Integran News Blog

Mil-Spec released for Nanovate CoP - hard chrome alternative coating

Posted on Mon, Aug 18, 2014

Integran is pleased to announce that a Mil-Spec covering Integran's proprietary Nanovate CoP technology has been issued.  (Click text below to open spec, or go to the external website here)

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Tags: Aerospace, Nanovate CoP, Corrosion and Wear, Hard Chrome Replacement, Navair, Defense, Licensing, Cost Reduction, Chrome Alternative, Specifications

Adhesion of Metals Plated onto Plastics

Posted on Thu, Apr 11, 2013

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).  

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Tags: Structural Plating, Plating on Plastics, Structural Plating on Plastics, Patents, Aerospace, Defense, Space

Integran Achieves Key AS9100C:2009 Aerospace Certification

Posted on Tue, Jan 08, 2013

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.

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Tags: Structural Plating, Quality Assurance, Aerospace, Nanovate CoP, Corrosion and Wear, Magnetic Shielding, Chrome Replacement, Hard Chrome Replacement

Nanovate CoP - Takes the Hex Out of Chrome Plating

Posted on Sat, Dec 01, 2012

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.

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Tags: Aerospace, Nanovate CoP, Corrosion and Wear, Chrome Replacement, Hard Chrome Replacement, Navair

Integran Advances its Lightweight Part Manufacturing Technology for the Transportation Sector

Posted on Tue, Oct 16, 2012

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.

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Tags: Structural Plating, Aerospace, Automotive, Defense

Vacuum-tight metal for sealing thermoplastic and composite parts

Posted on Wed, Sep 12, 2012

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.

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Tags: Aerospace, Composite Lay-up Tooling

Nanovar lightweight and durable tooling technology ready for scale up

Posted on Tue, May 22, 2012

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.

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Tags: Aerospace, Composite Lay-up Tooling, Low CTE, Licensing