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Nickel Plating

Nickel is a silver-white metal that is used in a variety of industries including the electronics, electroforming, and automotive markets.  Bright nickel is mainly used for its decorative value because it offers a smooth and mirror bright finish. A drawback to bright nickel is that the brighter the deposit gets the less ductile it becomes.

Nickel used for engineering purposes is often smooth and dull grey in appearance. These nickel deposits are used for wear resistance, hardness, lubricity, and magnetic purposes.  Both bright and matte nickel offer an excellent degree of corrosion resistance.  Nickel is also used as an under-plate for other metals such as gold and silver because it acts as a diffusion barrier that prevents any form of substrate migration to the top coating.

KPW offers:

Bright Nickel: A bright lustrous finish used decorative and corrosion protection purposes.
 
Semi-Bright Nickel: A somewhat bright deposit with excellent ductility.

Nickel Chloride: Dull nickel used in the pre-treatment of stainless steels.

 

 

The Benefits of Nickel Include:

·         ·         Excellent Corrosion Protection
·         Wear Resistance
·         Lubricity
·         Tarnish Protection
·         Decorative Appearance
·         Good Diffusion Barrier
·         Surface Hardness
·         Magnetic Characteristics

   

 

Nickel Specifications

·     MIL-P-27418

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MIL-STD-868

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AMS 2403

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AMS 2424

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QQ-N-290

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AMS-QQ-N-290

·     Custom Specifications
 

 

KPW Plating Methods

·        Barrel

·        Rack

·        Reel to Reel