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Technology Breakthroughs in Zero-Friction Coatings

  • Report

  • 48 Pages
  • October 2018
  • Region: Global
  • Frost & Sullivan
  • ID: 4663770

Coating Materials that Reduce Friction Between Moving Parts to Improve Performance Efficiency

This report titled “Technology Breakthroughs in Zero Friction Coatings” analyzes newly engineered zero friction coatings that enable industrial machinery, automotive, aerospace equipments to function with high performance. This research service includes a holistic analysis of the different zero friction materials involved in the coatings segment that has the potential to replace existing hard chrome coatings and low performing lubricants.

Insights are provided on the key companies that have been involved in upgrading the stability, performance and cost-effectiveness of zero friction coatings demand. Discussion of geography wise developments in technology trends have also been analyzed and incorporated into the report, along with insights on the future scope and the road ahead for technology developers

Table of Contents

1 Executive Summary
1.1 Research Scope
1.2 Research Methodology
1.3 Key Findings: Development of New Materials and Incorporating Multi-functionality is the Focus of Development
2 Technology Overview
2.1 Zero Friction Coatings Reduce Friction Losses in Machines and Equipment
2.2 High Capabilities of Maintaining Hardness and Improving Toughness, While Imparting Superlubricity
2.3 Eliminates Usage of Toxic Elements in Coatings, Allowing Fouling to be Minimized
2.4 Oxide-based Coatings Find High Adoption Potential as They can be Applied Using Simple Plasma Spray Technology to Form Uniform Coatings
2.5 Diamond-like Carbon Coatings are Homogeneous and Strongly-adhering, and are Characterized by Excellent Chemical Resistance
2.6 Technology is in Early Development Stage, and a Globally Accepted Industry Standard is Required
2.7 Materials Functions in Synergy with the Substrate to Enable Tough and Durable Zero Friction Coatings
3 Industry Assessment
3.1 Drivers and Restraints - Zero Friction Coatings
3.2 Ability to Increase Life-time of Equipment Drives Demand
3.3 Absence of Global Standards on Usage of Zero Friction Coatings is Hindering Wide-scale Adaption
3.4 Zero Friction Coatings with Multifunctionality Eliminate the Need for Multiple Layers of Protection on Substrate
3.5 In North America, Use of Nanotechnology-based Materials as Lubricants, Additives, and Coatings to Tackle Friction is in Focus
3.6 Coatings that Improve Tribological Properties While Meeting Stringent Toxicity Specifications are in Demand
3.7 Development of Coatings that Exhibit Potential as Replacement for Chrome Coatings
3.8 Coatings for High Abrasion Applications Such as Cutting Tools and Machining are Gaining Prominence
3.9 Development of Coatings that Involve the Right Blend of Additives and Binding Agents to Meet Specific Customer Requirements
3.10 In Europe, Graphene-based Coatings and Coatings that can be Applied on Non-ferrous Substrates are of High Interest
3.11 European Companies are Developing Plasma-deposited Coatings Particularly for the Automotive Industry
3.12 In APAC, Research on Graphite- and Polymer-based Coatings is Gaining Prominence
3.13 Focus is on Research and Development of Unique Material Blends and Structures that are Indestructible
3.14 Investments from Chemical and Oil Companies Combined with Government Support are Creating a Conducive Development Environment
4. Intellectual Property Assessment
4.1 Focus of Patent Filings is Toward Coating Applications Involving Extreme Pressure and Abrasion Conditions
4.2 Ford Global Technologies has Highest Number of Granted Patents Intended for Automotive Applications
4.3 Number of Forward Citations is High for Patents Based on Coatings for Components in the Automotive Industry
4.4 Lubrication Compositions, Coatings Composed of Nitrides and Carbon are Amongst High Traction Segments
4.5 Patent Activity is Focused on Protecting Proprietary Coating Compositions that Utilize Novel Materials
5 Future Prospects
5.1 Funding and Research Intensity Are Higher in North America and Europe When Compared to APAC
5.2 Future Focus will be on Development of New Material Composites that will Optimize Co-efficient of Friction and Relative Coating Thickness
5.3 Zero Friction Coatings with High Production Process Controllability Need to be Developed to Meet Futuristic Demands
5.4 New Opportunities Will Open with Ability to Modify Materials to Create Coatings that Meet Changing Consumer Requirements
5.5 New Designs of Complex High Performing Materials Are Evolving According to Industry Needs and New Properties Are Being Explored
6 Key Contacts
6.1 Key Industry/University Contacts
6.2 Legal Disclaimer