Flame Spray Coatings
Flame Spray Coating is an all-encompassing term for many thermal spray processes. As the name implies, a flame is the heat/energy source where materials are transformed to a semi-molten state. The heat and kinetic energy required vary by process, resulting in a wide variety of porosity, bond strength, oxide content, and transformation of phase structure.
Metalizing is another term for the general thermal spray process. As technology advances, processes such as HVOF, plasma electric arc, and cold spray have been categorized as processes using a combination of heat and kinetic energy to create continued advancements. Processes developed with varying combinations of gas/melting capabilities, gas pressures, material injection methods, nozzle designs, etc., allow opportunities for the advancement of surface enhancement technologies.
ASB Industries understands the critical importance of using quality materials and techniques to create specific characteristics in thermal spray applications. Our flame spray technologies include all established processes as well as research and development. We work with our customers to understand their critical project goals and create a thermal spray coating process that meets their requirements.
Flame Sprays invention in the early 20th century began in Switzerland by Dr.Max Ulrick Schoop. There are two stories on how Dr. Schoop made his discovery; the first is that he noticed how mud stuck to the wall when playing with his son or when the father and son were playing with a toy canon firing lead bullets noticing the deformation of the pellets. Working with molten metal then evolving into what is called the flame spray gun by melting powder lead to be the beginnings of flame spray technologies. One of his early guns can be seen in the ASB's history showcase in our Barberton, Ohio production facility.
Flame spray coating continues to evolve worldwide with a strong base of established applications with material and equipment development touching all parts of the world.
ASB Industries is noted as a company with early contact with inventors of the HVOF-High Velocity Oxygen Fuel Process and the High Pressure Cold Spray System—receiving multiple equipment patents. The flame spray technologies are rooted as ASB Industries core business—making equipment and components last longer in demanding environments.
Contact ASB Industries to get us started on the flame spray coatings your project requires.