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Why Hardness Matters: 5 Top Coating Hardness Questions Answered

Why Hardness Matters: 5 Top Coating Hardness Questions Answered

1. What is coating hardness? Hardness is the crucial parameter in understanding the structural stability of a material you use, whether it in the form of a coating or a solid mass. Specifically, hardness is the relative measure of superficial physical strength of...
Coating Case Study: 2 PVD Systems Make Faucet Parts Shine!

Coating Case Study: 2 PVD Systems Make Faucet Parts Shine!

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...
PVD Colors: How to Ensure Beautiful, Consistent Colors

PVD Colors: How to Ensure Beautiful, Consistent Colors

Appearance, along with function, defines most consumer products ranging from faucets to automobiles. However, the appearance of a product can be challenging to communicate and assess. First, there is a vast and inconsistent vocabulary for defining PVD colors in the...
Clean Up Your Act with Critical Thin-Film Preparation Methods

Clean Up Your Act with Critical Thin-Film Preparation Methods

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...
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