CatArc® 2500

Experience Switched Arc Technology in PVD Tribological Coating
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Revolutionary Simplicity

VTI introduces the CatArc ® 2500.

With two vertically adjustable coating zones, this system uses two VTI-patented switched-arc 2” X 10” (51mm x 254mm) cathodes.

CatArc 2500 PVD Coating System

Product Description

The CatArc® 2500 is an affordable alternative to outsourcing your Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) coatings. VTI delivered the first rapid cycle coating system in 1989, forging the genre of Lean PVD processing equipment. By minimizing work-in-process and maximizing continuous product flow, VTI improves quality, cost efficiencies and proves that bigger is not always better. This is exactly what the CatArc® 2500 PVD Coating System delivers. Due to differences in part design, geometry, orientation, and thermal properties, large batches can present serious challenges to operating an efficient coating line. Our innovative combination of rapid cycles and small batch sizes has created a revolutionary solution for coating and optimization. The modular design allows us to configure the CatArc® 2500 to meet your requirements. The CatArc® 2500 takes up less than 45 square feet of floor space (4 square meters), making it ideal for small manufacturing areas. Best of all, aggressive pricing enables more users to enjoy the benefits of equipment ownership. Many companies that previously could not justify the high capital investment for competing systems can now bring PVD coatings in-house.

Special Features

Rapid Cycle with Dry Pumping

Fast pumping cycles utilize the industry’s finest Edwards Dry Star rotary screw and Agilent turbomolecular pumping packages.

Compact Footprint

Largest coating zone with the smallest foot print of any industrial PVD coating system on the market today

Modular Design

Custom configurations are easily accommodated through our modular design approach. We can design the system to match your process, and assist with integration into your production facility.

Total Integration

Complete process includes installation, operator training, process engineer training, fixturing assistance, internet based service access, troubleshooting, and fast on-site assistance.

Simple Chamber Layout
Simple Chamber Layout

Easy access to sources, tooling, and rotary feed-through assembly

Turbomolecular Pump
turbomolecular Pump

High efficiency vacuum pumping system with optional gate valve

Infrared Pyrometer
Infrared Pyrometer
Optical temperature monitoring and control


Engineered Integrity

Your company, technicians, engineers, and customers can rely on the CatArc® 2500 for years of reliable service.

Minimized Down-Time

User-focused design provides easy access to all components, minimizing down time for routine maintenance.

CatArc 2500 PVD Benefits
Streamlined Efficiency

Smaller batches and rapid cycles allow more runs per day. This in turn makes it easier to optimize batch loading for each type of part.

Environmentally Friendly
PVD systems are the most “green” of the performance coating technologies. There are virtually no effluents or hazardous waste created.
Smoother Films

Switched-arc sources deposit smoother films than conventional arc coatings due to the reduction of macro-particle inclusions.

Technical Specifications

  • Stainless steel chamber, with fast-change removable liners
  • Approximate chamber size 28” (711mm) x 28” (711mm) x 28” (711mm)
  • Coating zone: 16-inches (406mm) diameter by 20-inches (508mm) high
  • Edwards Dry Star rotary screw roughing pump
  • Agilent turbomolecular pump
  • 4 kW electric substrate heaters thermocouple controlled VAT vacuum valves
  • MKS mass flow controllers and capacitance manometer
  • Advanced Energy Solvix LF10 substrate bias power supply
  • IGBT switched CatArc® sources
  • Ferrofluidic rotary substrate rotation and view port shutters
  • Ircon Modline 5 substrate temperature monitor
  • Windows-based operator interface with PLC controlled process in multiple operator languages
  • Fixturing design support
  • Internet-equipped

Utility Requirements

480 VAC, 100 AMP, 3 Phase, 60 Hz
Compressed Air:
75 PSIG @ 6 CFM (5.2 bar @ 170 LPM)
Cooling Water:
60-70°F (16-22°C) non condensing
45 PSI (3.1 bar) inlet, maximum
15 gpm (57 lpm) outlet, maximum
Non-condensing, minimum pressure differential input vs output of 20 psi (1.4 bar)
Optional stand alone chiller

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