Johnson Matthey opens new coatings & surface solutions center in US

Johnson Matthey opens new coatings & surface centre in US

9:20 AM, 25th April 2017
Johnson Matthey opens new coatings & surface solutions center in US
Representatives from the company at the opening ceremony.

ROYSTON, UK: Johnson Matthey’s Noble Metals team has opened a new coatings & surface solutions centre at its West Whiteland site, US.

The new centre enables the company to offer state of the art coating technologies and surface solutions to enhance the performance of the medical and industrial components.

This includes a physical vapour deposition (PVD) laboratory, with deposition conditions that can be fully customised to allow deposition of various material systems as well as platinum group metal thin films and coatings.

The equipment in the centre features a process chamber dedicated to 2D coatings, offering a flat coating area of up to 6.0in (15.2cm) diameter with temperature control up to 800°C.

An additional process chamber provides the capability of coating 3D objects on all exterior surfaces with high uniformity and utilisation, with applications including:

  • enhanced component visibility during fluoroscopy
  • increased charge injection capacity and lower polarisation for neurostimulation electrodes
  • anti-bacterial surfaces
  • optimised surface area, biocompatibility, tribological behaviour and wettability.

Using the high-tech equipment, the company can deposit a wide range of materials, including:

  • platinum group metals
  • non-precious metals
  • metallic alloys
  • ceramics, including oxides, nitrides and carbides
  • insulators and semi-conductors
  • demonstration of new equipment.

Full control of input processing gases allows the company to offer reactively formed complex coatings, such as nitrides, oxides and carbides.

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