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BALITHERM PPD Pulsed-Plasma Diffusion: the future-oriented surface treatment

Automotive stamping die
Automotive stamping die undergoing PPDTM treatment.
Pulsed-Plasma Diffusion: the future-oriented surface treatment
Pulsed-Plasma Diffusion: the future-oriented surface treatment

Hard chrome-plating was the automotive industry's method of choice for wear protection treatment of large moulds. Oerlikon Balzers’ BALITHERM® PPD (Pulsed-Plasma Diffusion) sets a new industry standard for efficient and environmentally-friendly wear protection. PPD® technology uses no hazardous gases or chemicals - just hydrogen, nitrogen and electricity.

Whereas up to ten cycles of hard chrome plating are required, for example, during the lifetime of car body parts tools (each time using harmful chemicals), with BALITHERM® PPD they need only be treated once!

The industry’s largest tools can be accommodated by the INAURA system with its 33 x 10 feet (10 x 3 meter) chamber and 40 metric ton load capacity. A fully automated process ensures consistent and controlled wear protection treatment.

  • Increased productivity and production reliability
  • Resource-saving
  • Includes cleaning of component surface
  • Combination of hydrogen, nitrogen and electric power
  • No toxic gases or chemicals used
Easy to maintain diffusion treatment Hard, wear resistant mould surface
Modification and repair of PPD™ treated surfaces possible
No toxic gases or chemicals used Environmentally-friendly technology
Highly automated process Efficient and energy saving process.
Significantly higher surface quality with less need for reworking
No time-consuming heat treatment of dirty or oily tools required
Significantly extended tool service life
Low-maintenance surface
Tools require only one PPD™ treatment throughout entire life
Reduced machine downtime and maintenance costs

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