BlackCat™ Tactical Coating Passes Abrasion Testing Hands Down

Did you ever wonder how durable VTI’s BlackCat™ Tactical Coating is?  To answer this question, we conducted a series of abrasion tests and wanted to share the results.

Using a Model 670 HD Crockmaster, the tests were conducted with lateral abrading 100mm repetitive dual action, equivalent to “one stroke”.  One pound (454 grams) was distributed to a 10 mm stylus.  The test samples included the following three materials:  Genuine Leather and Cordura, both common materials used for holsters, and 7448 3M Scotch-Brite pads, a strong abrasive material.

When testing Genuine Leather, after 35,000 strokes the leather used in the experiment was destroyed, yet the BlackCat™ coating was not worn.

Cordura was tested next with 10,000 strokes.  The repetition tended to polish the coating leaving a polish mark, but did not break through BlackCat™ Tactical Coating.

Finally, a strong abrasive test was conducted utilizing a Scotch-Brite pad.  The test consisted of 5,000 strokes.  Like Cordura, the test sample displayed a polished mark, but the coating was unharmed.

BlackCat™ Tactical Coating is ideal for applications including firearms, scopes and optics, knives and cutting tools, archery equipment, and tactical lights.

For more information about our PVD coatings and other high-quality provducts , contact us today at

Vergason Technology, Inc. Offers EMI/RFI/ESD Shielding Services and Equipment

Vacuum Metalizing EquipmentElectronic shielding applications are growing with the expanded use of plastic housings due to the required cost and weight reductions of metal counterparts.  Complex shapes can be coated by physical vapor deposition (PVD) using magnetron sputtering, yielding increases of coating adhesion and offering a wider variety of materials that can be deposited over coatings.  Traditionally, these coatings have been deposited using thermal evaporation.  With PVD, films greater than one micron thick can be deposited uniformly by utilizing planetary rotation.  Complex masking can be accomplished with multiple techniques including laser cutting, additive manufacturing and injection molded fixtures. Key to a successful product deployment is to involve your PVD partner early in the product design to simplify the coating masks and reduce part handling during the coating process, which can reduce the coating costs and improve the shielding coating performance.

EMI shielding is most commonly used in electronic devices in the automotive and health care industries, mobile devices, and for military hardware and avionics.

Vergason Technology, Inc., provider of quality metalizing services, as well as vacuum metalizing equipment, is happy to provide you with additional information regarding this shielding, as well our many other products and services.

Vergason Technology Inc.’s Press-Side® 38 Selected for Medical Shielding Application

Metal Coating EquipmentA leading international medical component manufacturer recently purchased VTI’s new Press-Side®38 Rapid Cycle Metallizing System to apply a physical vapor deposition (PVD) coating for a challenging shielding application.  VTI worked closely with the customer to identify the coating specifications, design a customized metallizing system with proper masking to meet the requirements, and develop the shielding and coating process.

VTI’s new Press-Side®38 Rapid Cycle Metallizing System is similar to the Press-Side® 4000SL in footprint and operation, but has increased capacity and throughput by as much as 35%.

Vergason’s custom-built coating systems are capable of applying any alloy or metal (including aluminum, copper, stainless steel, and nickel) in a single or multiple layers, meeting the requirements of even the most demanding shielding project.

Our business is one of the global performance leaders in press-side rapid cycle metallizing equipment. When it comes to the best metal coating equipment, you can trust Vergason Technology, Inc., to provide you with only the best selections available.

VTI Certified to the new ISO 9001:2015 Standard

PVD Technology | Vergason.comVergason Technology, Inc. was recently awarded certification to the new ISO 9001:2015 standard.  ISO (the International Organization for Standardization) is a worldwide federation of national standards that provides a quality management system standard to help organizations improve overall performance and provide a sound basis for sustainable development initiatives. The quality management principles encompassed in the certification include customer focus, leadership, engagement of people, process approach, improvement, evidence-based decision making, and relationship management.

The certification process required several months of preparation, by Dan Van Allen Quality Coordinator, and his team, involving each of the principles. In preparing for the audit, the team worked with an outside consultant, who provided guidance for meeting the new standard. The focus of the 2015 standard is heavily weighted on risk assessment. The team looked at key internal and external stakeholders and identified risks that the company faces and how they can be either eliminated, minimized or addressed. The goal is to identify how the problem can be prevented as opposed to using corrective action after a problem has occurred. The new standard also emphasizes management involvement and management driven standards to address risks and opportunities.

Mark Fitch, President, recalls when VTI first achieved ISO 9001 certification in 2005. “Our customer base is quite diverse, and maintaining our registration provides a common quality standard that is recognized by all our customers…whether they are in automotive, medical, defense, electronics, or consumer products. The most recent 2015 standard focusses less on operating procedures and more on business strategy and risk mitigation. In many ways, the new standard brings more value to the corporation than the old one.”

Contact us today to learn more about our PVD technology.

