Nickel is a durable metal that's use has been traced back to as early as 20 B.C. Nickel is a transition metal that is hard and ductile with a silvery-white finish. Nickel is similar to chromium, titanium and aluminum in that it is slow to react at average temperatures and pressure.
Many consumer and industrial products contain a form of nickel, such as stainless steel, magnets, coins and special alloys. Nickel is used as a plating for goods such as silverware, and is the ingredient that gives glass a green tint. Nickel is mainly distinguished as an alloy metal. The primary use of nickel alloys are nickel steels and nickel cast irons. Nickel is also used for other alloys such as brass, bronze, copper, silver and more. Consider that following as you think about your nickel needs:
1. Work with nickel alloy producers to form custom metals to your exact need and specifications
2. Purchase nickel and nickel parts from metal distributors
3. Locate nickel plating services
Find a nickel alloy producerNickel alloy producers have the capability of controlling the chemistry of the alloy for a specific use. Producers will melt and form the alloy according to your specifications.
Work with nickel distributorsCompanies that are nickel distributors sell nickel in a form that allows businesses to manufacturer nickel products to their specifications, or they manufacturer the products themselves and distribute the finished product.
Protect corrosion-prone metals with nickel platingPlating for anti-corrosion purposes is one of the more common uses of nickel plating. Iron, copper, or zinc alloys all benefit from nickel plating. Plating is used for engineering purposes as well, offering wear and abrasion resistance and corrosion protection for chemical environments, undersized parts and more.
- Working with companies that have certifications will help to ensure you are receiving quality nickel and nickel alloys. Look for companies with the following certifications. MIL, AMS, ASTM, AISI, QQ and ISO.