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Want info on Electroless Nickel


First I would like to say hello. We are one of the largest electroplating Job Shops in Mexico. I have contact you in the past and you have always been very helpful. This time I want to ask you were I could find information on Nickel Electroless technology. We want to open this line in our shop. Believe it or not we will be the first ones to do it here in Mexico

Thank you.

David Cielak


Try to contact the major companies that supply EN. You have to decide what kind of EN you need: high phosporous, medium or low, it depends on application. High phos. has good corrosion protection, medium is most popular and most easy to maintain while low phos. has good wear resistance.

sara michaeli
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Sara Michaeli
chemical process supplier
Tel-Aviv, Israel


There are two valuable text books on electroless nickel:

1) Electroless Nickel Plating by Wolgang Riedel, published by ASM International, Metals Park, Ohio.

2) Electroless Plating: Fundamentals and Applications, edited by Glenn Mallory and Juan Hajdu, published by the American Electroplaters & Surfaces Finishers Society.

Robert D. Mikkola
aerospace - Oak Ridge, Tennessee



- U.K.


We're happy to hear of your willingness to help, Patrick. It has always been the idea of to encourage this kind of information exchange.

I do think it's a bit unrealistic to think that a shop on another continent is going to give someone sufficient free detailed help that they have no need to talk to suppliers or consultants...

But thanks! :-)

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Ted Mooney, P.E. RET
Pine Beach, New Jersey


Bien Vieniedos Aqui! Y VIVA LOS ELECTROPLATADOROS! Just in case you intended to set up a Boron based E=less process, contact MacDermid Inc... Also Uyemura International Corporation is setting up an Eless-Phos chemicals manufacturing facility in Monterrey, Mexico.

Hey man, Consulting Engineers aren't so expensive! But as anyone who has survived this business for any length of time has no doubt learned: You get precisely what you pay for.


Dave Kinghorn
Dave Kinghorn
Chemical Engineer
SUNNYvale, California



Tengo una curiosidad, mencionas que van a comenzar una linea de electroless Nickel plating, a que aplicación va a estar enfocada?, seràNickel-P oNickel-B?, esto te lo pregunto por que aqui en nuestra compañía manejamos varias partes que vienen con este plateo, si tengo algo de experiencia en Nickelado, si gustas me puedes contactar mejor a travez de mi cuenta de email.

(estoy suponiendo que hablas español, si no es asi aqui esta de nuevo pero en inglés

I have a curiosity, you are mentioning you will start an electroless nickel plating line, what will be the application for?, will it be Nickel-Phosphorous or Nickel-Boron?, I'm asking you this because in our plant we are using parts with this kind of plating, I have some experience in Nickel plating. saludos/regards

Luis Moreno
captive plater - Jalisco, Mexico



I am desperately looking for electroplating solutions that are environmentally friendly! No, I am not joking (yes, this does seem funny). What does electroless Ni plating entail? What kind of ratings do you get on Rockwell hardness testing? Would this process work on a shaft where a bearing sits? From the environmental and health aspect - what chemicals are we dealing with?

If anyone knows of any new chemical substitutions that are environmentally/health safe (or safer), please let me know.

Thanks a lot for your help!

Have a great daysmiley

Lisa Emmel
Jax, Florida

November 26, 2008

Hi, Lisa. I don't consider electroless nickel environmentally unfriendly, but newer processes are available that are free of the lead and cadmium inhibitors in older processes. Good luck.


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Ted Mooney, P.E. RET
Pine Beach, New Jersey

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