ELECTROLYTIC NICKEL PLATING SERVICES
Functional and engineered electrolytic nickel plating service
Electrolytic plating is a process that uses electricity and an electrolyte solution to deposit metal ions on a substrate to either enhance the performance of the substrate or add functionality and value for critical applications.
Electrolytic nickel is especially known for its protective oxide surface that forms during the process. The degree to which the corrosion existence performs is dependent on the thickness of the application.
Mid-Atlantic Finishing Corp offers functional and engineered electrolytic nickel plating services to the aerospace, telecommunications, defense and medical sectors that is compliant to QQ-N-290, ASTM B689, AMS-2403 & AMS 2423 specifications.
ELECTROLYTIC NICKEL PLATING TO THE FOLLOWING STANDARDS
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CLASS 1: Corrosion Protective Plating
CLASS 2: Engineering Plating
Table 1 Lists the Following Minimum Thicknesses:
|Grade A||0.0016 min thickness plating|
|Grade B||0.0012 min thickness plating|
|Grade C||0.0010 min thickness plating|
|Grade D||0.0008 min thickness plating|
|Grade E||0.0006 min thickness plating|
|Grade F||0.0004 min thickness plating|
|Grade G||0.0002 min thickness plating|
QQ-N-290 Class 1 Categories:
- SB – Single Layer Bright Nickel Deposits
- SD – Single Layer Dull or Semi-Bright (Satin) Deposits
- M – Multilayer Nickel Deposits
Underplating: When specified in the contract, purchase order or applicable drawing, Class 1 plating shall be applied over a plating of copper on steels, copper and copper based alloys.
Class 1 plating shall be applied over an underplating of copper or yellow brass on zinc and zinc based alloys.
In no case shall the copper underplate be substituted for any part of the specified nickel thickness.
Thickness of Plating
Class 1 – Unless otherwise specified, the minimum thickness of Class 1 nickel plating shall be as specified on any visible surfaces, which can be touched by a ball 0.75 inch in diameter.
Unless otherwise specified, the minimum nickel plating for ferrous materials or for zinc based alloys shall be Grade C.
Unless otherwise specified, the minimum nickel plating for copper and copper alloys shall be Grade D.
If the maximum thickness for Grade A is not specified in the contract, order or applicable drawing, the thickness shall not exceed 0.002 inch on all visible surfaces which can be touched by the 0.75 inch diameter ball.
Type I: Nickel deposits plated from solutions free of brighteners, hardeners or stress control ddditives
Type 2: Nickel deposits plated from solutions containing ssulfur or other co-deposited additives
Type 3: Nickel deposits containing dispersed submicron particles such as silicon carbide, tungsten carbide or aluminum oxide to increase hardness or wear resistance
Class indicates minimum deposit thickness in microns (µm). e.g. Class 5 is a deposit of 5µm minimum thickness.
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ITEMS OF NOTE
All steel parts having a hardness of RC-40 or greater require a post bake at 375 degrees + 25 degrees F for 3 hours.
MAF has the ability to underplate other underplates such as copper plating if required. You may specify an under plate to enhance adhesion and corrosion resistance of the nickel final deposit.