Binary or ternary alloys are used for decoration and technical applications in industry. Intensive development work is currently being carried out subject to new demands regarding attribute profiles and bans on various substances. The advantage of alloy layers is that specific properties can be achieved by adjusting the composition of electrolyte solutions appropriately. This enables them to be implemented in a many different areas.
Composing alloy electrolytes is generally a highly complex task. To attain a consistent alloy composition, the electrolyte mixture also has to be prepared within a defined process window. When developing alloy layers, this makes it even more important to consider the industrial application and necessary process window right from the start. Without this, the process cannot be technically implemented.
Our current work focuses on developing alloy layers that are subjected to extremely high corrosive and tribological stress, such as layers for bearings in seawater power plants. To be able to use products in salt water, layers have to be applied uniformly and be completely free of defects. Such defects could be the result of contacting during the deposition process. We are currently designing a tool for plating the full surface of bearings in a seamless defect-free process.
An important aspect to consider when developing alloy layers is the versatility of the application. Due to the different alloy compositions that can be specifically generated and their respective attribute profiles, the areas of application of alloy layers are endless. Our experience in process development and in designing and planning electroplating systems enables us to develop alloy layers tailored exactly to your requirements.