Apticote 480A – a new ultra-low friction surface treatment from Poeton
June 16, 2020
Poeton have launched the latest in a long line of ground breaking surface treatments. Apticote 480A is a brand-new composite coating consisting of nickel and fluoropolymer materials, enabling engineers to utilise their unique properties in one special solution.
This advanced composite coating builds on the strong Poeton history of developing innovative solutions. Developed for 2020 and designed in the Poeton research & development laboratory, Apticote 480A can be applied to a variety of base materials, achieving performance benefits and cost savings across a wide range of industrial applications.
It has been specifically developed for engineers who are tasked with driving constant improvement. Whether it be to solve challenges such as material wear and corrosion or to implement improved efficiencies, increased output or cost savings. There is not always one solution to these problems. However, this revolutionary new coating can be used to tackle all of these challenges.
Apticote 480A demonstrates superb properties, such as a coefficient of friction as low as 0.05 – 90% lower than a standard heated treated electroless nickel coating. The low friction properties are also remarkably stable over time, providing a long-term, reliable solution. In tests it varied by only ±0.001 from the original coefficient of friction measure.
The coating also delivers excellent non-stick properties, making it the ideal choice in mould release applications, particularly in the food, medical and pharmaceutical production sectors. Apticote 480A ensures that the products can be removed easily from their moulds every time, as well as leaving less contaminants, reducing the clean-up cost and ultimately increasing production speeds
Additionally, Apticote 480A excels is in resisting the effects of adhesive wear. Adhesive wear displays hugely detrimental effects in any sliding situations, with surfaces quickly damaged and eventually resulting in parts seizing. The low friction properties of Apticote 480A reduce adhesive wear by 85% when compared to standard heat treated electroless nickel reducing machine downtime.
Apticote 480A is also corrosion resistant, with a 50µm thick layer resisting an industry standard salt spray test for well over 1000 hours, a hardness of over 800Hv and provides a very even coating that will replicate extremely complex geometries.
Sean Hammond, Group Director of Sales & Marketing for Poeton commented:
“this is a fantastic new coating that will provide real world benefits across the engineering spectrum. Our investment in research and development is one of the core strengths of Poeton and we will always work closely with our customers to develop new coatings that solve their engineering challenges.”
For engineers, Apticote 480A is the ideal choice, providing a solution for a wide range of applications, knowing that it will enhance production, reduce costs and extend reliability.