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.
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.