Marjorie Steed, President
Cutting tools play a vital role in manufacturing, especially in sectors such as medical, aerospace, and automotive. However, these sectors frequently face challenges in the form of a shorter life span of the tools due to breakage and inconsistent coating. To stay ahead in the competitive market, firms need to use tools that are not only state-of-the-art but also adequately coated in accordance with their specific geometry. Traditional coating methods are and do not guarantee enhanced output. Enter CemeCon Inc., a Horseheads, N.Y.-based wholly-owned subsidiary of CemeCon AG, that is turning the corner for the modern-day tool coating industry by providing high-power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) coating solutions to companies. HiPIMS coatings are uniform and durable.
“The HiPIMS technology opens enormous possibilities for the next-gen coating,” states Marjorie Steed, President of CemeCon Inc. “It is the next phase in the evolution of tool coatings.” HiPIMS coating solutions can be applied on carbide cutting tools that cut, form, and shape metals such as aluminum, titanium, alloys, and other non-ferrous metals. Additionally, CemeCon also coats tap type tools made of steel.
In addition to HiPIMS, CemeCon offers diamond coatings, a very precise, durable, and in-demand coating solution. Diamond coatings are specifically designed to stand up to the demands of materials like carbon fiber, graphite, and green ceramics.
Before providing the HiPIMS or diamond coatings to clients, team CemeCon follows well-defined, strategic steps to analyze the geometry and requirements of the tool and accordingly identify the right solution from its portfolio. The processes, developed by CemeCon AG over three decades, have resulted in the smoothest, most durable hard coatings on the planet.
The HiPIMS technology opens enormous possibilities for the next-gen coating
The aforementioned processes also guarantee consistency from tool to tool from any coating plant throughout CemeCon’s subsidiaries in the US, Japan, and China.
However, customers do not need to send their tools anywhere for premium coatings. CemeCon allows clients to duplicate the entire coating process in their facilities via a turn-key package that includes pre-treatment, coating, and inspection. Due to the flexibility of the software, equipment customers can customize the coating formulas as per their choice, allowing users to create proprietary coatings of their own. The company also offers hands-on training to clients who have never had the experience of working with a coating system. Clients can attend CemeCon Live Coating events to gain insight into the preparation of tool batches and the measurement of coating thickness. Moreover, CemeCon’s service technicians work closely with clients for at least two weeks to provide additional training, ensuring that all units are operating accurately for maximum optimization. The service technicians are always available online and can arrive at clients’ facilities at any time.
Backed by its unique coating solutions, CemeCon Inc. has earned itself a thriving clientele in the last 20 years. In one case, a premium tool manufacturer was looking for a quick solution using inserts for hard milling in die and mold making. Since the project demanded tough cutting in an extremely tight schedule, the client collaborated with CemeCon. This collaboration played a significant role in optimizing various coating specifications through CemeCon’s HiPIMS coating solutions.
As for the future, CemeCon plans to further expand its customer base in the United States by enabling more stakeholders to install the HiPIMS unit in their facilities.