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Understanding the Physical Vapor Deposition

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Whether you need metalized products for the automotive industry, packaging, lighting, glass, optics, aerospace, appliance manufacturing or numerous other industries, making sure that the products you need are coated using quality physical vapor deposition is an important factor in ensuring excellent results. A company like Vergason Technology, Inc. can offer the PVD technology you need as well as a variety of other quality vacuum metalizing services to ensure you get the required coating for your specific application.


How does the PVD or physical vapor deposition process work?

Some devices, such as the semiconductors used in the manufacture of solar panels as well as window tints and other products will require a thin film or coating to be applied to the product. The item being vacuum metalized is coated through a specialized process. This process begins by using heat or sputtering in order to vaporize the coating material. Once vaporized, this coating can then be deposited onto the product in a vacuum chamber.
Common coatings used in PVD include zirconium nitride, titanium aluminum nitride, chromium nitride or titanium nitride, but numerous other materials can be utilized. The type of coating used will depend on the requirements of the products and its end use. Everything from solar panels and automotive parts to balloons, cutting tools, molds and food storage bags can be processed using this method of physical vapor deposition.
Is PVD Right for All Coating Applications?
For many products, PVD offers an exceptional coating. This type of coating is typically harder than what is achieved through electroplating; however, there can also be circumstances, such as when line of site transfer is not conducive to this particular application method, when other coating methods might be preferable.
One of the great advantages of using physical vapor deposition is that numerous substrates can be used in this process. Additionally, just about any type of inorganic material as will as some organic materials, can be used in the PVD coating process. This allows PVD to be able to deliver a wide range of finishes to meet varying industrial and manufacturing needs.
The use of PVD for manufacturing purposes has provided an excellent way to achieve a variety of different types of coatings. Whether it’s a noncorrosive coating for aerospace applications or it’s the use of PVD for providing long term food storage solutions, many industries rely on PVD in order to provide a better end product to consumers or business customers.