SilcoTek® Coating Terms and Conditions

Preface:

SilcoTek® provides proprietary coating services. Parts shipped to SilcoTek are inspected and photographed to identify any damage or blemishes, and the customer will be contacted if a problem is discovered. All parts are cleaned, coated, and shipped back to our customers after undergoing final inspection.

Many of our customers use SilcoTek coatings in proprietary applications that are unfamiliar to us. Determination of the suitability of our coatings for the customers’ applications is the responsibility of customer.

Quotes and Prices:

All quotes and prices are in U.S. dollars and do not include shipping, taxes, or other charges such as customs, storage, and broker fees.

All quotes are valid for 60 days.

Shipping:

Customer is responsible for shipping products to SilcoTek and the return shipment back to the customer. Any costs related to shipping, insurance, customs, and related is the responsibility of the customer.

Delivery and shipment should be made to SilcoTek at: 225 PennTech Dr., Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, 16823, USA.

Delays and Turnaround Time:

SilcoTek® is committed to a quick turnaround time, generally, 10 days or less. To achieve a quick turnaround, any failure to object to these terms within a 24 hour period shall be considered acceptance of these terms. If a coating is required on a priority basis, the customer must inform Customer Service, and every effort will be made to meet your timing needs. SilcoTek will inform the customer of delays. Unless otherwise stated in SilcoTek’s quotation, delivery dates are estimates only and are based, among other things, on the timely receipt of full and final technical information from Customer. However, SilcoTek shall not be liable for any loss, liability, damages (whether direct, indirect or consequential) or other obligations because of any delay or failure to deliver all or any part of any order for any reason, including, without limitation, SilcoTek’s active or passive negligence or any cause beyond SilcoTek’s control.

Limitation of Damages:

SilcoTek’s liability is limited to refunding or crediting customers with the cost of coating services as more fully set forth in the warranty contained herein. SilcoTek is not responsible for damage to customer parts, or to damages caused in end-use applications, or other consequential damages as a result of the failure or non-performance of our proprietary coatings.

SilcoTek is not responsible for damage during shipping and customers are advised to obtain insurance to cover loss or damage.

Payment:

Terms are net 30 days.

Disassembly of Products:

All products should be sent disassembled. Parts will be returned after coating disassembled.  Disassembly and reassembly of parts is the responsibility of the customer, SilcoTek is not able to disassemble or reassemble parts.

Cleaning Parts:

Parts shipped to SilcoTek should be clean upon receipt and not covered with dirt, oil, paint or other matter. If we receive parts that require additional cleaning, we will contact the customer to discuss the problem. This may delay processing your parts and Customer may incur additional charges.

Confidentiality and Intellectual Property Rights:

SilcoTek® is committed to maintaining strict confidentiality. We do not divulge any information regarding proprietary parts we coat for our customers. Likewise, the coatings and coating processes are proprietary to SilcoTek and cannot be disclosed.

The fact that we coat common products such as valves, fittings, and tubing is well known and in the public domain.

Proper Law:

All quotations and orders are subject to the Laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the United States of America. If any provisions of these Terms and Conditions are found to be invalid or unenforceable, that term or provision shall be stricken and the remaining provisions shall remain in force.

Imports or shipments of parts and products contrary to U.S. law and the applicable export laws and regulations is prohibited.

Assignment:

Customer shall not assign any rights or duties under these terms and contracts and the contract of sale without the written consent of SilcoTek.

Arbitration:

If, at any time, a dispute shall arise between SilcoTek and one of our customers, both parties agree to settle their differences through binding arbitration under the rules of the American Arbitration Association of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Special Contracts:

For customers that have special needs that fall outside these Terms and Conditions, we recommend a specific contract. SilcoTek does not accept any terms outside of these Terms and Conditions, unless signed by an authorized representative of SilcoTek.

Warranty:

SilcoTek® warrants its coatings to be free from defects for a period of ninety (90) days from date of delivery. In the event of a defect, SilcoTek will recoat the parts. In no event will SilcoTek be liable to Customer or any third party for damages greater than the price of the coating.

If SilcoTek is unable to recoat the parts, it will refund the purchase price of said defective coating. This shall be the sole warranty of SilcoTek.

SilcoTek expressly disclaims any other expressed or implied warranties, including but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchant ability and fitness for a particular purpose. SilcoTek shall not be liable for any direct, indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages of any kind. No oral or written advice or information provided by SilcoTek shall create any warranty. The foregoing states the entire liability of SilcoTek with respect to product warranty.

SilcoTek will not be liable for any loss of use, interruption of business, or any indirect, special incidental, or consequential damages of any kind (including lost profits) regardless of the form of action, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), strict product liability, or otherwise, even if SilcoTek has been advised of the possibility of such damages.