Vergason Technology, Inc. to Exhibit at PlastecEast in NYC

PVD Coatings | Vergason.comVergason Technology, Inc., will be showcasing our high-end PVD equipment, metallizing services and wear coating services at the upcoming PlastecEast Expo and Conference, June 13-15, at the Javits Convention Center in NYC. Whether you are interested in checking out our newest coatings and equipment, networking, sourcing or attending one of the many seminars, be sure to stop by and see us at booth #538.

This year’s event will spotlight 3-D printing and smart manufacturing.  There will be a dedicated 3D Printing Zone, and the latest robots and robotics will on display.  PLASTEC East runs in conjunction with five additional advanced design and manufacturing trade events, giving you access to a full spectrum of solutions in one end-to-end experience. Meet today’s top suppliers in packaging, automation, plastics, quality, and med tech while testing the cutting-edge technologies that bring you high efficiency at a lower cost.

Vergason Technology, Inc. will feature SuperChrome™ PVD Coating.  This truly unique chrome replacement coating does not require a topcoat, setting it apart from other traditional coatings. Yet, it has all of the benefits of standard decorative chrome plating without the harmful hexavalent chromium compounds.

In addition to SuperChrome™, we will also be featuring our NexSteel™ Decorative Coating. This product looks and feels like brushed stainless steel, but it is actually a thin film layer of stainless steel that is applied to a textured plastic finish. It gives you the look and feel of textured stainless steel without the cost.

Come to PlastecEast, meet our team, and learn more about our PVD coatings!

Vergason Technology, Inc. SuperChrome® Update

The first SC660 SuperChrome® System, recently sold to a Tier 2 European automotive customer, has been installed and is fully operational. The SC660 system features a large coating zone, (660mm diameter by 1220mm tall) and is designed to integrate with VTI’s SuperChrome® PVD Coating, a new coating that offers all of the benefits of decorative chrome plating without the harmful hexavalent chromium (CR +6) compounds.  SuperChrome® has a rich chrome appearance and does not require a top coat.  It has met or exceeded the demands of the interior and exterior automotive standards in Europe, while significantly outperforming traditional chrome plating in the Russian Mud Test.

Dr. Michael Brazil at SVC Techon 2017

Dr. Michael Brazil to discuss Reactive Magnetron Sputtering at SVC TECHCON 2017

Michael Brazil, PhD, Senior Scientist at Vergason Technology, Inc. will be presenting a paper on “Reactive Magnetron Sputtered ZrCN Decorative Films for Plastic Substrates”.  Dr. Brazil will report experimental results of depositing ZrCN from a magnetron sputtering system without substrate bias, and staying within the thermal limits of a plastic substrate.  He will share his findings on the relationship between color and abrasion resistance, especially for dark reflection levels.

You can hear Dr. Brazil’s presentation on Monday, May 1, 2017 @ 3:20pm.

VTI Participates in Career Day

Vergason Technology, Inc. was one of 17 local businesses to participate in the 2017 Career Day, sponsored by the Career Development Council and Spencer-Van Etten Middle School.  The event was held on March 9 at the Spencer-Van Etten Middle School, in Spencer, NY.

Susan Mitchell, Key Account Manager, represented VTI and spoke to students about her career in the field of sales and marketing.  She shared her responsibilities, what a typical day would look like, her background and provided students with tips and suggestions for what they can start doing now.  She strongly encouraged students to get involved in activities in areas of special interest, and to learn more about careers that they may be interested in.

VTI Exhibits at PlastecWest

The Vergason Technology, Inc. team is excited to be traveling to various convention and trade shows this season to showcase our high-quality and innovative technologies. One stop we’ll be making is at North America’s largest annual design and manufacturing event, PlastecWest.

Built for the industry by the industry, PlastecWest can help connect you with 20,000 engineers and executives in the design and manufacturing industry who are all looking to learn more about advancing technologies. The content is delivered in numerous formats like presentations, panels, debates, and case studies. This event will be held from February 7th to 9th at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.

As a leading provider of vacuum metalizing and paint services, process development, and PVD metalizing equipment, Vergason Technology Inc. will be exhibiting our various products and technologies. Some of these products include EMI & RFI shielding coatings, medical coatings, SuperChrome™ PVD coating, vacuum metalizing & paint services, and NexSteel™ decorative coating.

Whether you’re interested in our specific products or are just part of the industry and interested in learning about advancing technologies, visit our exhibit at PlastecWest. Come to the expo, meet our team, and learn more about our fantastic PVD coatings and other services!

(Check out the below invitation for complimentary admission using our promo code!)

plastecwest admission pass

Mercedes-Benz Gives VTI Full Concept S1 Approval

Vergason Technology, Inc., (VTI) Company News:

Mercedes-Benz Gives VTI Full Concept S1 Approval

Daimler Group, one of the biggest producers of premium cars including Mercedes Benz, recently awarded VTI Full Concept Approval (S1) for SuperChrome™ PVD coating on exterior automotive trim components.

S1 approval indicates that the coating has passed an extensive battery of laboratory tests, and is now approved for on-car real-world testing.

Subsequent approvals including S2 and S3 are required before serial production can begin and are currently underway in Europe.

Read More about SuperChrome!