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Enhancing product capabilities to improve performance

Companies across all industrial sectors count on Oerlikon advanced materials and functional coatings to improve performance, meet regulatory compliance or improve consumer goods.

Enhancing product capabilities to improve performance
Enhancing product capabilities to improve performance
Enhancing product capabilities to improve performance
Enhancing product capabilities to improve performance

Heavy machinery key components are exposed to harsh conditions and must continuously operate at peak efficiency. Hygiene and safety are of the utmost importance for the food processing industries. Away from the pressures of harsh environments and food hygiene, manufacturers of household appliances, consumer electronics and sports equipment develop their products with components that are either crucial decorative elements or important for a better product service life. 

In the general industry sector, performance and durability of the components are of key importance. This applies from simple mechanical applications to high-end semiconductor engineering and electronics. Oerlikon provides a wide range of materials, precision and high-quality coatings with properties to protect or enhance the performance of components or entire processes. 

Our hardworking materials and coating solutions provide reliable protection against corrosion and wear for the most stressed heavy machinery parts. Additive Manufacturing provides design freedom to create better and lighter weight parts for general industrial applications. In consumer goods, coatings mean components can be smaller and lighter. Our decorative coatings deliver unbeaten wear resistance and designer finishes. In engineering, they significantly improve the performance and durability of parts.

Heavy machinery and equipment

Heavy machinery and equipment

Reliable protection against corrosion and wear

Oerlikon coatings offer reliable protection against corrosion and wear for the most severely stressed parts in agricultural machinery, such as differential casing and bevel gear sets. 

Thanks to the wide spectrum of Oerlikon coating solutions against wear and corrosion and alternatives to hard chromium plating, heavy machinery components also have longer service lives. 

Challenges

Productivity and reliability are driving factors in this market. Machines are expected to run at maximum performance and must withstand harsh operating environments. This leads to over strained components, break downs and added costs. Equipment manufacturers are also under pressure to build greener vehicles that meet tighter emission regulations. 

Solutions

Materials and coating solutions from Oerlikon improve performance, extend service life and protect key components such as buckets, shafts, crushers, hydraulic cylinders, blades etc., against wear and corrosion. Coatings for engine components reduce fuel and oil consumption, and help meet tighter emission regulations. In harsh environments, Oerlikon coatings exceed the performance of hard chromium plating and eliminate the noxious hard chromium process. 

  • Mining 
  • Agriculture 
  • Construction equipment 
  • Diesel locomotives 

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Consumer goods

Consumer goods

Improving design, performance, efficiency and service life of goods.

Challenges

From watches to lifestyle equipment, from vacuum cleaners to coffee machines — consumer goods need to be reliable, durable and attractive. Most household appliances, consumer goods and sports equipment use metal or plastic parts.

Solutions

Coating these parts enhances and improves the performance and service life of modern consumer goods. It makes their production more efficient, and it ensures that they meet the highest industry standards and latest consumer tastes, thanks to superb designer finishes. Such functionality can be achieved through coatings that are either extremely hard or decorative or both.

  • Watches
  • Consumer electronics
  • Sanitary fittings
  • Automotive interiors/exteriors
  • Pens and office tools

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Food and packaging

Food and packaging

Ensuring hygiene and safety with coated components and tools.

Challenges

Hygiene, productivity and reliability are critical factors in food processing and packaging. Most importantly, food must never become contaminated in the processing environment. Machines and equipment must be easy to clean and have to withstand corrosive conditions caused by, for example, fruit acids or cleaning agents.

Solutions

Forming, filling and sealing food is often synchronized with packaging and labeling. These processes all demand innovative and high‑performing engineering solutions. Coatings from Oerlikon help maintain hygiene, reduce wear, extend the service life and thereby significantly improve the manufacturing process. The results are safer processes and substantial cost savings.

  • Food processing
  • Plastic films and foils
  • Labeling
  • Bottles and liquid containers
  • Paper production
  • Chemical processing
  • Biofuels
  • Water and wastewater applications

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Engineering and electronics

Engineering and electronics

Improving performance, functionality and longevity of industrial products.

Challenges

Engineering applications need to perform to the highest standards, day in, day out. Whether mobile phones, Wi‑Fi  equipment or highly sensitive semiconductors, they are all manufactured using the latest engineering technology.

Solutions

Mechanically engineered components often operate under extreme conditions such as high loads, rapid sliding speeds or poor lubrication. Coatings from Oerlikon minimize friction, wear and corrosion, and enhance the reliability, service life and performance of such components. And specialized, precisely tailored coatings for semiconductor production satisfy stringent industry requirements.

  • Semiconductors 
  • Instrument panels 
  • Air vents 
  • Batteries 
  • Components for electronic device manufacturing 

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Mining, construction and metal

Mining, construction and metal

Long-lasting surface solutions

Machinery and equipment used for mining are subjected to very high levels of stress. Carbide coatings from Oerlikon offer reliable protection against corrosion and wear for the most severely stressed components. Processes such as thermal spraying, welding, plasma-transferred arc (PTA) welding and laser deposition welding are used for this.

Thermal spraying and thin-film technologies also enable reliable and durable surface solutions for construction machinery and equipment. Oerlikon’s alternatives to hard chromium plating are environmentally friendly, can be applied quickly and are more adaptable to the respective operation environment.

The metal industry implements Oerlikon’s surface solutions in order to protect machine components in hot and cold rolling mills against extreme temperatures and wear.

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Pulp, paper and printing

Pulp, paper and printing

We offer a broad range of surface solutions to meet the challenges of pulp and paper production.

Oerlikon offers a wide range of surface solutions to meet the requirements of the paper and pulp industry. Papermaking machine components such as calender rolls, cleaning scrapers and drying cylinders are equipped with special coatings against corrosion, abrasion and sliding wear, and can be finished with specific surface textures. Fine, carbide materials are used to apply smooth, wear-resistant coatings for corrugated rolls that reduce aftercare costs. Erosion- and corrosion-resistant coatings enable longer maintenance intervals for pulp digesters.

Oerlikon coatings have demonstrated success in the printing industry for many years. Thanks to our coating, anilox rolls achieve high layer hardness, resistance to printing inks and cleaning agents, as well as laser compatibility for engraving. The coatings for corona rolls have the required dielectric strength for electrostatic printing, and coatings for doctor blades increase the service life of these components.

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Electronics

Electronics

Shielding and cost reduction

Our conductive filler materials excel in EMI/RFI shielding and significantly reduce costs in electronic device applications. Our electric arc wire coating solutions for capacitors and varistors ensure conductivity.

  • Washing machines
  • Shavers

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Semiconductors

Semiconductors
Thin film coatings specially developed for highly sensitive semiconductors

Tailored coating solutions endow wafer contact tooling and positioning systems with beneficial properties: high hardness, low friction, excellent adhesion, and high thermal conductivity, without contaminating sensitive semiconductor wafers – a key factor, …especially due to the small size of semiconductors.

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