Launching the xPro4C
- Time of issue:2020-06-17 14:58
Launching the xPro4C
- Time of issue:2020-06-17 14:58
With an oral presentation “Functional DLC by HiPIMS V+ and pulsed-dc magnetron sputtering in an industrial coating system” delivered April 25, 2018, during the ICMCTF 2018 conference in San Diego, CA, USA, we are launching our newest product, the xPro4C DLC(diamond-like-carbon) coating system (see specification under Downloads).
DLC coatings are widely established for their wear and erosion resistant, corrosion resistant but foremost because of their advantageous tribological properties.
PVT introduces its first DLC-coating system based on the most advanced process technologies. In cooperation with Nano4Energy SL (N4E), Madrid, Spain, the coating system xPro4C was designed and developed using N4E’s HiPIMS V+ (positive pulse) proprietary technology. This magnetron sputtering mode, in combination with the Variable magnetics (VT-ER) provided by Gencoa Ltd., allows an accurate control of both the flux and energy of the ion species bombarding the substrate. And this is the crucial mechanism to produce coatings with optimum properties such as crystallinity, density, smoothness or internal stress.
The system is specifically designed for the deposition of high performance DLC coatings, such as a-C, a-C:H, ta-C and a-C:Me and many others.
Such coatings are deposited in both HiPIMS V+ and DC-pulsed magnetron sputtering mode onto a variety of cutting tools, dies and moulds, components and consumer products for highly advantageous tribological purposes, i.e. extremely low cof (coefficient of friction) and high wear resistance.
Besides the DLC coatings, in the xPro4C system also high performance metallurgical coatings, such as AlCrSiN, AlTiSiN, AlCrN, AlTiN, CrN, TiC,N, TiN and many others can be deposited with extremely smooth surface structures.
The xPro4C coating system is also an excellent research tool due to its extreme flexibility and its economic size.
PVT products and services are presented at countless shows, exhibitions and conferences worldwide to provide our customers with an on site overview of current products and our latest product innovations.
November 27 to November 30, 2019
Delivery and installation of complete turnkey-coating centers. Participation at more than 20 exhibitions and shows in different countries: IMTEX in India, EMO in Hannover and DMC in Shanghai, just to name only a few.
Four events stand out and deserve a closer look:
1. xxl6.5 – The Heavyweight
The biggest coating system ever built by PVT, has been in China now for 12 months and has been in operation ever since without any problems.
Key data – for your information
• total height of the machine: 4.200 mm
• coating chamber for parts up to 3.000mm coating length
• designed for substrates with up to 450 mm in diameter
• designed for substrates with up to 3.000 kg weight
Our client reports satisfaction with the system and due to the in-house coating facilities a significant increase in turnover and a rise in market shares.
PVT will support this business partner strongly in the future.
2. A new location – PVT Qingdao
After PVT Germany took over 100% of the shares of PVT Shandong in Linyi the business was moved to Qingdao. New address is the ‚Sino-German-Eco-Park- Qindao (see photos) , a prospering Industry Park that includes many German businesses in the meantime.
The ‚Sino-German-Eco-Park Qingdao‘ became known due to the commitment of the German soccer club FC Bayern München to establish a soccer training school there.
The consulting board includes authority figures such as Klaus Schlappner, a famous soccer dignitary and well-known former coach of the Chinese national soccer team.
Soon after PVT Qingdao began coating operations the machine park was expanded and now includes a very efficient plasma-nitriding system. The dual chamber system has vacuum chambers of 1.000 mm in diameter and an effective height of 1.700 mm.
The PVD coating capacity will be increased by 200% at the beginning of next year, i.e. after the Chinese New Year Celebrations.
3. CLS Technology
At the beginning of the year PVT got an order to develop a highly productive batch-coating system for the deposition of optically dense and highly reflecting metal coatings (CLS technology).
The client will deposit these coatings on bulky pre-painted automotive components.
The internal dimensions of the coating chamber amount to a diameter of 1.800 mm and a height of 1.200 mm. PVT successfully reduced the cycle times of 12 minutes requested by the customer ( including loading and unloading) minutes by 25 %. Now, every 9 minutes coated substrates leave the coating chamber, much to the delight of the client.
The coating system is currently on its way to China after a successful process simulation.
4. HiPIMS and Sputtering of diamond-like carbon coatings (DLC)
Midyear PVT decided to develop the first own industrial HiPIMS/Magnetron Sputtering system. The solid basis to that were the preceding very successful process validitations .
The introduction of this product will probably take place already in spring 2018.
Thus PVT is worldwide the only company to use large rectangular sources for all its processes: arc evaporation, magnetron sputtering and HiPIMS.
The applications of these are the areas where erosion- and corrosion resistant, wear resistant and tribological (low-friction) high-performance coatings are needed for cutting tools, dies and molds, components and wear parts.
PVT will keep you posted.
Please contact us if you have questions regarding our products and processes.