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IVD Vapour Deposition of Aluminum (IVD-AI)

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We are one of North America’s only independent providers of IVD-Al – and the only provider in Canada.

What is IVD-AI?

IVD-Al is an environmentally friendly, pure aluminum coating developed by McDonnell Douglas for the aerospace industry. It replaces toxic cadmium coatings through a process that vaporizes pure aluminum wire in a vacuum chamber and deposits a thin coating – down to 1/10,000th of an inch – on steel, aluminum or heavy plastics. The vacuum chamber application eliminates the possibility of galvanic corrosion with dissimilar material (for example, aluminum on steel). IVD-Al is generally a superior coating to cadmium, performing in temperatures as high as 925°F and has better corrosion resistance. (Get more information on IVD-Al process here.)

IVD-Al can also be effective in non-aerospace applications, including for medical equipment, computer hardware, fasteners, automotive, and many more.

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AeroTek’s in-house IVD equipment:

  • 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

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