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Why PVD is Dominating the Coating Industry

PVD is commonly used in a variety of today’s industries.

With the numerous amounts of PVD coating equipment available on the market, it’s safe to say that physical vapor deposition is the way to go in terms of coating methods.

PVD is a More Stable Option

One of the more household uses of PVD has to do with the timepiece that you have on your wrist right now. The reason why physical vapor deposition is the preferred method is because of its solid hold on the metal compound. Old techniques, like powder coating proved to only be a temporary solution as continuous contact with it will result in it rubbing off.

Additionally, the deposition process is extremely flexible, which is one of the main reasons why so many industries are taking advantage of this technology presently. Another example that you might not be aware of are the transmission gears and engine parts in racing cars. Because of the reduced friction wear, PVD is has been known to increase the reliability of engines – think about it, over 10,000 RPM’s would require a drastic reduction in friction. This resilience is coveted by high-powered car manufacturers.

The Application of PVD

The application of PVD works in a similar fashion as electroplating would. If you aren’t familiar with electroplating, it essentially involves an electric current as the primary deposition factor. There are plenty of methods for PVD, it honestly depends on the industry. Vacuum coating systems, for example, are used more commonly for watches due to its air tight environment and application necessitates.


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