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Graphic element New ceramic coatings for cutting and forming tools
     
 
New Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD) techniques were developed for depositing ceramic coatings, in particular TiAlN, to be used for cutting and forming tools.
 

Modern high-tech coating processes reduce the cost and increase the durability of many important items like CD-ROMs, human implants and automobile components. Similar processes can extend the life of industrial tools and reduce waste in the form of rejected pieces.

This project was aimed at the development of new ceramic coatings, in particular TiAlN, to be used for cutting and forming tools. New Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD) techniques were developed for depositing such coatings on tools and other targets. Tools coated by this new technique show significantly increased performance, in terms of cutting speed and tool life, leading to technical and economic advantages, particularly in high speed cutting operations.

Starting from annual sales of about half a million euro, prime partner HAUZER has increased its PVD job coating sales fivefold and is now one of the major PVD job coating companies in Europe. Partners say that without Brite-Euram funding the project would have taken much longer and might have failed altogether.

Cordis RCN: 6375
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