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Plasma nitriding and PVD/PACVD coating: a powerful combination
Forming operations are highly prone to wear, abrasion, adhesion, surface breakdown and tribo-chemical reactions. That is why the forming industry uses surface treatments and coatings to extend the lifetime of forming tools and increase their performance. For this sector, Ionbond offers duplex coating solutions, which gives excellent results for forming tools. These , consists of a plasma nitriding step followed by a physical vapor deposition (PVD) or plasma-assisted chemical vapor deposition (PACVD) coating.
The benefits of Nitriding
Nitriding is a process to create a hard surface with a high resistance to abrasive wear and thermo-mechanical fatigue. It is a low-cost, thermomechanical diffusion processes that can be done at temperatures low enough to not require heat treatment afterwards. During the nitriding process, the surface layer of a tool becomes enriched with nitrogen. In principle, all steels and cast irons can be nitrided, although the presence of nitride-forming alloying elements such as chromium (Cr), molybdenum (Mo), aluminum (Al) and vanadium (V) creates better results.
The nitrided surface layer, which grows into the base material, consists of two main areas: the compound layer and the diffusion zone. These layers have different properties, which are also dependent on the alloying elements, which means that nitriding has a wide range of applications.Contact us
Plasma nitriding is a nitriding method with high reproducibility and close tolerances in the treatment result. It is also more environmentally friendly than the traditional gas nitriding. Due to the precise process control, plasma nitriding can achieve a lower surface roughness than alternative technologies such as bath and powder nitriding. Optimized process control can also reduce the thickness of the compound layer, which has low adhesion.