Process chains and systems for components and tools

A variety of surface topographies and adhesive layers from the process chain.
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A variety of surface topographies and adhesive layers from the process chain.

Process chains and systems analysis for tools and components 

The surface properties of tools and components are decisive for their tribological effect. An increase in service life and sustainability can be achieved through consideration of the process chain and the system properties. Important influencing variables for the function and for an application-optimized design of surface treatments and coatings include, in particular, the load spectrum in the application, as well as the material, manufacturing process, surface topography, pre-treatment and post-treatment, cleaning process, etc. 

Load-optimized surfaces for customer-specific applications  

You can benefit from our expertise in the areas of coating production, quality assurance and coating application as well as wear and function assessment for tools and components. A broad spectrum of coating classes and edge-zone and surface modifications can be realized. Surface design can be supported by laboratory experiments and specific model tests. Through inclusion of the tribological system, the application profile and the entire process chain in the coating design, load-optimized surfaces in customer-specific applications are possible. 

Process chain of surface technology: Ground, blasted, polished and coated steel sheets (from left to right).
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Process chain of surface technology: Steel sheets ground, blasted, polished and coated (from left to right).
Ground steel sheet surface.
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Ground steel sheet surface.
Sheet steel surface polished and hard coated.
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Sheet steel surface polished and hard coated.