BryCoat Titanium CarboNitride (TiCN) Coatings

Titanium CarboNitride or Carbo-Nitride (TiCN) is a thin film coating that was developed from Titanium Nitride. TiCN offers slightly higher hardness compared to TiN and can show a slightly lower friction coefficient in many applications. It is primarily used to achieve enhanced abrasive wear resistance. TiCN has a lower temperature limit for service temperature.

Titanium CarboNitride (TiCN) Coating

  • Hard (harder than TiN, harder than carbide, 3X hard chrome)
  • Enhanced abrasion resistance
  • Extremely strong adhesion—molecular bond to substrate metal.
  • Broad range of substrates
  • Thin film typically 3 µm (0.000118”)thick
  • Uniform coating with no buildup on edges
  • Follows surface texture of the part
  • Non-toxic and FDA compliant
  • Grayish metal appearance
  • Environmentally friendly process

Use TiCN for:

  • Better abrasive wear resistance than TiN.
  • Lower high temperature tolerance than TiN.
  • Eliminates galling, fretting, microwelding, seizing and adhesive wear
  • Smooth operation of moving components
  • Wear resistance on precision components
  • Holds sharp edges or corners
  • Erosion resistance
  • Low Friction
  • Little dimensional impact, perfect for close tolerance parts

TiCN Coatings General Information

  • Can withstand elevated temperatures up to 400°C (750°F) in air.
  • Harder than TiN. But, not as tough as TiN. Does not outperform TiN in all applications.
  • Less universal than TiN.
  • Beats TiN for abrasive wear applications
  • Is not a single material. No TiCN molecule exists. Rather it is a complex structure consisting of TiN and TiC bonds in a crystalline matrix. TiCN is a proprietary multilayered or graded architecture design.
  • No uniform specification exists for a TiCN material.
  • Custom designs are possible.
  • Can be applied to most metals to provide enhanced surface characteristics, and can also be applied to some ceramics and plastics
  • Is harder than carbide and chrome, off the Rockwell C scale.
  • Is non-toxic—used for medical surgical devices and food processing equipment
  • Is dense and non-porous
  • Tools typically last 3 to 10 times longer than uncoated tools.
  • Is typically 3 micrometers or .0001” thick
  • Has a uniform thickness that follows the contour of the part’s surface
  • Forms an outstanding bond to the base material that will not blister, flake or chip
  • Thin film coating applied by environmentally safe, Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) vacuum system
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