New Parker ToughShield™ Plus is bringing zinc-nickel plating to the next level. The plating provides excellent resistance for increased corrosion prevention for tube fittings and adapters while maintaining optimum properties and assembly values.
Parker Hannifin, the motion and control technologies specialist, introduces the newly developed proprietary ToughShield™ Plus zinc-nickel surface treatment for all tube fittings and adapters worldwide. With this new development, Parker is bringing the zinc-nickel plating technology in the market to the next level. The plating provides excellent resistance for increased corrosion prevention while maintaining optimum properties and assembly values. ToughShieldPlus is the first commercially available standard plating system for fluid power systems to provide up to 3,000 hours of resistance to red corrosion. The costs of corrosion are significant across all industries. Every day, millions of fittings and adapters are used in the most challenging customer applications where they can be exposed to fertilisers, mud, air pollution, salt in the air, and other aggressive media that can cause rust. Once in the system, corrosion, as an electromechanical reaction, can easily spread to more costly components. Therefore, it is important to prevent corrosion and to keep it out of the system by using the most resistant components.
The innovative topcoat provides superior friction and assembly control
ToughShield Plus has been developed at Parker Fluid Connectors’own test laboratories and electroplating facilities in Europe and the USA with experienced experts. The basis of the new plating builds on the proprietary zinc-nickel alloy, passivated by a hexavalent chromium free layer. The innovative topcoat provides superior friction and assembly control. For electroplating, the industry-wide accepted methods were used to test ToughShield Plus. Procedures like Neutral Saltspray Testing (SST) and Cyclical Corrosion Testing (CCT) were used to approve the product. The result: ToughShield Plus offers above-average corrosion resistance of 3,000 hours in the Saltspray test and thus a clear advantage for customers compared to existing solutions on the market. ToughShield Plus complies with the leading industry standards such as DIN and SAE as well as the environmental standards RoHs, REACH and ELV.