If you are involved in an operation that produces or uses components that need to be coated with metal for protective or decorative purposes, you might want to look for an organization that offers metallizing services. Companies like Vergason Technology, Inc. provide a variety of these metal coatings for a number of purposes. By using a physical vapor deposition process, these PVD coatings can be applied to base materials of different types. It does not have to be a metal substrate because the process takes place in a vacuum at a low temperature. As a result, the material on which the metal coating is being applied does not have to be conductive. The metal film can be applied over things like plastic or glass, as well as metal.
Metal coatings can be applied in a number of colors. This means there is virtually no limit to the types of applications for which the process will work. This process is widely used in automotive, lighting, glassware, consumer products, and many other industries. When used to display items, it can result in a more impressive appearance and boost sales. It is also used for solar panels to for functional purposes.
On components for which a solid metal is simply not feasible due to cost or manufacturing constraints, metallizing services can be a life saver. An example is a part that needs to be chrome plated. You obviously cannot make a part out of solid chrome. The chrome can only be on the outside to offer a shiny appearance and protection from corrosion. For other products, a coating can be applied that provides the appearance of brushed stainless steel. These products are typically those that would simply be too expensive for consumers to purchase if they were made from solid stainless steel. Examples include things such as shower rods and towel holders. In other cases, the part may not function if it was made of solid metal. It may need to be a non-conductive material with a metal coating for protection.
The process is also effective at providing shielding for electronic devices that are widely used in healthcare and automotive industries, as well as in many mobile devices. If you have an idea for a new product that needs a metal surface for either protection or appearance, don’t be afraid to be creative with the use of metallizing services.