Enhanced Z11

RoHS / WEEE / ELV-Compliant High-Phosphorus Electroless Nickel

Technical Data Sheet - ENhanced Z11  

electroless nickel plating enhanced z11 by anoplate inc near syracuse ny

Anoplate’s ENhanced Z11 offers all the advantages of high phosphorus electroless nickel to manufacturers without concern over compliance to stringent environmental regulations (e.g. RoHS, WEEE, ELV) that restrict or ban the presence of intentionally added lead or cadmium typically found in the majority of electroless nickel deposits. ENhanced Z11 is the result of Anoplate’s commitment to continuously reduce its environmental footprint.


  • Highly corrosion resistant electroless nickel plating system employing the latest in chemical innovation, coupled with Anoplate’s proprietary plating equipment.
  • High-phosphorus composition, typically 10-12% by weight, offering superior corrosion resistance and good wear resistance
  • Appealing semi-bright metallic luster with consistent stainless steel-like appearance
  • Ultra-smooth deposit with consistently low coefficient of friction and non-magnetic
  • Deposits evenly on all surfaces, unlike electroplating baths
  • Can be thermally treated to increase hardness of the nickel phosphorus alloy to an equivalent hardness of 66 Rockwell C

ENhanced Z11 can be applied to a wide variety of materials, including:

  • Steels
  • Stainless Steels
  • Inconel, Monel, Invar, Kovar
  • Aluminum (picture shown)
  • Brass & Copper

Typical Applications

ENhanced Z11 should be applied where maximum corrosion resistance is required.

ENhanced Z11 is an excellent solution for the following applications:

  • Engraving and printing rollers
  • Turbine engine seals
  • Injection molds
  • Hydraulic cylinders
  • Medical diagnostic equipment





Phosphorus: 10.5 – 12%
Cadmium: ~0 ppm
Lead: <1,000 ppm
Appearance: Semi-bright metallic luster  
Micro-structure: Amorphous
Magnetic Coercivity: Non-magnetic

Deposit Hardness:
45 HRC As-deposited
66 HRC Heat-treated
Electrical Resistivity: 90-110 µΩ/cm
Melting Range: 880°C

Wear Resistance:
22-24 TWI As-Deposited
10-14 TWI Heat-Treated


Corrosion Performance

ENhanced Z11 is an outstanding corrosion preventative coating. While it is routinely tested to 100+ hours of neutral salt fog per ASTM B 117, the coating has been shown to achieve up to 300 hours!

ENhanced Z11 meets and exceeds the following requirements:

  • AMS 2404
  • AMS-C-26074 (formerly MIL-C-26074)
  • ASTM B 733 Type V

Film Thickness & Tolerances

ENhanced Z11 is typically specified for thicknesses in the range of 0.0002”-0.001”, but can easily be applied to thicknesses up to 0.003”. For extreme corrosion applications, it is recommended for deposit thickness greater than 0.001” per surface

For questions about this process or if you would you like to discuss an application for Enhanced Z11? Contact Us Today.

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