Our coatings extend the operational life of critical components across the energy industries including oil & gas, alternative energy and power generation. Hardide coatings optimise performance and reduce downtime by providing superior wear, abrasion, erosion, corrosion and chemical resistance.
Hardide coatings are used extensively in the oil & gas industry on downhole and directional drilling tools that are subject to severe slurry and chemical erosion combined with abrasive wear. Hardide coatings are especially seal friendly and reduce the wear of counter-body materials and provide superior wear, erosion, corrosion and chemical resistance. Our coating technology reduces our customers’ carbon footprints by enabling extended drilling time, optimum part performance and less-frequent part replacement.
Alternative energy applications are a growing part of our business. The Hardide-T coating is helping to improve the manufacturing process of Li-ion batteries by reducing the wear of key components by a factor of up to 460x compared to stainless steel and improving battery efficiency by significantly cutting iron (Fe) contamination of graphite anode materials. Li-ion batteries are commonly used for electric vehicles as well as for military and aerospace applications.
Hardide-T is currently used on components incorporated into the production process of a global solar energy company in Europe.
FILTRATION AND SAND SCREEN COATING
Recent developments of the Hardide coating process mean we can now coat fine wire mesh and screens. Hardide coatings can be applied to filtration process components such as sand screens to significantly optimise life and performance.
The patented CVD application process means the coating can be precision applied to both internal and exterior surfaces, enabling a level of design flexibility that is not possible with carbides or ceramics. Hardide coatings do not require a binder and are cobalt-free, an important advantage for nuclear applications where cobalt-containing alloys and hard-facing can produce radioactive and hazardous Co60 isotopes if irradiated.
ENERGY INDUSTRY APPLICATIONS
Hardide coatings provide superior protection for many energy industry parts and applications including: