Testing a Product For Nickel (Ni) Coating

Testing a Product For Nickel (Ni) Coating

Testing a Product For Nickel (Ni) Coating

Client: IMAX

Background: IMAX came to GHL to test a product from their supplier. They were experiencing bleeding on tapped holes in metal plates and wanted to find out if there were defects in the nickel (Ni) coating.

Challenge: This was something outside of GHL’s usual storm water, wastewater and grease interceptor testing services. However, GHL has facilities and experienced staff that can handle different types of tests.

Solution: GHL’s solution involved both an electrolytic and chemical test; one test identified the presence of Fe and the other the presence of Ni. This made it possible to determine if there was a coating present and, if so whether it contained Ni or not. A test sample coated with 2% Ni was used as a control.

Results: The results showed that there was presence of Fe and not Ni in some parts which clearly indicated alloyed defect in the coating. Other parts indicated a coating but it was either very thin or not pure Ni.

The client was satisfied with the conclusion that GHL provided.

GHL was able to find a suitable method, outsource the materials needed, installed the test setup and conducted the test within the time frame expected by the client.

Dr. Greg Williams is the Managing Director of Good Harbour Labs, a Monteco company. Dr. Williams has been involved in technology development and verification in the water business for over 15 years, starting at Trojan Technologies and then moving to Monteco. He has co-authored 5 patents and he has considerable experience in evaluating technologies, writing protocols and evaluating data. Dr. Williams received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from McGill University and his PhD from the University of Toronto.