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Thin Films, Coatings, and Surface Treatments

Thin Film and Coatings

Thin films, coatings, and surface treatments cover a wide range of industries and applications from medical device coatings to semiconductor to food packaging. In each of these applications a product is modified by applying a coating to improve the final characteristics of that product. It may be to improve the wear resistance of a cutting tool, scratch resistance of glass, thermal properties on sheet glass, aesthetics on home fixtures, or jewelry, or to deliver the desired reflective/refractive properties in a fiber optic cable. Whether by chemical vapor deposition (CVD), physical vapor deposition (PVD), plasma enhanced coating processes, thermal/flame spray coating or some other technique, this is often the final step in the manufacturing process so it is critical that this be done quickly, accurately and consistently for maximum yield and throughput.

Examples of applications:

  • Solar Cell
  • Glass Coatings
  • Semiconductor Device (Chip) Research & Production
  • Optical Fiber Research & Production
  • Metal Coatings
  • Medical Device Coatings
  • Battery Research & Production
  • Lab Grown Diamonds
  • LED / Lighting Production
  • Food Packaging
  • Fabrics & Textiles
  • Optical Coatings
  • Decorative Coatings
  • Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing)


Lab Grown Diamond Manufacturers Increase Yields, Reduce Process Time with Stable Gas Flow Delivery and Accurate Pressure Control

Natural diamonds are formed deep within the Earth when carbon atoms crystallise under intense heat and pressure. Some stones take shape in a matter of weeks or months, while others take billions of years to materialise. With recent advances in chemical science, several process technologies can now replicate the synthesis of diamonds in a controlled reactor or lab environment in just four weeks.


Glass Coating Manufacturers Increase Productivity with Stable, Reliable Gas Flow Delivery and Low-pressure Control

Low emissivity (low-e) glass coatings are used on architectural glass worldwide to improve energy efficiency and help lower the carbon footprint of a building. A highly automated process produces and applies the coatings to the glass, which relies on consistent, accurate, and stable gas flow and vacuum control.


Titanium Nitride Coating Using CVD Process

Coatings are often applied to metal parts like drill bits, cutting tools, knives, gears and bearings to improve wear resistance and extend the life of the product.