EC Williams is one of the country’s most established companies for nickel plating service. Our nickel line offers great benefits to the company, our customers and the environment. Our plant minimises cycle time for production, offering a greater degree of flexibility. In addition, the high quality and efficiency enables an environmentally friendly service.
Benefits Of Our Nickel Plating Service
Our nickel plant produces a barrel of plated parts every 9 minutes. The plating limit could be as low as 3.5 minutes plus 1.5 minutes for handling based on a flash coat 1.5-2 microns. This is almost half of our previous plant processing time. In addition, our nickel plant only requires one person to operate.
Computerised Controls And Flexibility
Our nickel plating service has computerised controls that offer the flexibility to reconfigure the plant for alternative uses. Ultimately offering more flexibility to our clients and us should these be required.
A big benefit of our nickel electroplating line is the reduced waste. To achieve this, ampere-hours are collected and monitored as a control parameter. This prevents over plating and ensures accurate additive dosing checked against chemistry.
The computer has a database facility including processing parameters against each part number. We have developed this, to use photographic storage in parts, for example, that do not have customer part numbers e.g. some fasteners.
The plant is also able to operate in “Random mode”. This offers huge flexibility and means that each job can be allocated to a specific process route and control plan regardless of the other work on the plant.
The computer will seek to optimise the production and service the barrels at the time closest to the call for next operation. This improves efficiency for our customers greatly.
Our nickel line is designed so that rectifiers will be solid-state switch mode and air-cooled. The switch mode controlled designs are more efficient and space saving than the mechanically controlled rectifiers. Additionally, this nickel plating service does not consume power energising a transformer coil.
Solid state rectified will also give greater control over the plating current. Removing oil filled transformers will have a positive impact on long-term cost and environmental impacts.
Less Water and Gas
Our plant reduces water consumption significantly compared to our previous plant and other plating companies. We achieve this through the use of conductivity probes in all rinses. Additionally, these are linked to the central control computer system.
The heating to the tank is provided by steam heating and also controlled by the central computer system.
More Environmentally Friendly
EC Williams is one of the specialist companies supplying a nickel plating. We always aim to improve our carbon footprint. Our nickel plant motors are specified as energy efficient ( 42 V). Also they are on the transporter and not on the plant to improve energy efficiency.
We also keep the pipework flexible wherever possible in order to enable further segregation. In addition, to allow for specific waste stream treatments such as ion exchange or RO nickel stream cleaning.
Our nickel line at EC Williams shows our commitment to future growth and flexibility for our customers and the environment.
You might like to find out more about our nickel electroplating service, call us today. Our friendly team can help you with any queries you have to discuss any our other services on 0121 236 2524.