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Metal Finishing Services

Preventing Stress Corrosion Cracking with Plating

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What is Stress Corrosion Cracking?

Where metals are exposed to both tensile stress and a chemically corrosive environment, the growth of crack formations may occur and lead to the sudden failure of normally ductile metals. This may also occur in conjunction with Hydrogen Embrittlement.

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You Asked: How do Passivates protect Zinc Plating?

 

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Many different components are Zinc Plated in order to improve their part life and enhance their resistance to corrosion. The process, commonly referred to as just ‘Zinc Plating’ is actually short for ‘Zinc and Passivate’ so what exactly is Passivation and why is it needed?

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Electroless Nickel In Food Processing

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Electroless Nickel Plating is a very versatile process that can increase the corrosion resistance of a variety of components. These are the advantages of using it in food processing applications. 

Material Replacement

The most common material found in any Food Processing Equipment is

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Restoring Scratched Parts with Plating

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Silchrome are often asked about how electroplating can help ‘breathe new life’ into items which might have succumbed to scratches, pitting and other forms of damage.

Scratches

Many people wrongly assume that plating/coating an item will fill in cracks in the same vein that you might fill

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You Asked: Trivalent Passivation vs Iridite NCP

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In order to comply with environmental standards, Silchrome Plating now offer Electroplated Zinc using Trivalent Passivation. We have had positive feedback about this process and a few of our customers have asked if Trivalent Passivation can be used on its own and how it would differ from

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Office Administrator Vacancy - Maternity Cover 12 months

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Silchrome are looking for an experienced Office Administrator to cover a member of staff who is leaving on Maternity leave for 12 months. The position is based in Upper Wortley, Leeds, LS12 4JW.

About us:

Silchrome provide one of the widest arrays of metal finishing processes in the UK.

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You asked: Differences between Electroplated and Electroless Nickel?

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Although they both coat the same material, the two different processes will perform differently, have different attributes and different applications.

Nickel Plating provides a low cost, smooth and ductile coating that can be used in variety of applications. It provides a good level of

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You asked: Can You Refurbish Anodising?

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Any component that is subject to wear and tear may encounter damage, as such it be may be desirable to repair and restore a part by replicating the original process, but is it possible to re-anodise a part?

What is Anodising?

Anodising is a process by which the naturally occurring thin

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You Asked: Can We Chrome Plate Stainless Steel?

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The short answer is yes. Most common grades of Stainless Steel can be reliably Chrome Plated, this may however not be the most appropriate process depending on your application.

For A Bright, Shiny Finish

For decorative applications, it may be simpler to instead Electro-polish the item

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You Asked: Which Process for a Matte Black Finish?

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Options for a Black Matte Finish

Metal finishing process often have two core aims, the first being to extend part life through enhanced protection and the second to be aesthetically pleasing. Even where a part may not need to be used in a ‘decorative’ application it can be useful to

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Different Xylan Products

 

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Popular Xylan products

 

Xylan is a brand name for a group of Fluropolymer coatings which typically blend high performance resins with a fluoropolmer lubricant such as PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene). Xylan coatings are smooth and slick in nature providing a uniform finish in a range

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Tackling Corrosion Offshore

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Corrosion costs the Oil and Gas Industry billions each and every year and any component which operates in an offshore environment must withstand several different sources of deterioration. These include the salt water environment, numerous sources of wear as well as potential chemical and gases

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Zinc: Trivalent vs Hexavalent

 

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Zinc Plating is a very popular process for the protection of a wide range of components. It’s a sacrificial coating that offers excellent corrosion resistance at a cost effective price. Zinc Plating is also known as galvanising and can be passivated in a number of colours. The way in

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Electroless Nickel in Chemical Processing

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A key consideration for the Chemical Processing Industry is finding a way to extend equipment life without affecting the purity of the product. Electroless Nickel is a conversion coating that is able to form a protective barrier for a range of parts. One of the great advantages of the process

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Polishing, Pickling and Passivating

 

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Silchrome are known for our wide array of metal finishing processes, providing everything from copper plating, to chemical blacking. Alongside our various coating and plating processes we are also quite happy to provide associated services such as pickling and polishing.

Lacquer

When

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Electroless Nickel in the Automotive Industry

 

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Automotive companies have been refocusing on fresh, innovative ways in which to improve part life and performance. A large part of this work has been the introduction of new engines and new fuels and as such they have had to think of new ways to protect parts and increase life cycle. The

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Three Types of Anodising

 

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Anodising is one of the most widely used surface treatments for a variety of components. It is used to form a protective barrier against damage on metals such as Aluminium, Titanium and Magnesium as well as providing a base layer for a number of post treatments like painting. The process

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Electroless Nickel in Oil & Gas

 

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Electroless Nickel is widely used throughout the Oil and Gas Industry due to its uniform coating, excellent corrosion resistance and ability to act as a protective barrier against abrasion. There are three key areas in which Oil and Gas components must operate: Surface Operations, Downhole

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Attributes of Electroless Nickel

 

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Attributes of Electroless Nickel

Electroless Nickel Plating (or ENP for short) is an autocatalytic plating meaning that it forms through a chemical reaction to the metal. It’s used across a wide range of industries due to its core attributes of corrosion and wear resistance.

Uniform

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Complex Cast Iron Plating

 

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Cast parts represent a challenge to most metal finishing companies. Cast parts are prone to having rough surfaces of a non-homogenous nature and often contain a high carbon content, impurities and various residues. This means in order to ensure a high quality finish he right selection of

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