Does PVD coating add substantial costs to my product?

A common misconception with a physical vapor deposition (PVD) finish is that  PVD coating costs are high and will add substantial cost to a manufactured part. While having a small volume of parts coated by a coating service vendor can be expensive, coating cost per part can drop drastically when you purchase PVD equipment and bring the process in-house. VaporTech® manufactures PVD batch coating systems that are capable of quickly coating both small or large volumes of parts. Depending on the part dimensions, our larger coating systems, such as the new VT-3000i™, can coat hundreds of parts in one batch. For decorative PVD applications on consumer products, this means coating costs can often be measured in cents, not dollars. The costs of operating a PVD coating system include the coating source material, electricity, common gases (such as nitrogen and argon), and periodic maintenance. The source material is often a metal such as zirconium, chromium or titanium. In many applications, the source material may last for months before the need for replacement. The coating source material is usually the highest cost consumable. All VaporTech systems use a cylindrical source with a high utilization system, which minimizes wasted material and lowers cost. System maintenance is straightforward and includes only periodic maintenance and cleaning performed by your staff, with more significant maintenance activity with our experts is only required annually.

What types of parts can I coat?

VaporTech PVD systems are designed to deposit extremely durable metallic or diamond-like carbon (DLC) coatings on a broad range of consumer and industrial parts. These finishes are incredibly thin, durable, and are available in a wide range of colors. At VaporTech, we work closely with you to understand your product’s characteristics and what you would like to improve through the application of a PVD or DLC finish. Once a coating type is selected and part dimensions are known, the throughput and cost per batch can be easily estimated. In our experience, many of our potential clients are surprised at how cost-effective adding PVD finishing to manufacturing operation can be. VaporTech designs, builds, and services thin-film deposition systems that deposit PVD and PE-CVD coatings to improve products around the world. We’re committed to what we do because we know that a product’s finish communicates its quality in an instant—and impacts how your customers view your brand. We understand that a finish that stands the test of time emphasizes a brand’s commitment to quality and value. For more than 20 years, our team of scientists and engineers has been helping customers apply beautiful and durable hard coatings that enhance and differentiate home hardware, medical devices, industrial tooling, consumer electronics, sporting goods, and many other products. We are located in Longmont, Colorado, and support our customers globally. Contact our staff for more information on the feasibility of integrating a thin-film system into your company’s manufacturing operations and lower your PVD coating costs.

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