Critical industries such as oil & gas, energy, chemical, aerospace, and manufacturing need their equipment and parts to work on-demand. We know that downtime in the field means lost revenue, added costs, and production delays.
One of the best methods to keep your parts working and your equipment operating is to utilize thermal spray technology. This type of protective coating enhances the durability, longevity, and performance of industrial parts to support critical functions.
Which Thermal Spray Technology is Best for Your Job?
We offer five different types of thermal spray coatings to enhance your industrial parts. Consider which thermal spray technology best serves your parts to keep your equipment functioning.
1. HVOF (High-Velocity Oxygen Fuel)
HVOF, which is one of the most popular thermal spray coatings, uses oxygen and fuel to create a gas stream that is propelled through a nozzle onto the part.
The coating is very dense, creating a very hard surface and a durable layer of protection. This is especially useful to coat metals and other industrial parts that are exposed to extreme or harsh conditions.
– The Result: stronger resistance to corrosion, longer life to reduce the frequency of replacement or repair, and higher performance supporting your critical equipment.
2. HVAF (High-Velocity Air Fuel)
HVAF uses a different type of thermal spray technology than HVOF to protect metals and other industrial parts.
This technology uses gas and compressed air to create a stream that is propelled through the nozzle at high speeds. This results in a warmer spray compared to HVOF and zero oxidation when applied to metals.
– The Result: very strong protection against erosion, the restoration of surfaces to their original composition and strengthened for future use, and great resistance against fatigue and stress.
3. Plasma Spray
Plasma spray uses heat at the primary method to create a very strong and durable coating on industrial parts.
The flame or stream that is shot through the nozzle can reach up to 27,000 degrees Fahrenheit. This is ideal for large parts that have a very high melting point, which includes certain metals and ceramics.
– The Result: a refined part that can withstand any condition, enhanced protection against the effects of corrosion, and extreme wear resistance. The part is essentially forged through fire.
4. Metalizing (Twin Arc Spray and Combustion)
The metalizing process uses electricity, charged wires, and compressed air to create a thermal spray. When a positive and a negative charged wire are shot through an arc gun, it creates a spray stream that is propelled onto the substrate of the part.
Alternatively, the combustion process uses a metal alloy wire, fuel, and oxygen. The wire travels through the gun to create a flame that is applied to the substrate of the part.
– The Result: The metalizing process is primarily used for corrosion resistance. Additionally, because of the tight bond between the coating and the substrate, the part will be enhanced for durability, weather resistance, and erosion control.
5. Spray and Fuse
The spray and fuse thermal coating follows a two-step process. First, a powdered metal alloy is melted. Then, the melted alloy is propelled through a heated flame or torch onto the part to create a new molecular bond.
This coating is useful for industrial parts that are subject to high impact, potential damage, or extreme stress from prolonged use in difficult conditions.
– The Result: protection from chipping or cracking to maintain functionality, good thermal resistance, and extended life for new parts placed into service.
Use Our Thermal Spray Service
Superior Shot Peening & Coatings (SSPC) offers each of these thermal spray coatings at our facility in Texas. We also have mobile crews and equipment that can be mobilized to your domestic or international location to treat your industrial parts.
Contact us today to inquire about utilizing our thermal spray technology to enhance the durability, longevity, and resistance of your critical parts.