Solomon Berman, President
Due to the ever increasing demand for high performance and cost reduction, innovative surface engineering solutions are being implemented in the design of many modern products. Material selection and the application of a compatible surface treatment are the keys to component longevity, through the improvement of wear resistance, corrosion resistance, or other critical properties. IBC Coatings Technologies specializes in developing customized surface treatment solutions to addresstheir customers’ unique problems and improve performance significantly. IBC’s specialized equipment can accommodate a wide range of materials and geometric variations, ranging from metal forming dies that weigh thousands of pounds, to millimeter-scale semiconductor components. The company caters to the needs of many industries, including oil and gas, agriculture, chemical, aerospace, defense, medical, automotive, metal forming, die casting, forging, and plastic molding. IBC also executes R&D and supply contracts from federal government agencies. “We are a surface engineering technology company that works closely with customers to find solutions for their challenging problems, as well as to support their supply chains with production-scale capabilities,” says Dr. Solomon Berman, President of IBC Coatings Technologies.
IBC’s customer-oriented approach begins with identifying the root cause of their customers’ problems through detailed engineering analysis. IBC’s metallurgical laboratories are well-equipped with numerous testing technologies, including: micro- and nano-hardness, tribological testing, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), optical profilometry, corrosion testing, X-ray fluorescence (XRF), tensile and fatigue testing, and others. Depending on the customer’s application, a range of solutions are identified to address their specific issue(s), such as wear, corrosion, erosion, friction, electrical insulation, high temperature resistance, etc. From this list of potential solutions, IBC initiates sample trials to identify the best surface treatment for that specific application. IBC then customizes the process parameters to accommodate scale-up and support customers’ production needs. IBC also offers the opportunity for vertical integration with their precision manufacturing capabilities, providing further value to the supply chain when sourced in combination with their proprietary coating solutions. IBC has a dedicated R&D group consisting of highly experienced engineers and scientists. This group is committed to advancing innovation in the field of surface treatment technology for both commercial and Department of Defense (DoD) applications.
IBC provides well-established and standardized treatments, including vacuum heat-treating, vacuum carburizing, and solution nitriding.
We are a surface engineering technology company that works closely with customers to find solutions for their challenging problems, as well as to support their supply chains with production-scale capabilities
The company also specializes in diffusion treatments, such as ion plasma and salt bath nitriding, boriding/boronizing, chromizing, aluminizing, and tantalizing.
IBC offers advanced vacuum coating solutions using physical vapor deposition (PVD) and chemical vapor deposition (CVD) technologies. PVD coatings are applied using high energy cathodic arc deposition and RF-enhanced magnetron sputtering. CVD coatings are applied at low temperatures using proprietary equipment and precursors developed at IBC. These advanced coatings include a wide variety of carbides, nitrides, oxides, and diamond-like carbon (DLC) coatings. A fully robotic laser cladding system is utilized for hard-facing, repair, and additive manufacturing. IBC’s plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) process is an environmentally-sustainable, high-performance alternative to the hard anodizing treatment used in a variety of industries on aluminum, magnesium, and titanium alloys.
Whether a customer comes to IBC with a small job for a few hundred dollars, or a large production order worth millions of dollars, they receive equal attention and care. Each request is assigned to a dedicated engineer for review, which ensures that their requirements receive the appropriate level of technical consideration in a timely manner. IBC leverages their wide offering of in-house technologies to provide customers with the optimal solution for their needs.
Highlighting IBC’s capabilities, Dr. Berman cites the development of a unique solution for the US Air Force to improve wear resistance of missile rail launchers used in F-15 and F-16 aircraft. The aluminum missile launcher assembly was wearing out after one year of service, even though it was designed to last about five years. IBC found that the component’s hard anodizing treatment did not hold up well enough to wear against the steel mating component under high loads. To resolve this, IBC developed its PEO coating, a relatively new technology, as a solution. PEO is approximately three times harder than hard anodizing and offers extreme wear resistance. IBC proceeded to validate PEO’s performance compared to hard-anodizing within the primary metrics of fatigue life, wear resistance, and corrosion resistance. The PEO coating on aluminum, along with DLC coating on the mating steel components, demonstrated 10X better performance, and was selected by the US Air Force for all future production orders. Since switching to PEO and DLC, these assemblies have been flying for more than six years with zero wear. IBC brought the capability to manufacture the missile rails in-house, providing a one-stop-shop for DoD supply requirements. This is one example of the significant valueand performance that IBC is able to provide its customers.
With numerous success stories, IBC continues to grow with existing and new customers. The company expands its processing capabilities every year and is currently working on several new coating technologies. “We are now developing a new generation of coatings and surface treatments that can solve problems for the future,” concludes Dr. Berman.