Industry Spotlight: Metal Production And Processing

In the metal production and processing industry, the highest-quality metals such as steel or aluminum have to be delivered in the most cost-effective way possible. Metal producers require innovative solutions to meet such high demands and expectations. With corrosion-resistant and wear-resistant coatings, a stellar level of quality can be maintained, and the service lifespan of critical rolls can be extended as well. Need to deliver flawless metals sheets and strips on a daily basis? No worries. Allow our leading thermal spray coating solutions to help you optimize every roll in your metal production process. Read on to find out more about metal production and processing coatings and how they can benefit you.

Thermal Spray Processes Often Utilized for the Metal Production and Processing Coatings

Some of the most desired characteristics of thermal spray coatings for the metal production & processing industry is wear and corrosion resistance. That’s why we have the following thermal spray processes in place to deliver the necessary coatings:

Components in the metal production and processing industry are often exposed to extremely high temperatures. Plasma spray coatings can provide the thermal protection that enables the component to last longer and operate at higher temperatures without failing. This also helps improve the overall performance efficiency of the metal processing system as well. In HVOF processes, coating materials such as tungsten carbide is used.

Why Use Specialized Tungsten Carbide Coatings?

In metals productions, specialized tungsten carbide coatings are often used from ore production through finished product. These coatings ensure improved production quality and even reduced maintenance costs over the entire service lifespan of the part. At A&A Coatings, we mix tungsten carbide powder with a binder material, and we chose it because it melts at 5200°F and has a Vickers hardness number of 2242. What’s more, the coatings offer low porosity and high wear resistance benefits.

Common Applications for Metal Production and Processing Coatings

As mentioned, the coatings we apply on metal production and processing components are able to resist the corrosive effects and high temperature of both molten and hot metals, as well as improve the quality of the end product produced. With that in mind, there are certainly many applications that you can use metal production and processing industry coatings for, so here is quick look at some of them:

  • Zinc Bath Rolls

The base material of zinc bath rolls is made of steel and will be exposed to heat treatment furnaces. That’s why they need enhanced wear, high-temperature and corrosion resistance. At A&A Coatings, we highly recommend the HVOF process as it ensures zinc bath rolls are always process-ready.

  • Continuous Casting Molds

Casting molds are designed to control the rate of solidification of the resulting billet. Coatings are needed to protect its entirety from wear that could transfer marks unto the billet or slab.

  • Hearth Bath Rolls

Just like zinc bath rolls, hearth rolls need better-quality resistance and protection against high temperature. HVOF coatings are the perfect options here.

If you want to know more about A&A Coatings’ thermal spraying expertise in the metal production & processing industry, feel free to contact us today.

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