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PVD stands for Physical Vapor Deposition and includes multiple options of nanocomposite coatings that have unique properties based on the material(s) used in the coating. These properties can include low friction, high hardness, and high corrosion resistance.

PVD Structures and Properties

PVD coatings can have different Nano-Composite structures and properties that can be configured to meet the performance requirements of many different applications. Monolayers, multilayers and duplex systems can be applied. IBC Coatings can provide customer specific coatings as needed.

PVD CeraTough™ Performance

The performance of our CeraTough™ PVD coatings deposited using our proprietary High Energy PVD process is superior to many other commercially available coatings in the most demanding heavy-duty applications.

PVD Coating Options:

CeraTough®-0101 TiAlCN Titanium Aluminum Carbonitride
CeraTough®-0102 TiAlN Titanium Aluminum Nitride
CeraTough®-0103 TiAlN/TiSiN Titanium Aluminum Nitride/Titanium Silicon Nitride
CeraTough®-0104 TiAlSiN Titanium Aluminum Silicon Nitride
CeraTough®-0105 TiAlVN Titanium Aluminum Vanadium Nitride
CeraTough®-0106 TiCN Titanium Carbonitride
CeraTough®-0107 TiN Titanium Nitride
CeraTough®-0108 TiSiVN Titanium Silicon Vanadium Nitride
CeraTough®-0201 AlCrN Aluminum Chromium Nitride
CeraTough®-0202 AlCrTiSiN Aluminum Chromium Titanium Silicon Nitride
CeraTough®-0203 AlCrVN Aluminum Chromium Vanadium Nitride
CeraTough®-0301 ZrN Zirconium Nitride
CeraTough®-0401 VCN Vanadium Carbonitride
CeraTough®-0402 VTiSiCN Vanadium Titanium Silicon Carbonitride
CeraTough®-0501 CrCN Chromium Carbonitride
CeraTough®-0502 CrN Chromium Nitride

PVD Characteristics:

  • High hardness
  • Low coefficient of friction (as low as 0.4)
  • High corrosion resistance
  • Great adhesion to substrate material
  • Fretting resistance
  • Adhesive wear resistance
  • Self-lubrication in dry wear conditions
  • Excellent release properties
  • Excellent surface finish, will mirror that of the substrate

PVD Application Methods:

  • Cathodic Arc Physical Vapor Deposition (CAPVD)
  • Magnetron Sputtering Physical Vapor Deposition (MSPVD)

Size Capabilities:

  • CAPVD systems have a 3,000 lb. weight limit and can accommodate parts that fit into a 40" dia. and up to 45” high
  • MSPVD systems have a 2,000 lb. weight limit and can accommodate parts 30" in diameter and 40" tall

Common Applications:

  • Cutting tools for aluminum, aluminum-silicon alloys, powder metallurgy alloys
  • Tools for metal forming and blanking
  • Plastic molds and extrusion components for abrasion and corrosion resistance
  • Hydraulic components – cylinders, pistons, gear pumps
  • Valve components – balls, gates, seats, actuators, housings
  • Automotive components – crank shafts, cam shafts, gears, bearings, piston rings, tappets, wrist pins, fuel injectors
  • Pump components – impellers, diffusers, rotors
  • Mechanical seals
  • Large stamping, forging, die-casting, plastics, rubber, extrusion and cutting tools and machinery