ABOUT US

HIGH-END WEAR PROTECTION MADE IN SAXONY

We are a startup company associated with the Mittweida University of Applied Sciences and offer innovative and highly wear-resistant carbon coatings with outstanding features. Since March 2020 we have been funded by the “EXIST Transfer of Research” programme of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and the European Social Fund.

As a result of years of research, it is possible for us to produce highly wear-resistant carbon laers that differ significantly from the wear protection coatings currently available on the market. These are specific representatives of the Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC), which are unrivalled in terms of their features to date.

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Our process allows very high indentation hardness grades of up to 70 GPa (cf. diamond: H = 100 GPa), whereby the coatings become extremely resistant to various wear mechanisms.

Due to the low surface roughness and the resulting low friction coefficient, these layers are also predestined for applications in which the lowest possible friction is of vital importance.

Low temperatures during the layer deposition (<90 °C) make it possible to coat various metals and alloys as well as temperature-sensitive materials such as synthetics.

In addition to being used for wear protection, our ta-C coatings offer a wide range of other possible uses, e.g. in medical technology, the food industry or sensor technology due to their chemical resistance, biocompatibility, structurability and dopability.

We already have the system technology to produce small batches, samples and prototypes. Currently, we are looking for interested customers, cooperation partners and investors.

Hagen Grüttner

CEO

David Haldan

CTO

Johannes Maus

Marketing & Sales

Jan Bretschneider

Business Development & Controlling

MAXIMUM HARDNESS AND MINOR SURFACE ROUGHNESS

INNOVATION: ta-C WITH ZERO INTRINSIC STRESS

The innovation consists in the possibility – due to a process developed and patented by us – to produce maximum hard and mechanically stable ta-C layers in any thickness due to their freedom from tension for the first time. For a large variety of applications, this represents a considerable added value compared to the DLC layers conventionally available on the market.

Another advantage of our process is the high surface quality of the produced layers. The mean average roughness is less than 100 nm. Therefore, curing of the layers for tribological applications is not necessary.

ANTACON is providing DLC ​​or ta-C layers with the mentioned features for the first time.

Layer Properties

DLC & ta-C

The abbreviation “ta-C” stands for hydrogen-free tetrahedral amorphous carbon layers.

Regarding ta-C layers in general, it should be clarified that these belong to the group of DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) layers. The term “DLC” according to VDI guideline 2840 is a collective term for a whole group of amorphous carbon layers. DLC layers can be produced diversely and may have different compositions.

Our ta-C layers produced by means of pulsed laser deposition are the hardest modification among the DLC layers due to the high particle energies during the deposition and due to their absence of hydrogen.

Our DLC and ta-C layers are characterized by the following features and the resulting advantages:

  • extreme hardness » high wear resistance
  • variable coat thickness » due to the absence of tension
  • minor friction coefficient » increased energy efficiency
  • high chemical resistance » resistant to aggressive media
  • biocompatibility » suitable for medical uses applications for food technology
  • dopability » adjustable electrical or bio-chemical properties
  • very good adhesion to a broad range of materials » widely applicable
  • infinitely variable hardness profiles » application-specific layer designs
 

COATINGS

OUR PRODUCTS AT A GLANCE

ANTACON sTAC60

Material: C
Structure: amorphous
Nano-hardness HIT[GPa]: > 60
Intrinsic stress [GPa]: minimum 0,1
Coating thickness [µm]: no limitation
Friction coefficient (dry angainst steel): 0,1
Average roughness Ra [µm]: < 0,1
Deposition temperature [°C]: < 90
Max. operating temperature [°C]: <500

ANTACON DLC40

Material: C
Structure: amorphous
Nano- hardness HIT[GPa]: 35-45
Intrinsic stress [GPa]: 4-5
Coating thickness [µm]: < 6
Friction coefficient (dry against steel) : 0,1
Average roughness Ra [µm]: < 0,1
Deposition temperature [°C]: < 90
Max. operating temperature [°C]: 300-400

