Good vacuum coatings depend on clean surfaces. Weak adhesion performance is usually the result of contaminants on the part surface before coating. To avoid this issue, it’s critical to understand how clean “clean” must be and how to make that happen. Why parts aren’t...read more
Although some expertise is required to develop or customize new finishes, the day-to-day operation of a VaporTech® PVD (physical vapor deposition) system is quite simple – no Ph.D. required. First, a simple introduction to the PVD coating process Vapor Technologies,...read more
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.read more
People often ask us: "Just exactly what is PVD coating?" Here's a brief introduction You can download our full introductory guide to thin-film finishes (including PVD, CVD, and DLC coating) or more detailed information. PVD (physical vapor deposition) thin-film...read more
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.read more
Do you need both PVD & DLC coatings on your products? Do you use a coating service company because bringing two different coating machines in-house isn’t an option? Watch this video!read more
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