With decades of experience under our belts, you can trust EC Williams to find and provide you with an electroplating solution that you can rely on each and every time.
We strive to offer our customers the highest quality of electroplating service at the best value prices, – including Cadmium replacements. As leading experts in electroplating we always like to make sure we are catering to as many applications and requirements as we can, which is why we are proud to offer a Cadmium replacement in the form of zinc nickel plating. Specially formulated to offer the same protective benefits as Cadmium, Zinc-nickel is a safe and high performance material that you can use on your project without the risk of exposure to toxicity.
Cadmium replacement is becoming more and more topical as industry strives to remove toxic chemicals from the supply chain. Here at EC Williams, leading electroplating specialists, we’ve spent decades researching and investing in materials and resources that make a fitting replacement to Cadmium which provides clients with the same functional benefits.
Cadmium replacements – Why do we need them?
Cadmium replacements are vital when it comes to metal plating. Cadmium has been a popular material to use for protective surfaces as it offers a high level of corrosion resistance, a natural lubricity and the ability to be used in an aluminium environment. This latter feature is the reason why cadmium is widely used in the aerospace industry enabling aluminium structures to be assembled with cadmium plated fasteners.
Traditional coatings such as pure zinc will set up a galvanic cell when adjacent to aluminium which will speed up corrosion – which is not desirable on an aircraft component!
Over the last few years the aerospace industry has started to specify zinc nickel alloy as a replacement for cadmium as it offers all three benefits – high level of corrosion resistance, good natural lubricity and it does not set up a galvanic cell in an aluminium environment.
Zinc-Nickel for electroplating
At EC Williams we have been delivering zinc nickel alloy coatings to the European automotive OEMs for over a decade. This coating is achieving in excess of 1000 hours in a standard salt spray test.
We are currently partners in a research project to establish a new method of depositing zinc nickel using Ionic Liquids and Pulse Rectification. The objective is develop a process which is more environmentally friendly than conventional aqueous electroplating while also having greater control of the characteristics of the coating (morphology).
Quality and consistency every time
Like all of our electroplating services, Zinc-nickel plating solutions are thoroughly analysed, tried and tested against a range of applications to ensure the material remains a reliable and suitable choice of plating.
Quality and consistency always remains at the forefront of our business and services, and we work hard to continue delivering the best possible service, alongside the highest quality of solutions to our clients time and time again.
With a suite of advanced state-of-the-art facilities operated by a team of skilled and experienced technicians, we can offer zinc-nickel plating solutions to businesses and customers that are guaranteed not to let you down – and at extremely competitive prices.
Contact EC Williams
If you are interested in finding out more about our Cadmium replacements then you can visit our website or call 0121 236 2524 to speak to a member of our team.
If you have found this blog helpful, you may wish to read our previous blog on Zinc Plate Passivate.