No indemnification required to be provided by SilcoTek pursuant to any agreement with Customer or otherwise shall be deemed to override the foregoing limitations and disclaimers, and the foregoing shall govern in the event of any inconsistency. SilcoTek will not be responsible for the payment of labor for the removal of the defective parts, the transportation or shipping costs incurred in providing or securing the foregoing warranty service, or the payment of labor for the reinstallation of the repaired and/or recoated parts, and Customer must follow SilcoTek’s reasonable instructions regarding procedures for returns. The determination of whether its coatings fail to meet specifications or are otherwise defective, as aforesaid, shall be within SilcoTek’s reasonable judgment.

Indemnity of Seller by Buyer/Customer:

Customer shall indemnify and hold SilcoTek harmless against all damages, direct or indirect, claims, or expenses, including reasonable attorneys’ fees arising out of or relating to SilcoTek coatings and their application.

 

 Disclaimers

1.  Critical Surfaces

Please identify all critical surface finishes and sealing surfaces on components being sent for coating. Either mark sensitive areas with tape or note in accompanying drawings.

 

2.   Lubricants and contaminants

Please notify SilcoTek of any surface oils, greases, process fluids, contaminants or other chemicals existing on or inside parts to be coated by SilcoTek.

Fluorinated lubricants, like Krytox®, can potentially interfere with the coating process, resulting in poor coating deposition. Notify SilcoTek of part exposure to or use of fluorinated lubricants.

Failure to notify SilcoTek of fluorinated lubricant exposure may result in poor coating quality and additional service charges relating to additional surface cleaning and surface preparation cost relating to fluorinated lubricant removal from part surfaces.

SilcoTek cannot accept/process parts containing hazardous chemicals or parts that are contaminated with hazardous chemicals. Parts must be free of hazardous materials prior to shipment to SilcoTek for coating services.

Paint or other surface coatings must be removed from part surfaces prior to shipment to SilcoTek for coating.

 

3.   Internal seals

Please be sure to check internal cavities for pressed-in or other seals. Remove all internal and external seals before coating.

 

4.   Pipe Threads

To assure a quality coated surface, it is important that all pipe threads be free of PTFE (Teflon®) tape. Assembled pipe threads cannot be processed. The heat of the reaction will cause threads to gall, resulting in damaged parts.

 

5.   Sample Cylinders

All stickers, paints, PTFE tape, etc. must be removed from cylinders and threads prior to sending to SilcoTek.  Cylinders must also be free of Teflon® or other coatings.  These materials will be vaporized in the 450° C CVD process and contaminate the batch.  Be sure to completely disassemble all sampling devices and sample cylinders prior to shipment to SilcoTek for coating services.

 

6.   Valves

SilcoTek will coat all stainless steel wetted surfaces of your disassembled valve. Please be sure to completely disassemble the valve and be sure to remove all seats or o-rings before shipping your parts to us.

 

7.   Glass

Heat during processing may cause internal stress/imperfections in glass to fail. SilcoTek is not responsible for heat related damage/chipping or breakage of glass products resulting from heating of customer supplied glass items.

 

8.  Tubing

Tube sections sent for coating with pre-seated ferrules increase the likelihood for leaks. Please send tubing sections without nuts and ferrules pre-set.

Coiled tubing is processed internally only, and requires the attachment of process leads to each end using standard tube fittings, nuts and ferrules to attain a gas-tight seal.  Allow an extra six inches of tubing on both ends to be use and remove during processing. Tubing ends will be cut with a standard tubing cutter after processing and capped for return shipment

Coiled tubing that is processed internally will be returned to you with the outside of the tubing appearing brown. This change in color is due to the processing and is oxidation of the exterior caused by exposure to high temperatures.

Please send tubing on a metal spool or bound coil. Wooden spools cannot be placed into the processing ovens.

 

9.     Aluminum

While we have coated aluminum substrates upon customer requests, this product is unqualified and has not been characterized.  The appearance of our coatings on Aluminum substrates is significantly different than on stainless steel substrates. The large variations in appearance uniformity and possible porosity are outside the specifications of a quality coating on a stainless steel substrate. The porous and uneven coating may not be inert or as corrosion resistant to the standards we publish for our coatings on stainless steel substrates. Additionally, the coating process may compromise dimensional tolerances and structural integrity of aluminum substrates.

Customers requesting coating services for aluminum substrates should consider potential finished product appearance issues, degraded coating performance, changes in dimensional tolerances and reduced structural integrity before electing to coat aluminum surfaces. SilcoTek is not responsible for degraded part or coating performance issues associated with aluminum substrates

 

10 Packaging

Please be sure to package heavy parts properly to avoid any part-to-part contact that may result in damage to parts during transportation.  Packaging peanuts and bubble wrap may not be sufficient to protect your parts.

Please inform us of any special handling, packaging or shipping requirements.