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Hardide Coatings installs third large reactor in the UK in response to growing demand
Article Type: Industrial news From: Anti-Corrosion Methods and Materials, Volume 62, Issue 2
Hardide Coatings, provider of advanced surface coating technology, has invested a six-figure sum in its UK manufacturing facility – increasing its installed capacity by nearly 50 per cent to cope with growing demand for its range of nanostructured tungsten carbide coatings.
The installation of a third large capacity reactor is part of an investment programme which will also recruit up to three additional operations staff to meet increasing demand from existing and new customers at its plant in Bicester, Oxfordshire.
Hardide coatings provide a unique combination of features: extremely abrasive, erosive, corrosive and chemical-resistant while, at the same time, being tough, ductile and impact-resistant. Applied by low-temperature chemical vapour deposition, they can coat internal surfaces and complex shapes and are ideal for highly tolerant parts.
Philip Kirkham, CEO of Hardide Coatings said:
The installation of a third large capacity reactor at our plant in Bicester will enable us to increase production volumes while continuing with the development of new coating technologies and applications. As industries move in to more challenging and harsher environments, there is an increasing need for technologies which protect and extend the life of equipment and our coatings are proven to solve difficult problems while delivering dramatic improvements in component life.
Hardide coatings are also an excellent alternative to hard-chrome plating (HCP), which is under increasing restrictions due to its use of hexavalent chromium salts with a REACH “sunset date” as of September 2017. This is seen as the company being involved in discussions with various OEMS within the aerospace industry to replace HCP and consider its use on other potential problem applications.
Hardide Coatings recently undertook its first application for a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) on behalf of Seatronics. Since using the coating on a critical part of the thruster system, the performance and power of Predator ROV manufactured by Seatronics has increased, with a vast reduction in critical wear issues.
More information is available from: http://www.hardide.com (Figure 1).
Figure 1 Hardide coatings increased its installed capacity by nearly 50 per cent to cope with growing demand for its range of nanostructured tungsten carbide coatings