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AHC Oberflächentechnik comprises of more than 20 sites with its headquarters in Kerpen, near Cologne, Germany. The core business of the AHC Group is focused on providing functional coating of technical surfaces. The coatings are used in the automotive industry and mechanical engineering market, as well as the aerospace industry and for many other technical sectors where protection against corrosion and wear is essential.
Surface treatments for metal and plastic
The range of services available within the AHC group extends more than 40 processes and many process variants for the surface treatment of metal and plastic, with most being of the processes are patented and proprietary coating processes. We license our patented coatings throughout the world. In addition, we cover the entire requirement of process chemicals globally for processes using chemical and electrochemical treatment of metals and plastics.
Layers for protection against vibration, friction and wear
HART-COAT® layers are formed by anodic oxidation in a cooled acid electrolyte, where the surface of the aluminium base material is converted into an aluminium oxide layer. This layer grows equally inward as outward, creating a specific change in dimension of the component, bonding with the base material. The hardness of the aluminium oxide grants high wear resistance to the layer.
Electroless nickel coatings are layers of nickel-phosphorus alloy, which, through the DURNI-COAT® process, are deposited from aqueous nickel salt solutions, through reduction with hypophosphite, onto the surfaces of ferrous and non-ferrous metals. The process, which runs without external energy, permits uniform layer formation and results in a contour-true reproduction of the surfaces of even those parts with the most geometrically complicated forms.
DURALLOY® is an extremely hard, crack-free, precise, very thin and ultrapure metallic chromium layer. DURALLOY® provides effective protection against friction and vibration corrosion and increases considerably the wear resistance of the material when used, for example, in gears or with shaft-hub-joints.
Depending on the specific requirements these three coating systems are applied on surfaces of valves, nozzles, compressors, screw threads, metal fittings, hydraulic flaps and structural parts subject to vibration.
The plasma-chemical process is used to produce oxide-ceramic layers. In addition to providing a high level of protection against wear and corrosion, also fulfil requirements regarding hardness, uniform layer formation, fatigue strength, dimensional accuracy or temperature load capacity.
MAGOXID-COAT® is suited for magnesium alloys and KEPLA-COAT® is for aluminium and titanium materials. The surface of the layers produced by these processes have a white-grey colour. However, deep-black surfaces can also be created for their optical and thermal properties.
AHC offers a range of anti-friction coatings, which can be used for door locks, seat bolting devices, slide bearings and bushes, guide mechanisms or seat adjustment components.
Electroless nickel with embedded PTFE particles, called PTFE-DURNI-DISP, is one of the coatings available. The dispersion layer combines the properties of the DURNI-COAT® layer with those of the PTFE. The corrosion resistance and hardness of pure DURNI-COAT® layers are barely affected by the dispersed dry lubricant and the tribological characteristics are considerably improved.
The GLISS-COAT® brand denotes the range of dry lubricant coatings developed by AHC, designed to reduce friction and surface wear. The coating systems and the flow behaviour is modified to avoid any undesirable edge build-up or any drop formation at edges or in bores. Individual parts are coated using automatic flat spray units, while smaller series-produced parts are treated in special barrel-plating devices.
AHC Benelux with its two locations in Eindhoven and Venlo, the Netherlands, have extended the range of services with a number of special anti-friction coatings, named 'synergetic coatings'. The base layer is either DURNI-COAT® electroless nickel, HART-COAT® hard-anodising or a modified base material. The top layer is always a layer of fluoropolymers. These are made from PTFE, PFA or FEP.
Although not our core business, galvanic coatings such as hard chromium, gold, copper, silver or tin are widely used within the aerospace industry. For instance, silver has the best electrical conductivity of the industrial used metals. This property is useful for electromagnetic shielding. Another example is gold, which AHC uses, with a nickel base layer, for the coating of a space station's heat exchanger as a shield against radiation.
About AHC Oberflächentechnik
More than five decades after the company was founded, AHC has developed into one of the leading specialists in Europe in the field of surface treatment. With the application-specific and customer-oriented development in our internal R&D departments for surface treatment and chemicals, we wish to help our customers achieve a sustainable success.
In everything we do, people and the environment are close to our heart. Therefore, all our staff take an active role in ecological and social responsibility. We believe in a holistic environmental management system that includes environmentally friendly and resource-efficient processes just as much as harnessing renewable energies.
If you are interested in our range of services, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Available White Papers
AHC - Reliable Partner for the Aerospace Industry The aerospace industry relies on high performance suppliers who implement time sensitive, complex processes with the highest reliability-principles that the AHC Group has maintained for decades.
SELGA-COAT® CHROME: An Alternative to Conventional Chrome Plating In nearly all areas of the automotive industry and mechanical engineering, technical hard chrome layers are applied to impart components with a property profile for their intended use, including hardness, corrosion resistance, wear resistance, tribological properties, as well as thermal and chemical resistance.