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
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.