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THERMAL SPR AY DECODED What you need to know about the process and the companies that do it for you. 7 How important is base material 8 What can the right thermal spray company do for your parts, your business, and your bottom line? How important is base material? The integrity of the base material is critical to how a component is manufactured and ultimately performs. For this reason, it is absolutely necessary that you ask a provider where their base materials are sourced from. Base materials from China and Russia (for instance) have been known to be inferior in quality. Seek out manufacturing partners that source their raw materials from North America and Europe. If you have any hesitation about whether or not your manufacturer is telling the truth about where their raw materials come from, ask to see the documentation. Ultimately a good partner knows that your name is on the line too, so theyll do what they can to give you assurances of the quality you can expect. Using inferior
THERMAL SPRAY DECODED What you need to know about the process and the companies that do it for you. 4 Can any part or material be thermal sprayed? 5 Whats the difference between a non-thermal spray part and a thermal spray part? 6 Is one thermal spray source as good as the next? Can any part or material be thermal sprayed? In short, any material that can be melted can be sprayed by thermal spraying. Depending on the variation of thermal spray, material can be heated in a gun up to as hot as 14,000 C. However, the benefit of plasma HVOF spraying is that these high temperatures stay inside the gun, transferring very little heat to the substrate itself. Substrate temperature rarely exceeds 300o C so coatings can be applied with little to no pre- or post-heat treatment while component distortion is minimal. With plasma and HVOF spraying, coatings can be applied to thermal sensitive substrates like low melting point metals and plastics. What is the difference between a thermal
THERMAL SPR AY DECODED What you need to know about the process and the companies that do it for you. 1 What is thermal spray? 2 What are the main processes? 3 What does it do and when should thermal spray be used? Stronger, tougher, and an extraordinary ability to tolerate extreme environments it almost sounds like the description of a super hero. Of course you know what were talking about are the effects of thermal sprayed coatings. Through an intense process, thermal spray makes an already strong and carefully manufactured part even better. When parts are stronger, tougher, and more abrasion corrosion resistant, they become more effective, longer-lasting, and suitable for tasks they would otherwise not be capable of.This paper will provide you with a high level review of thermal spray processes and applications. By reading this paper you will gain a greater understanding - and appreciation - of thermal sprayed components along with the companies that perform this process well. What
By Chris Wysong, Vice President of Plasma-Tec, Inc., Wayland, Michigan Specialists in machining, turning, grinding, and coating high-wear metal components When is it Smart to Source Locally vs. Globally? When deciding what to source where, a buyer must consider three major factors: speed, quantity, and precision. At the outset, overseas suppliers may seem like the economical choice but often they prove costly in time, resources, and image. The SPEED factor Who can get it to me ASAP-RIGHT NOW? A six-month turnaround time from an overseas supplier puts new product introduction out at least that much longer. In comparison, a U.S. job shop provides an OEM with the ability to rapidly rollout a new product with the added benefit of keeping inventory levels lower. Plus, they can provide for a 3 or 4-week order fulfillment for a custom-engineered piece of equipment. The QUANTITY factor relates to how many widgets are needed. Offshore sources only payoff if large volumes are required; however,