Recognizing that titanium is highly susceptible to hydrogen pickup or embrittlement, metallurgical engineers at General Magnaplate created a series of coating processes that would preclude any hydrogen absorption. Called CANADIZE, these "synergistic" coatings were used to prevent galling at the joints and in the drive shaft of titanium core-sample drill tubes used in NASA's exploration of the moon. The coatings also prevented contamination of moon rock samples by titanium or other foreign materials.
The CANADIZE process begins with a proprietary cleaning process. The part is then enhanced to the desired thickness in a proprietary solution.
Through predetermined time and current control, a hard ceramic surface is formed. In instances where permanent dry lubrication is desired, one or more carefully selected engineering materials are infused into the surface, i.e. fluorocarbons, polymers, molybdenum disulfides, graphites, or combinations of these well known dry lubricants.
Its lubricity reduces surface friction significantly, allowing the free flow of liquids while resisting the adhesion of contaminates over a broad temperature range.
CANADIZE coating thickness range can be provided from 0.0001" to 0.0005". Precise control of the coating thickness permits use on machine threads and similar close-tolerance parts. Titanium 6AL 4V produces the best ceramic coating - other alloys will not permit more than a thin film. Color can be produced in the lower thickness range. General Magnaplate's engineers are available for consultation regarding optimum thickness recommendations.
- Aircraft components
- Manufacturing equipment
- Rapid-Fire weaponry
- Packaging equipment
- Undersea crafts
- Desalination tubing
- Power tools