Improve products with thin film technologies

Leading manufacturers use thin film to enhance product value. Learn how our customers use Vapor Tech deposition systems to amplify the durability, performance, and appeal of their products — all while staying cost-competitive and increasing market share.

Improve durability, and functionality of critical part features

The business challenge

Physical vapor deposition (PVD) technology modifies the surface properties of a device without changing the underlying material properties and functionality, making it increasingly popular for medical and dental applications. For example, orthopedic implants and instruments, surgical instruments, and pacemakers have all been improved with the application of thin films.

PVD coatings include biocompatible materials that benefit medical devices by:

  • Improving wear resistance
  • Increasing aesthetic appeal
  • Providing a chemical barrier and reduced surface friction
  • Offering compatibility with sterilization techniques

The Vapor Tech solution

By increasing surface energy and reducing surface tension, thin film coatings increase nonstick properties, making instruments easier to clean and insert.

Vapor Tech deposition systems apply highly desirable coatings to medical device applications that:

  • Improve corrosion resistance
  • Can be sterilized
  • Are made with biocompatible materials
  • Adhere well to 3-D surfaces
  • Improve wettability

Improve hardware durability

LTAVD® processes provide durable coatings in multiple colors while electron-enhanced RAAMS™ processes improve hardness.

Consistent coating qualities that protect critical features

Vapor Tech deposition systems apply coatings that conform to fine features and surface finish details.

Coat 3-D parts

Vapor Tech systems create a durable and uniform finish on 3-D surfaces.  Coating uniformity enhances designed features and highlights aesthetic details.

Protecting critical tooling features

The business challenge

Today’s machining applications require tools with extremely fine features. Traditional coating processes are often not feasible for industrial markets. The heat used in these processes can warp or deform product features and can dull sharp edges. Thick coatings such as plating and plasma sprays dull sharp features designed to cut materials into finished products.

The Vapor Tech solution

Vapor Tech coating systems provide all the benefits of traditional tool coating while limiting deposition temperatures to avoid softening or dulling of critical tooling features during the coating process. Coatings can be aligned such that the base tooling material and the material being machined for the best available coating to meet your application needs.

Coat temperature-sensitive substrates

Vapor Tech’s LTAVD process deposits coatings at controllable low-process temperatures.

Provide durable coatings

LTAVD processes provide durable coatings in multiple colors while electron-enhanced RAAMS processes improve hardness.

Coat 3-D surfaces

Vapor Tech systems create a uniform finish on 3-D surfaces.

Making Home Hardware More Durable

The business challenge

Since the mid-1990s, PVD coatings have been used as high-quality surface finishes for accessories and home décor. These durable, decorative coatings are often found in bathroom and door hardware, as well as accessories, because of the relatively wide metallic color range that is possible.

PVD coatings create surface finishes that surpass traditional electroplated coatings for hardness and wear resistance, do not discolor or tarnish, and improve corrosion resistance.

The Vapor Tech Solution

Superior surface performance, precision, appeal, and long-term durability make your products better. Vapor Tech’s RAAMS dense layer processing for the ultimate in durable coatings and LTAVD processing for durable decorative applications deliver these benefits in proven, efficient, and robust systems built for finishing the best products on the market.

Produce a wide range of durable metallic colors

  • No hardware or setup changes required to change finish colors between production runs.
  • Most colors are made from a single base metal that is reacted with varying levels of oxygen, nitrogen, and or carbon.

Performance beyond traditional electroplated coatings

  • PVD processes create coatings that can be 2-3x harder than pure metallic coatings.
  • Coloring and finish for PVD hardened metals do not discolor or tarnish the way plated, painted, or powder-coated materials do.

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