The process of electroless nickel plating is carried out without the use of an externally applied current, unlike electroplating. The nickel or nickel alloy is deposited onto the component from the aqueous solution created by a chemical reaction.
The primary advantage of an electroless nickel coating is that it will significantly extend the life of the component that it coats. Electroless nickel coatings deposit an even thickness over all surfaces, provide excellent wear and corrosion resistance, as well as hardness and lubricity.
As a specialist plating company our capacity and turnaround is fast and efficient. Depending on the size and scale of the order, our standard lead time is 5 days.
We frequently deliver throughout the UK, Europe and the world.
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Electroless nickel deposits have hardness values in the range of 450 - 750 VHN, depending on the phosphorus content in the deposit. Generally, the higher the phosphorus content, the lower the as deposited hardness.
Heat treatment can be used to increase the hardness of electroless nickel coatings, achieving in excess of 1000 VHN. This makes the deposit hardness comparable to that of hard chrome, with the advantage of an even coating which will not require post plating machinery.