ION VAPOUR DEPOSITION
Ion Vapour Deposition of Aluminium (IVD-Al):
AeroTek is the sole provider of IVD-Al in Canada and one of few in North America. IVD-Al is a completely environmentally friendly solution and aerospace industry-accepted replacement for cadmium plating.
What is IVD-Al?
IVD-Al is a pure aluminum coating that was developed by McDonnell Douglas for the aerospace industry, as a replacement for the toxic and environmentally unfriendly, cadmium coatings. The process vaporizes pure aluminum wire in a vacuum chamber thereby eliminating the possibility for galvanic corrosion with dissimilar materials, eg. aluminum on steel.
However, since its development, IVD-Al has proven itself as a superior coating to cadmium, being able to perform in higher temperatures (925F) than cadmium as well as out-performing cadmium for corrosion resistance. For more information, please see details here.
IVD-Al has also been proven successfully in other non-aerospace applications, including medical equipment, computer hardware, fasteners, automotive and many more. Contact AeroTek to see if IVD-Al is the solution for your coating needs.
AeroTek's in-house IVD equipment includes:
• 4 machines (10 ft. L x 4 ft. dia.)
• 2 barrel coater inserts*
• 1 stand-alone barrel coater*
* For fast, efficient and cost-effective processing of small parts (< 2 inches) in IVD-Al