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How Our Labs Develop PVD Coatings for Customer Needs

How Our Labs Develop PVD Coatings for Customer Needs

Why our labs rock at PVD coating development Vapor Technologies, Inc., has built our reputation on the thin-film coatings we've developed for use in our Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) and Plasma-Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PE-CVD) coating equipment. We know...

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Why We Use Zirconium-Based Coatings for Durable/Decorative PVD

Why We Use Zirconium-Based Coatings for Durable/Decorative PVD

In the late ’90s, polished brass finishes were all the rage in home decor–from door hardware to plumbing fixtures and everything in-between. Once engineers discovered that zirconium nitride (ZrN) can imitate natural brass, the floodgates were opened. Next came a rush to introduce finishes with lifetime durability guarantees. As with all decorative trends, times change, and soon, metallic finishes like stainless steel and nickel replaced brass as the dominant finish and, more recently, bronzes, rose golds, and blacks. Fortunately, zirconium is the chameleon metal that can respond to these evolving trends.

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Combining Hydrogenated and Doped DLC Variants Creates Highly Targeted Functional Coatings

Combining Hydrogenated and Doped DLC Variants Creates Highly Targeted Functional Coatings

Differences in applications like the type of substrate, mechanical loading, environment (presence of a lubricant, air, vacuum), and counterpart material led to the development of DLC “variants.” These variants include undoped hydrogenated amorphous carbon (a-C:H ) and hydrogen-free tetrahedral amorphous carbon (ta-C), to metal-doped (a-C:H:Me) and non-metal doped (a-C:H:X) DLC coatings.

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What Is Titanium Nitride Coating—And What Are TiN Coatings Used for?

What Is Titanium Nitride Coating—And What Are TiN Coatings Used for?

Titanium Nitride (TiN) coating is one of the most well-known physical vapor deposition (PVD) choices and has been a mainstay of product finishing for decades. Customers like TiN because of its good mechanical properties and lustrous gold color. The combination of a non-metallic element (Nitrogen) with a transition metal element (Titanium) forms a refractory (resistant to alteration) material. The material exhibits many attributes associated with refractory nitride materials.

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VaporTech PVD Facility: Virtual Tour & Meet Your Team [video]

VaporTech PVD Facility: Virtual Tour & Meet Your Team [video]

This new video is a brief overview highlighting key members of your VaporTech team as well as the facility itself and our line of PVD coating systems. Your tour begins in the lobby and moves to the conference room, where we start with a brief meeting with company execs before embarking on our (virtual) facility tour to see the engineering department, R&D, our manufacturing floor, and our systems.

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Are Any Everyday Products Thin-Film-Coated? Common PVD Applications Include Faucets, Auto Parts, Tools

Are Any Everyday Products Thin-Film-Coated? Common PVD Applications Include Faucets, Auto Parts, Tools

Thin-film deposition technologies, like physical vapor deposition (PVD) or chemical vapor deposition (CVD), are most commonly known for their use in the production of microelectronics and sensors. We are far less familiar with applying these technologies for more common everyday products t, though manufacturers have been using them since as far back as the 1930s.

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