microhardness values also increase significantly compared to electrolytic nickel plating. Electroless nickel gives a finish that has good lubricity and solderability.

Fuel injection systems, brake pins, bleed valves, heat sinks, semiconductor packages, and battery components are all common applications of electroless nickel in addition to the following industries:

Food Processing
Oil Field Drilling Equipment

Electroless nickel


ASTM B 733
AMS 2404,2405
AMS 2433

Process Advantages

Uniform Deposits
Great Abrasion/Wear Resistance
Less Porous
Corrosion and Chemical Resistance

Electroless Nickel Plating Capacities

Electroless nickel barrel and rack plating: Up to 20,000 lb/day

Common Applications

Typically, electroless nickel is plated between 0.0001" and 0.0008" thickness. Thickness is dependent upon corrosion protection, hardness, and wear resistance requirements. This process is able to satisfy the growing trend of maximum integrity by plating the inner diameter of tubes. It is also useful in plating nonconductive materials.

Electroless nickel is used to increase abrasion and wear resistance of iron and copper alloys, magnesium, and beryllium. Eastern Plating provides high volume rack and barrel plating of the widely accepted mid-phosphate deposit which gives a bright finish. A standout advantage of electroless nickel plating is the process’s ability to deposit uniformly on parts of varying size and shape. Lack of porosity helps this finish achieve greater corrosion resistance in neutral salt spray testing versus electrolytic nickel plating. Typical