Investment casting
Lost wax technology
Investment casting of steels and special alloys. Typically individual parts or short series with highly sophisticated shape are processed. Preformed ceramic cores enhance casting specific parts with internal cavities, long holes etc. Tooling may be covered and for most of the products machining and finishing and heat treatment are available on request. The quartz based technology is routinely applied for manufacturing components in the mass range of 5 to 500 g, but parts up to 5 kg may be offered.
Average weight: 0.150 kg (mostly small engineering components, like sewing machine parts, special fittings, parts for security locks a.o).
Heat treatment & Surface engineering
PLASMATERM is also specialized in heat treatment and surface engineering. With over 30 years of experience in this field, the company offers a wide range of consulting services and contract heat treating in the field of plasma nitriding and plasma nitrocarburising. As a former research institute for heat treatment and surface engineering specific research and technological development is offered. PLASMATERM is part of a worldwide network of specialists in surface engineering with an active role in the International Federation For Heat Treatment and Surface Engineering (IFHTSE) (it's managing director serving as IFHTSE president in the period 1998-2000).
For more information on the International Federation For Heat Treatment and Surface Engineering
We offer
High quality castings, delivered according to customer's drawings and technical specifications (with or without heat treatment, etc.). Tooling is covered but master samples and customers own pattern dies are accepted as well. The cost of tooling may be included in the price of the parts or may be separately quoted (tools are property of the customer).
Materials and specifications
Materials include plain carbon and low alloyed steels, stainless steels, high-alloy tool steels or special alloys. Ductile iron or copper base nonferrous alloys are also processed. Dimensional accuracy, surface roughness and other geometrical specifications are according to the German Norm VDG P690. Standard delivery covers quality certification (composition, mechanical properties, surface quality and dimensional accuracy).
Testing Materials
Testing materials covers composition analysis, mechanical properties, metallography. Specific technological tests (porosity, pressure test, etc.) may be covered on request. Failure analysis of engineering components is a special field of interest.