ANTACON DLC25

Material: C
Structure: amorph
Nano- hardness HIT[GPa]: 20-30 GPa
Intrinsic stress [GPa]: ~ 1
Coating thickness [µm]: < 10
Friction coefficient (dry against steel): 0,1
Average roughness Ra [µm]: < 0,1
Deposition temperature [°C]: < 90
Max. operating temperature [°C]: 300-400

ANTACON Custom

Material: C
Structure: amorphous
Film architecture: Mono-, Gradient- or Multilayer
Nano- hardness HIT[GPa]: 25 bis 70 (adjustable)
Intrinsic stress [GPa]: 12-0,1 (adjustable)
Coating thickness [µm]: 0,1-10
Max. operating temperature [°C]: up to 500

POSSIBLE APPLICATIONS

OF ANTACON ta-C

Tools

Components

Automotive

Medical Technology

Food Industry & Pharmaceutical Industry

ta-C WITH ZERO INTRINSIC STRESS
ADVANTAGES AT A GLANCE
  • extreme hardness » high wear resistance
  • variable coat thickness » due to the absence of tension
  • minor friction coefficient » increased energy efficiency
  • high chemical resistance » resistant to aggressive media
  • biocompatibility » suitable for medical uses applications for food technology
  • dopability » adjustable electrical or bio-chemical properties
  • very good adhesion to a broad range of materials » widely applicable
  • infinitely variable hardness profiles » application-specific layer designs

ANTACON’S SERVICES

WE OFFER YOU

Job coating service

We cover your tools and components with our highly innovative coatings, which offer you wear protection at the highest level.

Layer Design

Depending on the application and the parent material, only ultra-hard layers are not always ideal.

If a relatively strong deformation of the tools or components occurs in a certain case of loading, the high elastic modulus of ultra-hard layers can have a negative impact on the stability of the overall system. In order to compensate for this and still be able to use the outstanding features of our ta-C layers, we also offer multilayer coatings and gradient layers, which are optimised for your application with the help of computer-aided simulation.

Samplings

You are not sure whether our coatings are suitable for your application? Let’s try!

Even with the best technical understanding, every application is unique and not theoretically describable and calculable in all facets.

Therefore, we offer you the opportunity to work with us to find the ideal solution for your requirements by means of compact feasibility studies right up to prototyping.

Consulting

We are happy to turn your request into our challenge. Get in contact and we will be glad to advise you on a solution that works for you.

Layer Analysis

We have a wide range of analysis technology available and offer you the following services:

  • materials analysis using EDX
  • scanning electron microscopy
  • hardness measurements using micro and nano indentation
  • coating thickness measurements (tactile and calotte grinding)
  • adhesion test (Rockwell penetration test and scratch test)
  • determination of the friction coefficient (pin on disc and scratch)
  • Raman spectroscopy
  • UV/VIS spectroscopy

PLD

TECHNOLOGY

The layers are produced via pulsed laser deposition.

In the first step, a pulsed laser beam is focused on a target (source for the layer-forming particles), which generates a directed particle flow that moves in the direction of the object to be coated and thus forms the layer. In general, for the production of DLC or ta-C layers, regardless of the production process, it should be noted that these must always be produced in a vacuum process. With increasing hardness, they are always accompanied by high compressive stresses (up to 12 GPa). Only with appropriate countermeasures is it possible to produce such layers in a mechanically stable manner and in any thickness.

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Our patented process for the relaxation of layers is based on the fact that the layers are deposited alternately with a thickness of a few tenths of a µm and then annealed by laser irradiation. This leads to an almost complete relaxation of the individual sublayers. The alternating process can be repeated as often as required, whereby any thickness and tension-free ta-C layers with maximum hardness can be produced.

LESS WEAR
DUE TO RESEARCH

We work closely with the laser institute of the Mittweida University, which enables us to deal with demanding problems. We would be happy to work with you to develop individually customized solutions for your application.

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ANTACON GmbH

Place:
Schillerstraße 10
09648 Mittweida
Tel.: +49 (0) 3727 / 95- 92951
Fax: +49 (0) 3727 / 58-21334
E-Mail: info[at]antacon.de
Web: www.antacon.com