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The Smooth Revolution: BALIQ™

A technological milestone has been achieved: BALIQ™ - the new coating generation by Oerlikon Balzers.

BALIQTM is the new coating generation by Oerlikon Balzers based on our S3pTM technology (Scalable Pulsed Power Plasma) that intelligently combines the advantages of arc evaporation and sputtering.

The result is BALIQTM, a new family of wear-resistant coatings with revolutionary properties for a unique spectrum of applications.
You benefit from new possibilities that transcend anything seen before - with coatings tailored precisely to your needs.

S3p -Scalable pulsed power plasma

Arc Evaporation


In arc evaporation, a small spot of a high electrical current moves on the surface of a target. The material immediately melts and the metal vapor condenses on the work piece. Because of the explosive nature of the process, droplets of liquid metal are formed, which may cause a rough surface of the coating surface. Reactive gas can be introduced to form compounds.

Process characteristics:
High degree of Ionization
Coating properties:
High density, high hardness
Excellent adhesion
Less smooth, droplets

Sputtering

Sputtering is a process whereby atoms are ejected from a solid target material due to bombardment of the target by energetic particles. In thin-film coating, this is achieved by accelerating Argon ions towards a solid target where they knock out metal atoms which are collected at the work piece. Compounds such as metal nitrides are formed by introducing gas in the vacuum chamber.

Process characteristics:
Low degree of Ionization
Coating properties:
Low density, low hardness
Moderate adhesion
Smooth surface

S3p combines the advantages of the arc evaporation and sputtering technologies:

High ionisation in the process without droplets
Smooth coating surface
Very high coating density and hardness
Excellent adhesion
The unique process window and the separate scalability of

Pulse duration
Pulse shape
Current density
open up unprecedented options in coating design. Customised coatings that precisely fulfil the requirements of the respective application are now reality with S3p.

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