Plating high pressure gas cylinders


From its facilities in South Houston and Humble, Texas, Houston Plating & Coatings (HP&C) differentiates itself from the typical job shop operation by employing supply chain principles for its customers.

Founded in 1988 to provide electroless nickel plating services to energy equipment manufacturers, today the company’s 155 employees offer an assortment of corrosion and wear protection finishing service lines to a diverse set of equipment OEMs. Looking to grow its non-energy business, HP&C recently developed a plating process for industrial gas cylinders. In January, the company announced its new, proprietary electroless nickel (EN) process and equipment to plate the internal surfaces of high pressure (HP) gas cylinders. Marketed under the Ni-sideTM brand, the process achieves complete coverage with a uniformly thin (0.001in) layer of plated nickel.

To learn why this process is of interest to the Industrial Gas Industry, gasworld spoke with William Howard, HP&C’s President and CEO.

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