Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) coatings are of interest to industry and are used to protect a substrate from aggressive external environment (impact, scratch or corrosion).
Hauzer develops equipment to apply DLC coatings as a smooth and scratch resistant sub layer for decorative coatings on plastic housings, especially for the 3C (cameras, computer and communication) devices.
Quantitative evaluation of adhesion, wear and hardness characteristics.
Investigation of the relation between material properties (i.e. process settings) and system performance.
Fact-based development of hard and scratch-resistant decorative coatings on plastic housings.
Application of sub layer and decorative top layer in one PVD coating system.
The technology is protected by a patent application of Hauzer (DLC on plastics).
First estimate: successful implementation generates an additional 10-15% annual sales of decorative PVD systems.