Balzers, Liechtenstein, 16 November 2017 – Oerlikon Balzers has been awarded the A3TS Innovation Award 2017 at the Vacuum Technologies and Materials Treatment Exhibition (SVTM) in Nice, France, for the MoN-surface solution for the automotive market, BALIFOR M.
Oerlikon Balzers presented BALIFOR M in one of their two key notes about solutions for the automotive industry, going on to win the prize due to the innovational impact of the surface solution.
The automotive industry is constantly challenged by legal, environmental, political and social expectations, which have to be fulfilled within the industrial process at financially tolerable conditions. With this challenge, the automotive manufacturers and their suppliers constantly push the boundaries of up-to-date technologies, searching for newer, better solutions. Oerlikon Balzers collaborates with the manufacturers and their suppliers in the development of new solutions and processes.
Where stable conditions in tribological contacts under high loads at high temperatures are required, the stability of carbon-based coatings ends: at approximately 350° C, under high loads, even at 250° C.
BALIFOR M guarantees the best protection of both friction partners at high temperatures of up to 800° C, and has an excellent compatibility with aggressive lubricants and additives“.
“Our test results with customers prove the excellent performance of BALIFOR M when it comes to piston pins, exhaust tract applications or Cam-followers. We are very proud about the award, as it proves once again that we can cooperate with our customers and deliver innovative solutions that help them overcome their challenges,” says Jochen Weyandt, Head of Automotive Solutions at Oerlikon Balzers. “We are constantly developing new solutions to support our customers – and they find out more and more that surface solutions are key when friction is the point.”