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   Thin Film Processes       
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   Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD)       In chemical vapor deposition (CVD) processes, a precursor gas or mixture of gases is fed into a chamber and reacted with an energy source (usually heat) to form thin film coatings. CVD processes are useful in the deposition of dielectric films such as oxides and nitrides.  The energy or heat source may be a plasma, substrate induction, or resistance heater. 
   Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD)       Physical vapor deposition (PVD) processes form thin film layers through evaporation or sputtering (glow discharge processes) of atoms from a source and then condensing or depositing the material onto the surface, substrate, wafer or part. 
   Ion Implantation       In an ion implantation process, a highly accelerated beam of charged atoms (ions) is directed at a surface resulting in the capture of some of these atoms in the surface of the substrate or wafer.  In microelectronics, ion implantation is used to implant dopants such as silicon with boron (B), phosphorus (P), arsenic (As) or antimony (Sb).  A subsequent annealing treatment or thermal cycle is required to drive the implanted ions into the surface.  Ion implantation can also be used to form wear resistance layer 
   Plasma Etching / Cleaning       Plasma ashing, plasma cleaning, sputter etching, sputter precleaning or ion milling are processes that use plasma to remove layers of material from a substrate or wafer for cleaning purposes.  A clean, contamination-free surface is required for subsequent thin film deposition or wet processing. 
   Titanium Nitride Coating       Titanium nitride (TiN) is an extremely hard, thin film coating that is applied mostly to precision metal parts.  It is the most common hard coating in use today. TiN has an excellent combination of performance properties, attractive appearance, and safety (meets FDA requirements for surgical tools and implants as well as food contact applications).  
   Other       Other unlisted, specialized, or proprietary process type. 
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   Hard Coating / Treatment?       Thin film PVD or CVD applied coatings increase wear resistance and are characterized by a homogenous structure, extreme hardness at a range of 2000 to 3000 HV as well as brilliant colors and excellent adhesion of the coating to the substrate.  Nitride, diamond and diamond like coatings (DLC) are example of hard thin film coatings. Coatings or platings are deposited or formed or treatments applied to provide a higher hardness or abrasion resistance relative to the substrate, or compared to other similar coatings or finishes. Thin film related processes include hard coating, thin film PVD or CVD deposition and ion implantation. The higher hardness or wear resistance is attained through process and/or compositional changes.  By means of a hollow cathode evaporator and one or several ARC dischargers, thin coatings are applied to the substrate in a reactive, plasma supported process.  
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   Material Selection / Design Assistance?       Supplier has the capability to aid or optimize material or coating selection and/or assist in the design parameters to improve product performance in the field. 
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   Research & Development?       Supplier provides research and development services in the areas of coatings, treatments, liners, and other surface engineering related areas. 
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Materials
   Material / Substrate Capabilities       
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   Aluminum       A bluish silver-white malleable ductile light trivalent metallic element that has good electrical and thermal conductivity, high reflectivity, and resistance to oxidation. 
   Carbide       Carbides include silicon carbide, tungsten carbide and titanium carbide as well as other compounds of a metal (Ti, W, Cr, and Zr) or metalloid (B, Si) and carbon. Carbides have excellent wear resistance and high hot hardness. 
   Ceramic       Materials made of nonmetallic minerals, such as clay, that have been permanently hardened by firing at a high temperature. Most ceramics resist heat and chemicals. 
   Composites       Composite materials typically consist of a matrix and a dispersed, fibrous or continuous second phase.  The second phase may reinforce (strengthen or stiffen), alter electrical or magnetic properties or enhance wear or erosion resistance. 
   Copper / Copper Alloys       A common reddish metallic element that is ductile and malleable and is one of the best conductors of heat and electricity.  Copper alloys are specified for applications where superior corrosion resistance, electrical conductivity and good bearing surface qualities are desired.  All copper-base alloys are easily plated, brazed, soldered and machined. 
   Glass       Glass is a hard, brittle material consisting of a mixture of silicates that is usually transparent or translucent. It is considered to be a cooled liquid rather than a true solid. 
   Iron / Cast Iron       Iron is a heavy, malleable, ductile, magnetic, silver-white metallic element.  The term "cast iron" refers not to a single material, but to a family of materials whose major constituent is iron, with important trace amounts of carbon and silicon. Cast irons are natural composite materials whose properties are determined by their microstructures - the stable and metastable phases formed during solidification or subsequent heat treatment. The major microstructural constituents of cast irons are: the chemical and morphological forms taken by carbon, and the continuous metal matrix in which the carbon and/or carbide are dispersed. 
   Metal       Metals and alloys such as steel, copper, stainless steel as well as more exotic alloys such as titanium, zirconium, niobium, or palladium. 
   Nickel / Nickel Alloys       Nickel and nickel alloys such as such as Monel®, Kovar®, Invar®, Inconel®, Incoloy®, Hastelloy®, and others. Monel, Inconel and Incoloy are registered trademarks of Special Metals Corporation.  Kovar and Invar are registered trademarks of Carpenter Technology. Hastelloy is a registered trademark of Haynes International. 
   Precious Metals       Relatively scarce, highly corrosion resistant, valuable metals found in periods 5 and 6 of the periodic table. They include ruthenium, rhodium, palladium, silver, osmium, iridium, platinum, and gold. 
   Plastic       Any of numerous organic, synthetic, or processed materials that are mostly thermoplastic or thermosetting polymers of high molecular weight and that can be made into objects, films, or filaments. 
   Stainless Steel       Stainless steel is chemical and corrosion resistant and can have relatively high pressure ratings. 
