Plastic Industry

TRIBODEX™ Range of Cermet Coatings for Feed Screws


Problem :

The extrusion screw is an essential component of a plastic extrusion machine. Through its turning motion inside a tight fitting barrel, the screw conveys the plastic, melts it and forces it through a die. These three steps are carried out in a continuous process capable of producing extrusions in a variety of lengths. These three processes take place at different sections of the screw having varying temperature and pressure due to which the screw is subjected to extreme operating conditions. Moreover the raw material injected through the feeder are extremely abrasive, erosive or corrosive in nature which tends to wear out the flights of the screw and barrel surface, thereby increasing the dimensional clearance and reducing its operational efficiency. If this action is prolonged it might not only affect the quality of end product but eventually cause the operation to cease leading to high downtime and operational losses.

Solution :
TRIBODEXTM DC Range of Coatings

We offer advanced cermet based coatings that endure high abrasion and corrosion as encountered during plastic extrusion process. Coatings prolong operational life of feeder screws without deteriorating performance. In comparison to Hard Chrome plating, Tribodex DC coatings impart 6 - 10x higher operational life.

Finely distributed carbides in metal matrix are deposited on extrusion screw through HP-HVOF process to achieve homogeneity, high hardness and excellent adhesion meant to combat the harshest operating conditions. Our automated and optimized process ensures minimum dilution of carbide crystals which results in coatings with higher strain endurance. Post coating finishing is the most critical part of Tribodex DC coated screws. After coating, the screws are ground and polished to the required dimensions and profile as specified by customer. We have specialized measuring and monitoring instruments dedicated for inspection of screws.

Based on the application and type and extent of wear, we provide two coating option :

  • Full encapsulation
  • Coating on flights
Coating Properties DC07 DC09 DC09-SX
Micro Hardness (HRc) 68 to 72 68 to 73 70 to 74
Abrasion Resistance Very Good Excellent Excellent
Corrosion Resistance Very Good Very Good Very Good
Bond Strength >10000 Psi
Finish Coating Thickness 200 to 275 µm
Surface Finish < 0.4 Ra µm

DC07 is suitable for more corrosive applications and DC09 is more suitable for applications involving high abrasion. DC09-SX is further subjected to ceramic impregnation cycles that make the coating highly impervious and wear resistant. DC09-SX is recommended for applications heavy wear and corrosion.



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