Essential metal finishing solutions for the power generation industry

The UK’s energy industry plays a significant role in our country. Aside from the obvious benefits it provides in terms of heating and lighting of our homes, as well as powering our plethora of electrical devices, it makes a massive contribution to the economy. The British power generation sector creates over £85 billion per year and employs more than 1 in 50 people in the country. The various forms of power creation require reliable, precision components, designed to last in harsh operating conditions.

Electroplating in the power generation sector

Whether we’re talking about traditional power stations that make use of fossil fuels, nuclear power plants, or more renewable forms of power generation, their various components undergo a great deal of strain. Turbines produce enormous amounts of friction, heat, and abrasion and yet their components must be built to last. This requires durable and reliable plating techniques that ensure long-lasting and safe components.

Why is electroplating so essential to the power generation industry? Here are some of the key reasons:

Corrosion and wear resistance

A component breaking in any piece of equipment is bad news, but in a power generation setting, it can be disastrous. Since most power plants generate energy by means of steam-powered turbines, components are prone to both wear-and-tear caused by constant abrasion, as well as corrosion due to the humid environment. At Karas Plating, we offer a number of plating solutions that can rectify both these problems, including nickel-plating.

Friction reduction

Whether it’s a nuclear power plant or a wind turbine, spinning parts play a role in many power generation plants. Heat from friction is an unavoidable by-product of this process, which is why many energy companies look for ways to reduce it. Not only does it extend the life of the components, it allows the turbines to move faster, making the plant more efficient. At Karas Plating, we can employ several plating techniques that minimise both friction and heat in your most important component parts.

High volume power generation and supply solutions

Here at Karas Plating, we are no strangers to the demands of high-volume power generation. For more than thirty years, we have provided high-build silver plating for various contact components used in the National Grid. This plating solution improves both friction and wear resistance on many essential moving, sliding and switchgear parts.

Increased conductivity

The purpose of any power generation company is to produce safe and affordable electricity. In order to benefit from this, you need components that are highly conductive, whilst also being heat and power resistant. There are several metals that we can consider for this, including copper, gold, and silver. We understand that every client’s requirements are unique to their circumstances and we have the tools and the experience to deliver the solution you need.

Your national electroplating experts

For the past seven decades, Karas Plating has been producing high-quality plated components for the UK power generation industry. We have a reputation among our energy clients for the high standard of plating we deliver and the professionalism of our team. No matter what part of the power generation or energy sector you belong to, we can assist you with all your plating requirements.

For more information, call Karas Plating today on 0333 121 0151.

Other sectors we cover

Medical industry

All manner of medical equipment needs reliable electroplating solutions in order to do their job. From sterile surgical instruments to components for larger pieces of medical apparatus, the quality of our plating techniques can literally affect lives.

Defence

The British defence industry utilises many of the electroplating processes that we have perfected here at Karas Plating. Precision plating is required to create reliable defence products. Likewise, they must be resistant to heat, corrosion, and other environmental considerations, since they might be deployed anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice.

Petrochemical Industry

If components used in the power generation industry are under stress, it is nothing compared to the petrochemical sector. From North Sea oil rigs, to the processing centres for petroleum and natural gas, through to the pipeline infrastructure that gets it to our homes, the industry needs plated materials that can survive in the harshest of environments.