Cutting Tools

PVD coatings for cutting tools

The introduction of Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) coatings in the metal cutting industry is one of the biggest advances of coating technology in the last 30 years.  In the early 1980s, Titanium Nitride (TiN) was the first PVD coating to be used commercially.  By the 1990s, the process became widely used, particularly in applications where the cutting edge is required to be hard (e.g., drilling) or sharp (e.g., threading, grooving, and end-milling).

Today, PVD is the standard coating technology for solid carbide cutting tools, and the most common PVD coating is Titanium Aluminum Nitride (TiAlN).  TiN is still used, as are other coatings such as Aluminum Titanium Nitride (AlTiN), Titanium Carbon Nitride (TiCN), and Zirconium Nitride (ZrN), which offer better solutions in certain applications.

At Advanced Coating Technologies, we offer a variety of PVD coatings based on your specific requirements.

PVD Coatings Cut Costs

In the worldwide machining and tooling market, PVD coatings have saved companies billions of dollars, because coating cutting tools increases the life and productivity of the tools in the following ways: