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Copper Alloys’ Antimicrobial Effects

Copper Alloys’ Antimicrobial Effects

Scientific evidence has shown that certain metal alloys containing copper have antimicrobial and antiviral properties.1,3,4,5 Studies have also demonstrated that certain coatings containing these alloys applied to the surface of products can provide antimicrobial...

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Your Top 3 DLC Coating Questions Answered

Your Top 3 DLC Coating Questions Answered

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.

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Chrome PVD Coating as an Alternative to Chrome Plating

Chrome PVD Coating as an Alternative to Chrome Plating

Chromium's mirror finish will never go out of style. In fact, the opposite seems to be true. As some in the industry predict that "chrome is the new brass," this is the perfect time for PVD chromium to become the new chrome. Let's look at the facts: Traditional chrome...

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Sputtering vs. Cathodic Arc: Which Physical Vapor Deposition Process Should You Use?

Sputtering vs. Cathodic Arc: Which Physical Vapor Deposition Process Should You Use?

Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) is a general term used to describe several thin-film deposition processes. Evaporation, sputter deposition, electron-beam evaporation, ion beam, pulsed laser, and cathodic arc are examples of PVD processes, with cathodic arc and sputtering playing key roles in decorative and functional industrial applications. Below, we compare both technologies.

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Durable PVD Finishes & Color Coatings: The Future Is Bright

Durable PVD Finishes & Color Coatings: The Future Is Bright

You’ll notice that certain base metals can produce many different color combinations, from gray to dark bronze to blue, whereas others – are limited to only to gray-toned colors. This difference is one reason why most durable decorative films are either titanium- or zirconium-based. Another reason is that the compounds that create most of these striking colors also exhibit excellent wear-resistant and chemical-resistant properties.

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