Saw bands are tools that rely on special conditions for coating. The long bands are wound on a tool carrier, the coil. Coating these special steel bands requires vacuum coating chambers specially designed for this type of tools.
When it comes to coating, saw bands also present challenges in terms of coating thickness. To coat the bands, the coils usually have to be unwound and placed in the vacuum chamber in an orderly manner. However, due to varying distances to the target, inconsistent layer growth could occur on parts of the saw band. But this must be avoided at all costs.
In years of development work, PLATIT has incorporated the special features of saw band coating into a custom coating unit. This unit offers excellent solutions for the various problems.
The traditional German company WIKUS has been manufacturing saw bands in various metal and coating qualities since 1958. The Pi603 is the first in-house PVD unit for WIKUS. The unit was built in 2006 and is still performing its coating operations perfectly to this day.
To meet the product-specific requirements of WIKUS, we designed a special turnkey system:
Our concept has proven to be very user-friendly. In accordance with the open-source principle, we have passed on our know-how to WIKUS so that the company can benefit from the advantages of the LARC® cathodes and flexibly compose layers or develop its own coatings.