Manufacturers have known for decades about the benefits of in-house PVD coating: time savings, quality control, and customized thin film coatings that differentiate products by improving function and appearance. However, in the past, the capital investment was too high for lower-volume operations, the machines were too large or complex to integrate into existing manufacturing facilities, and industry perception was that these machines required highly trained specialists to operate and maintain.
To meet your needs for flexibility and a broader range of both PVD color and functional/tribological coatings, the VT-1500i coating system can be configured with up to 3 deposition sources and 3 PVD deposition technologies. Here are 3 reasons you should consider this new PVD coating machine:
A common misconception with a high-tech PVD finish is that it will add substantial cost to a manufactured part. While having a small volume of parts coated by a contract coating service provider can be expensive, coating cost per part can drop drastically when PVD equipment is brought in-house.
Click here for a print-ready pdf version of this PVD coating case study. Recently, PVD coating equipment manufacturer Vapor Technologies, Inc., installed a second PVD finishing system for repeat customer and home-fixture leader Brasstech Inc. (Brasstech). The new...
Scientific evidence has shown that certain metal alloys containing copper have antimicrobial and antiviral properties. Studies have also demonstrated that certain coatings containing these copper alloys, applied to the surface of products can provide antimicrobial protection of the surface.
Diamond-like carbon (DLC) coatings blend the best qualities of graphite and diamond, which are both naturally occurring forms of carbon. DLC coatings can be quite hard, lubricious, and chemically inert, making them excellent for a range of applications. For example, DLC coatings enable razors to provide a smooth, close shave day after day and boost performance in racing motorcycles and cars. The dark, glossy, neutral color of some DLC coatings is visually striking. DLC-coated watches are an example. DLC coatings are applied using plasma processes.