nickel substantial extends […]

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  • 13
    Oct

    Uniform Thickness of Electroless Nickel

    Combination of Properties of Electroless Nickel Coatings

    As specialists in the process of electroless nickel plating, we’ve listed the top properties of the coating which make it such a popular choice for a number of industries. Hardness The hardness of electroless nickel coatings depends on the phosphorus content, and can be increased by heat treatment which will in turn increase wear resistance. Generally, low phosphorous electroless […]

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  • 7
    Oct

    Longest Nickel Plating Line Europe

    Largest Nickel Plating Line in Europe Under Construction

    Our new factory extension is currently under construction and soon to be completed at NiTEC UK. After lots of planning and extensive building work, the new factory extension will create an extra 3,000 square foot of space, and enable us to have the space for another electroless nickel plating line. In fact, we have a suspicion that it […]

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  • 18
    Sep

    Aeroplane Wing

    New £30 Million Research Programme Set to Revolutionise Aircraft Wing Design and Manufacture

    The design and manufacture of aircraft wings is set to be revolutionised with a new £30 million research programme led by a group of 13 partners. The programme will allow VIEWS (Validation and Integration of Manufacturing Enablers for Future Wing Structures) to develop wing design, manufacture and assembly technologies so that they are near to being ready for use […]

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  • 12
    Sep

    Electroless Nickel Plated Valve Balls

    Electroless Nickel Plating and Onshore Oil Extraction

    Electroless nickel is a great choice of surface technology for the oil and gas industry. The properties of most value to the industry are generally the uniformity of the thickness of the deposit, the excellent corrosion resistance that it provides, and its properties of abrasion and erosion resistance. The Use of Electroless Nickel to Enhancing Oil and Gas Base Materials […]

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  • 10
    Sep

    Corrosion Prevention Rusty Mining Equipment

    The Effects of Corrosion and Marine Corrosion Prevention

    Marine Corrosion Prevention for Mild Steel Mild steel is commonly used for marine applications due to its strength, ease of fabrication and relatively cheap price. The only problem is, mild steel corrodes very easily when exposed to seawater. So when mild steel isn’t protected by a corrosion resistant layer or barrier, it quickly loses its strength […]

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  • 8
    Sep

    Electroless Nickel Plating Well in Africa

    Second Water Well in Africa to Be Sponsored by NiTEC Electroless Nickel Plating Company

    Last year, NiTEC sponsored a water well for AquAid. The well has since been built in a village out in Africa and is in full working order, providing the community with a much needed source of fresh, clean water. We recently decided to go ahead with the sponsorship of a second well, in the hope […]

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  • 4
    Sep

    Electroless Nickel Plating Corrosion Resistance

    Oil and Gas Industry Job Growth and International Expansion

    According to BBC News, the oil and gas sector in the UK is expected to create nearly 40,000 new jobs in the next two years. The survey was commissioned by the Bank of Scotland and analysed 100 UK companies. It found that the expectations of employment growth have increased this year, with 69% of company […]

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  • 4
    Sep

    Nickel Plated Aircraft Bade

    Rolls-Royce Open New UK Aircraft Engine Blade Casting Facility

    Rolls-Royce have opened an advanced blade casting facility in Rotherham which is expected to produce more than 100,000 single crystal turbine blades a year, including high pressure (HP) and intermediate pressure (IP) single crystal blades. As experts in metal finishes and plating techniques used in the aerospace industry, we were delighted to read the news about the new £110 million, […]

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  • 30
    Aug

    Marine Coatings for Oil and Gas Industry

    The Application of Corrosion Resistant Marine Coatings for Sub-Sea Components

    Corrosion resistant coatings are incredibly useful in a variety of industries; from aerospace and defence to engineering and automotive. They are able to effectively protect metal parts and components against corrosion, which may include degradation due to moisture, oxidation, salt spray and exposure to a range of industrial or environmental chemicals. As experts in a variety of corrosion resistant […]

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  • 28
    Aug

    Aerospace Boom Electroless Nickel Plating

    2013 Record Year for UK Aerospace Orders

    According to the industry’s leading publication of manufacturing news, ‘The Manufacturer’, 2013 was a record year for the aerospace industry in the UK. The trade organisation ADS, who work to advance the UK Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space industries,  have reported that UK orders of commercial aircraft have increased by 28% in the last year. […]

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  • 25
    Aug

    Uniform Thickness of Electroless Nickel

    Engineering Applications: 6 Reasons to Use Electroless Nickel Plating

    As experts in electroless nickel plating, we’ve put together our top 6 advantages of the process. Electroless nickel plating is an incredibly functional finish that can offer massive advantages in the field of engineering, which we feel proves that this method is superior over conventional plating processes for engineering applications! 1. Corrosion Barrier Electroless nickel provides […]

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  • 20
    Aug

    HS Marsden Approval Cert

    NiTEC Are Now Approved Suppliers for HS Marston Aerospace Ltd

    We are pleased to announce that we are now approved suppliers for HS Marston Aerospace Limited. HS Marston is a great company and we are delighted to have been approved as their suppliers. Commitment to the Aerospace Sector Quality Director Paul Allen said: “I am particularly proud of this approval as Marsden are a very […]

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  • 25
    Jul

    Copper Plating Clipboards Hospital

    Copper Plated Medical Clipboards to Help Fight Hospital Superbugs

    As specialists in copper plating, NiTEC staff have launched a new service copper plating clipboards for use in hospitals. Copper plating is frequently used to plate laboratory and medical equipment because of its natural ability to kill bacteria on contact and, in hospitals, will help stop the spread of superbugs such as MRSA. “Copper plating […]

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  • 21
    Jul

    Nitec Electroless Nickel Plating Testing Laboratory

    New NiTEC lab cuts lead time for nickel plating

    The addition of our new brand new laboratory means that we are now able to turn around plating jobs in less than 24 hours. NiTEC previously outsourced testing which could extend the lead time to up to 2 weeks, but we now have the in house facilities to measure phosphorus levels, perform micro-sections and hardness […]

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  • 17
    Jul

    Sheffield Business Awards

    NiTEC Make Shortlist for Excellence in Manufacturing Award at Sheffield Business Awards

    It’s been a busy month here at NiTEC! So we were pleased to have the chance to let our hair down at The Sheffield Business Awards last week, where we were nominated for the The Wake Smith Excellence in Manufacturing Award. Although NiTEC didn’t win, we were very pleased to have been nominated and the […]

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  • 9
    Jul

    Electroless Nickel Plating Well in Africa

    Our Sponsored African Water Well is Now Up and Running!

    We had some great news from AquAid this month about the well we sponsored in Africa. It is now up and running and we couldn’t be happier! AquAid were also kind enough to send us this great photo of the well and a few people from local village using it to pump fresh clean water. […]

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  • 1
    Jul

    Nitec Electroless Nickel Plating New Enp Line

    5 New Jobs Created with Factory Extension and New Nickel Plating Line

    We are pleased to announce that we are having an extension built onto our metal finishing factory which will create an extra 3,000 square foot of space. This means that we will be able to install a 7th electroless nickel plating line so that we can to respond even more quickly to our customers’ plating […]

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  • 24
    Jun

    Steam Turbine Nickel Plating

    Electroless Nickel Plating Steam Turbines

    As electroless nickel plating specialists, Nitec has recently had the pleasure of working with Elliott Turbo-Steam Turbines. Elliott steam turbines boost production in industries such as oil and gas, chemical and petrochemical, pulp and paper, power generation and food processing. Elliott steam turbines have an unrivalled reputation as the most reliable and hard wearing drivers […]

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