Inert Coating Cleanliness is next to Success for our customers.

April 17 2015 Process Analytical


If we had to pick one part of our process that is most critical to a superior inert coating deposition, we would choose surface preparation i.e. surface cleaning.  It turns out, "clean" is also a major buzz word with our customers, and rightfully so.  But how clean is clean?

SilcoTek® serves customers from the oil field to the semiconductor fab and just about everywhere in between.  That means that every customer has their own definition of what "clean" really is.  We receive parts drenched in grease and parts that are considered failures if one particle of dust can be seen under a microscope.  No matter what the expectation is, we take cleanliness very seriously.

Check out our latest edition of On the Surface, it's all about cleaning and purity.  We share some of our cleaning knowledge that has accumulated over the years of working with experts, show you how to clean your coated parts, and, as always, keep you up-to-date with all the exciting developments happening here at SilcoTek.

Here are some highlights:

  • So, how clean really is clean for SilcoTek's CVD process?  Dr. David Smith, R&D Scientist, discusses a few example cases from customers and the solutions used to address the challenges we faced with treating their parts.
  • If you're using coated parts in a dirty environment, you may want
    to clean them after use for optimal performance.  While the surface
    is still perfectly intact, a contaminant-free surface will ensure that
    the corrosion resistance, inertness, and durability of the layer are at
    its peak.  Check out our full coating care guide here (we also include it when we ship your coated parts back to you).
  • Q&A Corner: What if I don't have a perfect substrate for coating?
  • Take a sneak peak at our newest coating, Dursox, a high purity, corrosion resistant silicon oxide barrier coating ideal for semiconductor manufacturing and other applications where purity is critical.