Wear Resistant PVD Coating & Finish

Why Choose PVD Coatings?

Cutting tools such as end-mills, drills, taps, inserts, and punches all benefit from being coated with wear-resistant PVD coating. Even if the cutting tools are produced from tungsten carbide. The PVD coating is even harder than carbide! They also create a low friction surface. These properties combine to increase the useful life of cutting tools through PVD treatment. In fact, many other types of parts that are subject to heavy wear will benefit from these same PVD plated finishes. Examples such as engine components, gears, razor blades, bearings, dies, PVD gun finishes, and PVD coating stainless steel are coated daily at VTI.

PVD Finish Wear Resistant Drill Mills
PVD Coating Wear Resistant Cutting Tools

The Advantages of PVD Wear Resistant Coatings:

Dramatic Improvement in Tool Life
Minimal Dimensional Changes
Low Maintenance
Higher Speeds & Feeds
Protects Against Corrosion
Strip & Recoat Multiple Times
Resistant to Chemicals
Environmentally Safe
High Heat Resistance
Reduced Friction
Uniform Coating
Decorative Colors
Low Coating Temperature for Sensitive Parts
Excellent Adhesion



CatArc® TiN CatArc® ZrN CatArc® TiCN CatArc® CrN CatArc® AlTiN CatArc® Black Cat Sputtered TiAlN
Coating Material Titanium Nitride Zirconium Nitride Titanium Carbonitride Chromium Nitride Aluminum Titanium Nitride Aluminum Titanium Chromium Carbonitride Titanium Aluminum Nitride
Micro Hardness (Vickers) 2800 2450 3200 2250 3400 3500 3600
Coefficient of Friction .4 –.5 .50 .40 .3 –.5 .40 .40 –.45 .45
Temperature Stability 500 °C (932 °F) 565 °C (1049 °F) 400 °C (752 °F) 700 °C (1292 °F) 900 °C (1652 °F) 926 °C (1700 °F) 800 °C (1472 °F)
Standard Thickness in Microns 1.0 – 2.0 1.0 – 2.0 1.0 – 2.0 1.0 – 2.0 2.0 – 4.0 2.0 – 5.0 2.0 – 5.0
Application Range in Microns 1.0 – 5.0 1.0 – 5.0 1.0 – 5.0 1.0 – 5.0 2.0 – 4.0 2.0 – 5.0 2.0 – 5.0
Color gold pale gold dark gray silver-gray gray-black black gray
Description Low deposition temperature of 400°F makesit ideal for temperature sensitive tool steels. Ideal for most general purpose machining, medical tools, injection molding and moderate forming applications. Low deposition temperature of 400°F makesit ideal for temperature sensitive substrates. Attractive light gold color and is used in wearresistant decorative applications and medical tools. Due to its high lubricity, it is a good candidate for machining nonferrous metals such as titanium, brass, copper and aluminum. Hard general purpose coating deposited using our patented switched cathodic arc process. TiCN is harder than TiN and is well suited for medium severity cutting applications, primarily interrupted cutting. Tough lubricious coating deposited using our patented switched cathodic arc process. The very low deposition temperature of 400°F makes it ideal for temperature sensitive materials. CrN is an extremely tough coating and is ideal for metalforming/stamping and similar applications. Super-hard coating with high temperature resistance developed specifically for dry machining applications. Breakthrough PVD coating engineered for today's high velocity projectile delivery systems. It not only has corrosion shield but also thermal stability. Critical protection of high precision, specialty weapons and accessories. Non reflective, optimum wear resistance and lubricity Hard and abrasion resistant coating with high temperature resistance developed specifically for high speed and dry machining applications. It is recommended for the machining of work hardening stainless steels, cast iron and hardened die steels up to approximately 60 HRc.

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Where Quality Matters Most

The quality of the services and products we provide at our PVD coating company is always of the utmost importance to our staff. That is why we inspect all orders upon their receipt, test them multiple times throughout the coating process, and inspect them again before shipping them back out to you. Some of the most common tests we perform include Rockwell adhesion, plus calotest and x-ray fluorescence for thickness. Witness pieces are included in every batch and retained for as long as our customers require. Our mission is to provide unparalleled service, quality, and value in coating technology.

PVD Coating FAQ

What temperatures do my parts see during processing?

The CatArc coatings can be deposited as low as 400°F, but the higher the temperature the better the adhesion and performance. Sputtered coatings are done at 950°F.

Which coatings should I specify for my machining application?

What are your most frequently run coatings?

CrN, AlTiN, and TiN are all run daily.

What is your typical turnaround time?

Three to five business days are standard. Expedited delivery is available on request.
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