With nearly 60 years of experience, the Kanigen Group is a partner for industry, system builders and their suppliers. Electroless nickel and its variants can give real technical added value, especially for parts that are geometrically complex and require a high degree of accuracy.
The Kanigen Group offers technical support during the development of new applications of its customers operating in diverse industrial segments. By optimised use of the properties of electroless nickel and its variants, we help our customers to develop better products if possible, and sometimes even to make it possible for them to conquer new markets.
Electroless nickel and electroless nickel with PTFE (NiPtef), both popular for their regularity, are more and more applied on the mechanical parts of electromechanical components, because of their increasing complex geometry or precision. NiPtef is also popular for security components.
References : Schneider, Le Gris, Parker, … .Applications :
- Circuits breakers, …
Compressors and pneumatics
Electroless nickel is applied for a long time in compressor concepts and pneumatics. It’s used, not only on precision parts in the heart of the compressor, but also on air arrival and exhaust pipes. Strength of electroless nickel is its uniform layer thickness an ability to plate the inside of tubes and pressure vessels. NiPtef is also popular to reduce friction on pneumatic armatures and on security components.
References : Atlas Copco, Dresser Rand, … .Applications :
- Machined parts of the compressors
- Pressure vessels, … .
Electroless nickel and hard electroless nickel are applied to solve corrosion, wear and even fretting problems. Examples are components of differentials where electroless hard nickel is used. On valve spools, electroless hard nickel is used as an alternative for hard chromium.
References : Caterpilar, CNH, John Deere, Dana, … .Applications :
- valve spools
- train braking systems
- supply pipes for biofuel
- components of differentials
- components of hydraulic systems: pistons, manifolds, connectors, seal rings …
- coupling between train/metro wheel and motor, ...
Thanks to its main properties, corrosion resistance and hardness, electroless nickel and electroless hard nickel are considered standards in this market.
References : Bosch Rexroth, Eaton, Stäubli, … .Applications :
- Seal rings
- Connectors, …
Food, pharma and medical
Electroless nickel is often used on steel as alternative for stainless steel parts, more expensive in machining and purchase of the material. Electroless nickel is considered as G.R.A.S. (Generally Recognized As Safe) by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and can be used in direct contact with food or pharmaceutical products. Kanigen Group disposes of a list of compatible and non-compatible products which can be obtained on demand.
References : Pfizer, JBT Food, … .Applications :
- pill presses
- bakery machines
- filling machines for bottles and canned food
- packing machines for food and drugs
- transfer valves and transmission systems for food
- pressure rollers for the forming of food before cooking, ...
Special equipments and machines
Electroless nickel and its variants are applied in special machines and equipements offering complementary properties and/or solutions on high precision parts working in extreme environments and/or conditions or needing to meet specific requirements.
References: Heidelberg, … .Applications :
- Printers for plastic film
- Injection moulds
- Transmission systems
- Valves, …
Textile machines are often exposed to extreme wear, therefore a lot of parts are electroless nickel plated.
References : Picanol, Vandewiele, Oerlikon, … .Applications :
- Weaving machines
- Yarn extrusion machines
- Bespoke machines and automation
- Jacquard machines