Integran News Blog
We announced yesterday a new patent covering plated plastic products that can withstand repeated, aggressive thermal cycles. Integran can achieve these high levels of adhesion using its state of the art polymer activation processes. Because Integran's customers are often looking for structural reinforcement of polymers, adhesion is critically important in order to effectively spread the loads between the metal exoskeleton and the polymer core. This is particularly important for our high performance applications that see significant thermal cycling, as is common is aerospace (lightweight brackets etc.), defense (housings for weight critical airborne optics, weapons and UAVs) and space applications (with heavy thermal cycle loads).
Integran Technologies reached a big milestone recently by having our quality systems, which include the production of our high performance electroplated Nanovate metals, certified to the AS9100C:2009 standard. With aerospace manufacturing of a variety of products enabled with our Nanovate metals in our future, pursuing this certification was an easy decision.
The latest issue of Product Finishing Magazine has a great summary article written by Ruben Prado of Navair that looks at performance of Integran's Nanovate CoP process for corrosion and wear protection of steel. This plating process is designed as a direct drop-in hard chrome replacement. It's an electroplated metal with properties that exceed that of hard chrome in many respects. Although the article focussed on some aerospace specific requirements (like fatigue resistance), there are fantasitc industrial, oil and gas and defense applications for the technology.
Toronto-based Integran Technologies Inc. (Integran) today announced further advances in its “Structural metal plating on plastic"” technology (Nanovate™ NP) for enhancing fuel efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by enabling the cost-effective manufacture of lightweight transportation parts.
Today we announced that we received a patent that covers making thermoplastics polymers and thermoset composites vacuum tight by sealing with our fully dense nanocrystalline Nanovate metal plating process. We use this plating process for high strength, vacuum integral metals to impart a high strength, tool steel like, and highly elastic sealing surface.
UMECO posted the press release below for our Nanovate NV coated (aka Nanovar) composite tooling for high lifespan aerospace carbon fiber composite part production. Although they call the finished product "Carbovar" the idea is the same. We take a fully dense nanocrystalline invar that is near a tool steel for hardness, but has good elasticity, and make it into a very thin (200 microns or 0.008") skin that sits overtop of the carbon fiber face sheet. This means that there is no need to remove voids from the carbon face sheet as the Nanovate coating is providing the entire sealing surface.