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        IBED - An Alternative to Chrome Plating and PVD Coating  
 

 

Precision engineered components and tooling often require the application of coatings to maintain and/or enhance operating performance. Precision coatings are able to increase tools' resistance to abrasive wear while maintaining the original surface integrity.

Conventional processes such as electroplating and physical vapor deposition (PVD) are often used to deposit metallic (Chromium or Nickel) or other hardcoatings (TiN, CrN). These conventional processes both require pre-coating and post-coating treatments that add complexity and cost to the process. Additionally, these conventional coating and plating processes are run at elevated temperatures that can distort dimensions and bulk properties of the components being coated.

The IBED process does not require pre-coating treatments or post-coating grinding or polishing. Coatings are applied at temperatures that do not exceed 200°F, and no toxic chemicals are used or wastes produced. The end result is a high performance coating that maximizes tooling performance, producing superior adhesion and requiring no polishing or buffing.

Below is a comparison of conventional plating / coating processes and IBED:

COATING / PLATING PROCESS COMPARISON

FEATURE

CHROME PLATING

PVD COATING

IBED COATING

PRETREATMENT

Mechanical or Chemical Roughening

Degreasing & Cleaning

Degreasing & Cleaning

TEMPERATURE

Plating: < 300° F
Baking 300-900°F

900-1200°F

<200°F

POST-COATING GRIND/POLISH

Required

May Be Required

Not Required

ADHESION
MECHANISM

Mechanical

Chemical

Metallurgical

COATINGS AVAILABLE

Ni, Cr, Ni(B), Ni(PTFE)

TiN, CrN, DLC

Ni, Cr, TiN, Cr2N, Al2O3

TOXIC WASTES/ FEEDSTOCKS

Yes

Yes

No

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