Creator of Composite Diamond Coating®

Surface Technology, Inc. is the creator and technical leader of CDC - Composite Diamond Coating®, an exceptionally engineered coating of electroless nickel with fine diamond. The synergy of these materials makes CDC an exceptionally hard and wear resistant coating. CDC conforms to even the most complex geometries and is an excellent replacement for chrome plating. STI makes CDC available via coating services from its production facility as well as chemical products sold directly, through a network of distributors, and by agreement with licensees worldwide.

Contact STI for One-Plate® Electroless Nickel solutions, the simplest EN in the world. These One-Plate® systems use just one “Q” solution for both bath make-up and replenishment. This innovation by STI overcomes the many shortcomings of using three A, B, and C solutions. Available in low, medium, high phosphorous, and composite EN varieties. Naturally, all are RoHS compliant.”


Electroless Nickel Plating Solutions

Electroless Nickel (EN) is a chemical method for plating nickel alloys onto metal parts. The alloy can be formed with varying percentages of phosphorus or boron to provide a wide range of hardness, corrosion resistance, magnetism, appearance and other properties. As the process uses no electricity, EN coatings are perfectly uniform thickness across even the most complex shaped parts. EN plating can be applied to virtually any substrate material with the most common being steel, stainless steel, aluminum, copper alloys, titanium, and even plastics.

Surface Technology Inc. is both:

STI has revolutionized the EN industry with the introduction of One-Plate® EN solutions. Since the 1950s, EN has been used on a global industrial scale. Over these many decades, the plating industry has used systems consisting of three chemical solutions (typically called A, B, and C) to produce EN from a plating bath.  What makes One-Plate® so superior to all other EN is that One-Plate® systems only uses one single component (Q) to make up and replenish the EN bath, not three.

There are One-Plate® solutions for low, medium, and high phosphorous versions of EN. They are “made by platers for platers” to work the way they should in real plating shop conditions. Contact STI to get started with One-Plate® and experience the many benefits of these solutions including:

  • Just one product to order, ship, stock
  • Savings on time, labor, energy, and lab work, due to the ease of using a single component
  • A drop-in solution for existing plating shop tanks and processes
  • The option of using a single replenishment pump for the single component rather than manual pouring of multiple components
  • Higher quality and consistency as all chemical ingredients in the bath stay in balance
  • Long bath life thanks to consistent chemistry
  • The option of operating the bath in a “Bleed and Feed” method for consistent plating and perpetual bath life, as highlighted in the following article Click Here
  • Full or partial self-pH maintaining solutions
  • RoHS, ELV, REACH and similar regulations compliant
  • Meet or exceed MIL-C-26074-D, AMS 2404 C, and other specifications
  • Environmental benefits from a lower nickel concentration which reduces drag out and waste at end of the bath life
  • Ability to use One-Plate® baths for composite coating with PTFE, diamond, silicon carbide, boron nitride and other particles, including the most advanced processes for EN-PTFE as in the following article: Click Here.
  • Patented

Read about one of the many plating shops recognizing the benefits of One-Plate®


One-Plate® Systems and Their Properties to Meet All Your EN Needs:

  1001 2001 3001
Type Medium Phosphorous High Phosphorous Low Phosphorous
6-9% 10-13% 3-5%
RoHS Compliant YES YES YES
As Plated 550VHN 500VHN 700VHN
Heat Treated 900VHN 950VHN 1,000VHN
Salt Spray Resistance 100 - 120 hours 1,000 hours 90 - 100 hours
Stress Slightly Tensile Slightly Compressive Compressive
Magnetic Properties Slightly Magnetic Non-magnetic Magnetic
Self-maintaining pH YES Partially Partially

Composite EN Coatings

Another exciting benefit of STI's One-Plate® systems is that our composite dispersions may be added to the above baths to produce EN coatings with particles such as:

These materials can enhance or add new properties to the EN coatings such as higher friction and grip, lower friction and release, increased hardness, greater wear resistance, and many more. Please visit the other areas of our website that describe these composite coatings in detail, and contact STI to discuss these solutions for your particular application.

Advanced Electroless Nickel Plating Solutions

In addition to One-Plate® electroless nickel phosphorous plating solutions, STI has developed other highly advanced electroless nickel solutions including:

Nickel-Boron Coatings


Authentication and Identification Solutions

All of STI’s electroless nickel technologies are available as:  
These chemical components are formulated for maximum reliability, convenience, and economy; and are backed up by STI's first-hand practical knowledge from our plating shop. May be covered by one or more of the following United States Patents No. 4,997,686, 5,145,517, 5,300,330, 5,863,616, 6,306,466, 7,744,685, and 8,147,601, 8,598,260, 9,096,924, 10,006,126, 10,731,257, and 10,731,258 with others pending.

One-Plate® is a registered trademark of Surface Technology, Inc.
Composite Diamond Coating® is a registered trademark of Surface Technology, Inc.
Trace-Coat® is a registered trademark of Surface Technology, Inc.
Illumi-Layer™ is a trademark of Surface Technology, Inc.
NiSlip™ is a trademark of Surface Technology, Inc.
ENBO™ is a trademark of Surface Technology, Inc.

In addition to selling these state-of-the-art electroless nickel solutions, STI operates a State of the Art Facility to provide the highest quality Plating Services on a daily basis.

Nickel Plating Facility

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