Applications

applications

Nickel has a particular ability to alloy with a range of materials. This has led to the development of a range of specialist alloys with important properties – electrical resistance, oxidation resistance, exceptional strength and corrosion resistance (especially at elevated temperatures). This has important applications in the resistance heating industries, glass sealing, springs and fasteners for the aerospace and nuclear industries and components for chemical and food processing.

Heating Elements

heating-elements

Manufactured from wire, tape/ribbon or strip, most frequently from Nichrome 80/20 material due to its high resistance. Elements are either embedded or supported on the surface of the electrical insulating material. Applications include toasters and hair dryers, furnaces for industrial heating, floor heating.

Hot Cutting Wire

hot-cutting-wire

Used for the accurate cutting of complex shapes from polystyrene foam (EPS) – by hand or by CNC machine – and used extensively in the packaging industry. Also used for architectural mouldings, theatrical props and modelling.

Heat Sealers

heat-sealers

Heat Sealers are used to seal thermoplastic materials using heat generated from resistance wires, ribbons or strips. Sealers are either Impulse (for sealing similar materials) or Constant (sealing dissimilar materials). Typical applications are packaging and bag sealing.

Resistors

resistors

Resistors are common components of electrical networks and electronic circuits, and are present in most electronic equipment. Resistors are made from various compounds as well as high-resistivity alloy such as nichrome wire.

Industrial

industrial

Special nickel alloys have many industrial uses other than electrical resistance heating. Such examples are corrosion and heat resistant applications of the Monel and Inconel alloys in industries such as chemical and food processing.