Metals: Nickel S-Pellets
Vale (formerly INCO®) S-Pellets® are fully activated nickel anode material ideally suited for electroplating with anode baskets. The pellets are spherical in shape and are made by a special gas refining process that retains a small, closely controlled amount of sulphur in the nickel to maximize its electrochemical activity.
Being fully active, Vale® S-Nickel Pellets® dissolve smoothly at 100% efficiency in all nickel plating solutions including those without chloride ions. Due to its activity, it has a lower resistance to current flow compared to sulphur-free nickel and as a result, reduces power costs.
The sulphur in the product does not enter the solution but forms insoluble nickel sulfide that is retained in the anode bag where it acts to remove unwanted copper impurities from the plating solution.
The unique spherical shape of Vale® S-Nickel Pellets® ensures a degree of flowability unmatched by any other form of plating nickel, and this property makes it relatively easy to fill anode baskets of various sizes and shapes manually or with the aid of hoppers, funnels, channels, and tubes. Fully automatic loading devices have been successfully employed with this anode material.
The relativly high packing density coupled with its exceptional flowability and activity makes this product attractive for all types of plating, especially for high-speed engineering and electroforming applications.
Quality management systems for the production, packaging and marketing of Vale® S-Nickel Pellets® have been registered and comply with the requirements of ISO Standard 9002-94.
Forms: Spherical pieces of nickel 6 to 14 mm (0.25 to 0.6 in.) diameter
Packaging Density: About 5.4 kg/dm3 (0.20 to 0.22 lb/in.3) of basket capacity.
Typical Chemical Analysis:
Exceeds the requirements of ISO 6283, NR9995; BS 375, R99.95 and ASTM B 39, except for the sulphur content.
10kg (22 lb.) plastic bags; 5 bags per box; 20 boxes per pallet, stretch-wrapped. Net weight 1000 kg (2204 lb.).
1000kg (2204 lb.) steel drum; 1 drum per pallet, strapped. Net weight 1000kg (2204 lb.).
Also available in 1000kg (2204 lb.) or 2000kg (4408 lb.) bags.
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