   Steel / Steel Alloys       Steel is a commercial iron that contains carbon in any amount up to about 1.7 percent as an essential alloying constituent. It is malleable when under suitable conditions, and is distinguished from cast iron by its malleability and lower carbon content. 
   Titanium       Titanium is a hard, lustrous, silvery, element that is relatively abundant in the Earth's crust.  It is known for its lightness, strength, and corrosion resistance.  For this reason it is used widely in the aerospace industry and the medical fields (e.g., replacement joints).  When alloyed with other metals, especially steel, it adds strength and oxidation resistance. 
   Specialty / Other       Other, specialty, proprietary or unlisted material type. 
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Functional / Performance
           
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   Abrasion Resistant       The coating is resistant to damage by abrasion. 
   Antireflective       The coating has an anti-reflective property.  A special coating, applied to the substrate, designed to reduce glare. Anti-reflective coatings richer the color black by decreasing the amount of light reflected off the substrate by outside sources. 
   Chemical Resistant       Coatings resistant to damage by acids, alkalis, general chemicals and oils. 
   Conductive       The coating forms an electrically conductive layer on the substrate. 
   Dielectric       In general, any optical coating made from dielectric (nonconducting) materials. Specifically, high-reflection coatings made from a stack of alternate layers of high- and low-refractive-index material, with each layer in the stack having an optical thickness of a quarter wave at the design wavelength. 
   Corrosion / Rust Preventive       A type of coating that prevents rust by preventing moisture from reaching the metal or under lying substrate or by providing a sacrificial layer.  Resin based coatings are corrosion and chemically resistant and provide a barrier to protect the substrate.  Zinc or aluminum coatings provide a sacrificial layer that galvanicly protects the ferrous surface, even if the layer is breached in places.  Zinc phosphate, barium metaborate and strontium chromate (all pigments) are common ingredients in corrosion-inhibitive coatings. These pigments absorb any moisture that enters the coating film.  Lubricant, oil and grease coating provide a water repellent barrier, which inhibits corrosion. Rust preventative coatings are designed to minimize rust or iron alloy corrosion when applied directly to ferrous metal such as carbon or alloy steels. 
   Friction Reducing / Low Friction       A specialty coating applied to reduce friction between two materials. 
   Heat Resistant / High Temperature       The coating is resistant to damage by heat or the coating is formulated for use in high temperature environments. 
   Mold Release / Nonstick       Release and nonstick coatings are applied to a substrate to prevent materials from sticking.  Mold releases are applied to the surface of a mold or die cavity and allow the molded component to be easily ejected or removed. 
   Oil & Grease Resistant       Coatings resistant to degradation when in contact with oils, lubricants, grease and other petroleum fluids.  Oil repellent or oleophobic coatings are not wet by oils.  
   Reflective       Reflective coatings consist of mirror like deposits for reflectance of light. 
   Protective       Coatings for the protection of substrates. 
   Waterproof / Water Repellant       Exterior clear finishes that are specially formulated to cause water to bead up on the surface and minimize penetration of water into the substrate. 
   Wear / Erosion Resistant       The coating is resistant to wear or erosion. Wear is usually defined as wear produced from a sliding action between two or more components.  Erosion is damage or material removal as a result of particle or slurry impact against a surface. 
   Other       Other unlisted features. 
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Industry
   Industry       
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   Aerospace       The coating is formulated for use in the aerospace industry. 
   Automotive       The coating is formulated for use in the automotive industry. 
   Electronics       The coating is formulated for use in the electronics industry. 
   Energy / Utilities       The coating is formulated for use in the energy generation and transmission industry (i.e., utilities). 
   Food & Beverage       The coating is formulated for use in the food and beverage industry.  This includes not only food products but also packaging and products that come into contact with foods and beverages. 
   Government       The coating is formulated for use in the non-military government applications. 
   Machine Tools       Coatings designed for the machine tool industry. 
   Medical / Healthcare       The coating is formulated for use in the medical industry.  These coatings are often sanitary and pathogen and bacteria resistant. 
   Military Specification       The coating is formulated for use in military applications. 
   OEM / Industrial       The coating is formulated for use in industrial or OEM applications. Industrial coatings are high durability and high quality coatings design for heavy duty or highly specialized functions. 
   Other       Other unlisted industry. 
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Regional Preference
           
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   North America       Companies are located in the United States, Canada or Mexico. 
   United States Only       Companies are located in the United States. 
   Northeast US Only       Companies are located in the Northeast United States, namely Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. 
   Southern US Only       Companies are located in the Southern United States, namely Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C., and West Virginia. 
   Southwest US Only       Companies are located in the Southwest United States, namely Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. 
   Northwest US Only       Companies are located in the Northwest United States, namely Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. 
   Midwest US Only       Companies are located in the Midwest United States, namely Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. 
   Canada Only       Companies are located in Canada. 
   South / Central America Only       Companies have facilities in South American countries such as Argentina, Brazil, or Chile; or in Central American countries such as Costa Rica, Honduras, Panama, etc. 
   Europe Only       Companies are located in Europe, namely Germany, Ireland, Italy, United Kingdom, etc. 
   South Asia Only       Companies are located in South Asia, namely India, Pakistan, Nepal, etc. 
   Near East Only       Companies are located in the Near East, namely Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia, etc. 
   East Asia / Pacific Only       Companies are located in East Asia, namely China, Japan, Taiwan, etc. 
   Oceania Only       Companies are located in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and a large group of South Pacific islands that include Micronesia, Polynesia, Guam, Fiji, Tonga, etc.  
   Africa Only       Companies are located in sub-Saharan Africa. 
   Other       Other unlisted country or region. 
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