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Anti-friction treatments and coatings

Argos coatings and anti-friction treatments improve the ability of materials to slide on surfaces, leading to a significant industrial advantage.

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Greater resistance over time with low friction

Argos coatings guarantee greater resistance over time due to their frictionless properties.

Anti-friction coatings eliminate or reduce the need for lubricants and, with their ability to impregnate the surfaces of parts, the low friction remains even after the coating wears off.

The ability of materials such as plastic, paper, food and metals to slide over the surface is a significant advantage in industry, because it allows production and packaging lines to be sped up while significantly reducing surface wear and corrosion. Argos anti-friction coatings and treatments are specifically designed to meet these sorts of requirements.

Furthermore, a lower coefficient of friction minimizes the difference between static and dynamic friction, yielding lower energy consumption. Maximum efficiency and greater resistance.

Characteristics of Argos anti-friction coatings

Wear resistance, dry lubrication and corrosion protection may be effectively combined in a single coating that extends the life of mechanical parts.

Unlike traditional coatings, Argos anti-friction coatings not only coat the surfaces of the parts, but also impregnate them, eliminating the risk of peeling and flaking.

In fact, a series of thermal, chemical and mechanical treatments are carried out to increase the microporosity and roughness of the base material, allowing the coating to penetrate the substrate, while eliminating the risks of peeling and flaking.

With this Argos process, even after the surface layer has worn down, the properties of the treatment remain virtually unchanged.

Anti-friction treatments and coatings can be applied to a wide range of metals, except copper, for which preliminary tests must be carried out.

We recommend opting for anti-friction coatings when you need to avoid friction problems or solve problems related to dry lubrication, seizing or wear.

Anti-friction coatings in Argos polymers

Argos coatings consisting of polymers, self-lubricating fluoropolymers and fluorocarbons such as TempCoat 1001, have a very low friction coefficient and are designed for dry lubrication and to prevent mechanical components from seizing in a wide variety of sectors, thereby preventing stick-slip and fretting corrosion. Fluoropolymers are also highly anti-corrosive in chemical environments or aggressive atmospheres.

Argos anti-friction coatings

Argos gives surfaces low-friction properties through special electroless nickel-plating processes: Niploy, Chenisil and Cheniflon.

Niploy

The advantage of this process lies in its very high ability to conform to all surfaces, even those with complex geometries. It allows less noble and cheaper materials to be used, benefitting in weight by replacing heavy alloys with light ones. It gives the surface corrosion protection and wear resistance, as well as microhardness.

Chenisil

A combination of electroless nickel and silicon carbide for an extraordinarily hard surface. The definitive answer to problems due to wear-related stress, it provides excellent corrosion resistance and high coating uniformity on any geometry. Maximum performance can also be achieved by choosing the actual thickness of the coating and the heat treatment that determines the final hardness.

Cheniflon

A combination of electroless nickel and PTFE microparticles for a surface that provides the maximum smoothness, with exceptional hardness. High adhesion to the substrate ensures that it does not peel, even under high stress. Uniformity, hardness, resistance and conductivity are the main properties of surfaces treated with Cheniflon.

Very low friction can also be obtained with special surface treatments.

Hard anodizing, an anti-friction treatment by Argos

Hard anodizing is the term used to describe the functional finishing of aluminium components. This process creates a very thin oxide layer on the surface that bonds perfectly to the substrate, conferring elevated hardness and corrosion and wear protection.

Hard anodizing combined with the fluoropolymer PTFE guarantees very low friction due to reduced surface roughness.

Several areas of application are common: chemical/pharmaceutical, textiles and printing, food, automotive, aeronautics, oil and gas and packaging.

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