There are many different reasons why zinc nickel is a good choice for your electroplating needs. This type of metal finish is used for all types of applications because it is durable and strong but also has a good aesthetic look to the final product.
You will see zinc nickel electroplating used on automotive components and parts as well as in fabricating and manufacturing. Zinc iron plating is also used in the electronics industry because of its properties.
It is ideally suited to boost the level of corrosion resistance of steel substrates in any type of environment and use requirements. This is also a unique finishing option as it will allow the finished metal to be bonded to rubber, which is an advantage in all types of applications.
While some types of zinc plating have been around for over a hundred years as a commercial process, zinc nickel electroplating, as well as other zinc alloys, are new to the market. The use of zinc nickel, zinc nickel iron or zinc cobalt and several other combinations were not widely used until the first part of the 1980s.
Using the zinc alloy electroplating now offers a wide range of benefits. In the early testing stages of the process, there were issues with challenges in controlling the deposits to create a uniform, controlled layer. This is no longer an issue with metal finishing companies able to control the process to the tolerances required by the customer.
In addition to just understanding the process, the use of technology and different types of baths and options has to be considered. The zinc nickel electroplating can occur in both a chloride as well as in an alkaline process. This allows the metal finishing company to choose the correct option based on the parts and components as well as the finish required.
Factors to Consider
While the zinc nickel electroplating process is often more costly than other zinc alloys, it also provides additional protection for the part. It is often selected with there is a need to use the part or the component at high temperatures. It is also selected when there is a concern for extensive wear on the part and the surface has to be highly resistant to this type of damage.
Of course, as well all metal finishing, it will be essential to consider the finished look, the characteristics of the plating as well as the cost of the process. Taking a closer look at these factors as well as the reputation of the metal finishing shop will help you to decide the right process and the right company to do the job.