BALINIT ATitanium nitride from the start – The world’s first wear protective PVD coating

BALINIT A-coated tap
Food-safe and often used for medical instruments
Decorative gold-yellow finish

It all began with titanium nitride. BALINIT® A moreover continues to be a versatile wear protection coating that provides effective reduction of abrasive and adhesive wear in many varied applications.

It is also applied decoratively or as a wear indicator, or used for special applications as low-temperature coating BALINIT® A ARCTIC at temperatures up to 200 °C.

Initial trials of TiN-coated forming tools in 1977 were very successful: service life was increased by a factor of 4. Development and marketing of PVD hard coatings for tools was given the official go-ahead one year later on 1 September  1978. 

  • Specifications


    Coating material TiN
    Coating structure Arc
    Coating colour gold-yellow
    Coating hardness HIT[GPa]* 30 +/- 3
    Coefficient of friction (dry) vs. steel** ~0.6
    Intrinsic stress [GPa]*** -2 +/-1
    Max. service temp. [°C]**** 600
    Coating temperature [°C] < 500
    General remark All given data are approximate values, they depend on application, environment and test condition.
    *Coating hardness HIT[GPa] Measured by nano indentation according to ISO 14577. For multilayers the hardness of the different layers varies.
    **Coefficient of friction (dry) vs. steel Determined by ball-on-disc test in dry condition with an Steel ball according to ASTM G99. During run-in the given values may be exceeded.
    ***Intrinsic stress [GPa] Measured by XRD and/or bending method (Stoney equation). The calculated thermal stress has been substracted.
    ****Max. service temp. [°C] These are approximate values out of the field. Due to thermodynamic laws there is a dependency of pressure in application.
  • Applications

    Recommended applications

    Tools applications

    • Cutting Cutting

      Oerlikon Balzers drives your cutting tools forward

    • Plastics processing Plastics processing

      The benchmark for injection moulding and extrusion


    Components applications

    • Blenders & Mixers Blenders & Mixers Details
    • Cereal punching Cereal punching Details
    • Aerospace compressors Aerospace compressors

      Oerlikon Balzers PVD coatings protect compressor blades against erosion and corrosion. This improves fuel efficiency and maintains the surface finish of the blades.

    • Electrical clippers & shavers Electrical clippers & shavers Details
    • Engine pylons Engine pylons Details
    • Gas Turbine Compressors Gas Turbine Compressors Details
    • Hydraulic systems Hydraulic systems Details
    • Landing gears Landing gears Details
    • Semiconductor wafer transfer mechanisms Semiconductor wafer transfer mechanisms Details
    • Semiconductor wafer, chucks and pedestals Semiconductor wafer, chucks and pedestals Details
    • Semiconductors backend applications Semiconductors backend applications Details
    • Valve plates and Valve stems Valve plates and Valve stems Details
  • Alternative products

    Alternative products


      Hard as metal – smooth as carbon


      Significantly harder with undiminished corrosion resistance

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