The latest hybrid technology from Oerlikon Balzers, a combination of APA Arc and HIPIMS/HIPAC, has paved the way for some of the most innovative coating technology approaches.
Three high ionization processes: HI3
Combining arc and sputtering methods did not create any noteworthy benefits in the past, because of the different characteristics of these two procedures.
Now, the development of the HIPIMS/HIPAC module has made it possible to combine three high ionization processes to create the innovative HI3 (High Ionization Triple) technology, which is suited to industrial scale production:
- AEGD: a plasma etching process for good coating adhesion
- HIPIMS/HIPAC: a highly ionized sputter process
- APA arc: a highly ionized arc process
Highest potential for future coatings
Process and material combinations that allow entirely new development trends in high performance coating can now be used for the first time. The combination of high-ionization sputter and high-ionization arc processes makes previously unrealizable layer architectures possible.
Until now, many alloys could only be partially deposited using the arc process alone. Combination with the HIPAC process enables a considerably larger spectrum of materials, such as SiB (silicon-boron), B4C (boron carbide), and others, to be evaporated. This has opened up entirely new opportunities in layer design for those with expertise in both technological areas.
New high performance coatings can be optimally tailored to each specific application by micro alloying, doping and layer architecture.
The METAPLAS.DOMINO system was developed using knowledge gained from more than 30 years of tool manufacturing experience.