Spring 2012 Hauzer Techno Coating organized the conference ‘Environment Protection by Plasma Coating Technologies’, which attracted more than one hundred attendants.Feedback!
The Hauzer Metalliner, an inline coating production platform.
“As technology leader Hauzer wanted to bring together well-known experts in the field with interested people worldwide in order to make a step forward in our aim to help protect the environment by plasma coating technology,” Thomas Krug, CEO of Hauzer explains. The conference was followed by the launch of a new inline coating production platform, the Hauzer Metalliner.
“Plasma coating technologies can play an important role in environment protection,” Thomas Krug says. He adds: “Tribological coatings such as various Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) coatings can reduce friction and thus reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Each year a hundred million automotive parts are being coated in Hauzer equipment worldwide to help reduce these emissions”.
BMW set the tone by calling CO2 reduction the top challenge of the automotive industry. In their presentation BMW focused on coating solutions for the powertrain, whereas Schaeffler did the same thing for valve train. Both companies showed the potential to reduce friction by applying Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD) and Plasma Assisted Chemical Vapour Deposition (PACVD) coatings on their components.
Cathodes and Decorative Coatings
As the expert on design and production of coating sources, HVM Plasma gave a lecture on target cooling effects in high rate and high pulse sputtering, followed by Ionbond, who presented the audience with their experience with the Hauzer Flexicoat® 1500, a large industrial batch machine used for tribological and decorative coating purposes. Sidasa, the Spanish company that developed Cromatipic®, presented the latest results of this two-layer decorative coating process, which is qualified for many automotive applications. Cromatipic® will have the same levelling effect and glossy appearance that ‘electroplating on plastics’ has, whereas it is an environmentally friendly, dry process. Hauzer Techno Coating shared their knowledge in two presentations. The first one explained about doped DLC and doped hydrogen-free carbon coating, ta-C, which both show higher temperature stability (> 400ºC) than the normal DLC (limit around 300ºC) and excellent friction reduction properties. The second Hauzer presentation showed the features and benefits of the new inline coating production platform, the Hauzer Metalliner.
The Hauzer Metalliner is an inline solution, which can be integrated in a fully automated production plant with guaranteed traceability of products. The design of the machine is smart, enabling the use of multiple plasma coating technologies together in one Metalliner. Upgrades of technologies are afterwards always possible. The modular design makes it possible to expand the productivity even at a later time. Starting with five process chambers for example and growing to ten chambers when production needs to be scaled up. Furthermore, the inline solution is characterized by high uptime and low cost of ownership.
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