Lean PVD for your needs

About to invest in new PVD equipment? If so, are traditional PVD solutions right for you, or do production integration and a lean thinking better match your company philosophy. Whatever application you have, Lean PVD™ systems and coating solutions from Impact Coatings might be what meet your production needs.

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Our skilled engineers support customers to adapt the most suitable PVD production solution. This includes PVD systems suitable for lean production and PVD coatings optimized for the customer’s product. Impact Coatings’ PVD systems can be used for basically all types of PVD coatings. This may involve standard PVD coatings, integrating the customer’s own coatings, or using special PVD coatings developed by Impact Coatings.

Decorative ceramic coatings on titanium and stainless steel products. EMI shielding of electronics plastic enclusure.

Decorative and Functional

Our PVD systems are used for a wide range of decorative and functional coatings on metal, plastic and other materials. Processes include magnetron sputtering, reactive sputtering, arc evaporation, HiPIMS and PECVD.

The versatile InlineCoater™ is used for high-quality decorative finishes on metal and pre-plated plastic. Examples are eyeglass frames, mobile phone components, watches, jewelry, and components for automotive and sanitary industries. The colorful finishes can be standard PVD coatings, as well as Impact Coatings’ wear resistant HardPhase™ ceramic coatings, including a unique deep-black (L*<30) metal finish.

The InlineCoater is also used for a variety of functional applications, including reflective, electrical, hard, tribological and anti-corrosion coatings.

Plastic metallization

Impact Coatings’ PlastiCoater™ offers highly efficient solutions for plastic metallization, allowing integration of injection molding, PVD and lacquer. Typical applications are decorative finishing, reflectors, mirrors, and electrical components.

Decorative finishing

We provide a number of decorative PVD metallization alternatives to traditional chromium plating on plastic. Strict regulations using hexavalent chromium in near future are expected to limit the use of chromium plating in the industry. Optimal PVD alternative depends on technical requirements, plastic material, etc.

1-layer metallization produced with Lean PVD can be a very cost-efficient decorative solution for common construction plastics (PC, ABS, etc.), when demand on scratch resistance is low. Examples are decorative car components that are protected behind screen on the dashboard (frames, meter rings, pointers, etc.).

2-layer and 3-layer decorative solutions, with PVD metallization and various lacquers/paints are used for all plastic types as demands increase. Chromium plating specifications are fulfilled using a 3-layer solution: Primer (UV lacquer) + PVD metallization + Top-coat (UV lacquer).

BrightPhase™ is a chromium plating replacement coating developed by Impact Coatings. It is used directly on plastic, or lacquered plastic, to form wear resistant decorative finishes. The BrightPhase ceramic coating can be made in different colors. It can match metal-colors, e.g. chromium, aluminum and stainless steel, but also be made in colors like black, gray, brown, purple and blue.

Reflectors and mirrors

Plastic reflectors and mirrors are produced very cost-effectively using integrated molding and metallization. For these applications the PlastiCoater provides combinations of sputtered metal coatings and various surface activation and passivation processes, including plasma polymerization from HMDSO.

Electrical components

PVD is also very suitable for metallization of plastic parts for electrical applications. Plastic is used for isolation, but also for low weight and low cost. The metal forms a conductive film on the plastic, e.g. for EMI/RFI shielding.

Lean PVD plastic metallization

R&D

Impact Coatings’ PVD systems are very suitable for efficient R&D and are used at institutes and industrial research centers.

The short cycle times of the InlineCoater™ allow a large number of coatings to be made in a day, e.g. allowing full use of design of experiment (DOE) development approaches. This should be compared to traditional PVD systems that only provide a few different coatings a day due to long cycle times.

The flexible platform of the InlineCoater provides state-of-the-art PVD processes, based on magnetron sputtering, cathodic arc evaporation, HiPIMS, PECVD, etc. The processes and coatings developed on the system are effectively industrialized and scaled to volume production, using the high-productivity parallel processing of the InlineCoater system platform.

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