In a plasma discharge, gases and vapors are excited, dissociated and ionized. The resulting particles form the desired coatings on the components and tools. Diverse possibilities for the influencing of the property-determining parameters enable the deposition of widely differing functional coatings - in a process that is simultaneously both economical and easily manageable. Plasma activated chemical vapor deposition (PACVD) is a technology which has been intensively applied at the Fraunhofer IST for decades.
PACVD coating technology can be beneficially applied in many fields. Applications in mobility, production, process engineering, pharmaceuticals, food processing and numerous other areas benefit from the diverse property profiles of the produced coatings. They fulfill tasks from wear protection and friction reduction, through the configuration of optimum adhesion and stipulated electrical properties, and on to optical and decorative requirements. At the Fraunhofer IST, we conduct research into these tasks – from the fundamental aspects all the way through to industrial suitability and serviceability.
The Fraunhofer IST has a number of PACVD coating facilities at its disposal. A multitude of component sizes, shapes and materials can be provided with a widely varying range of coating systems. Both experimental coatings on a laboratory scale and sample coatings for specific applications and industrial use can be produced.