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Materials and Coatings Development and Processing

AZ Technology’s coatings and materials processing capabilities include coatings development, formulation, testing and analysis in addition to undertaking custom or tailored coatings to meet specific optical or electrical resistivity requirements.  AZ Technology also has material synthesis and processing facilities that allow us to effectively control material properties and quality to aid in meeting long term stability requirements for use in space and other harsh environments. 

AZ Specialists Coating Space Hardware
Space Station Communications Box Coated with AZ's  Thermal Control and Electrostatic Dissipative Coating

AZ Technology’s thick film capability is facilitated by state-of-the-art equipment. High volume, low pressure (HVLP) turbine type systems are used to deposit coatings onto components with complex geometry.  Our primary coating deposition facility is capable of handling components up to twelve square feet (3.6 m2) depending upon configuration.  This facility can maintain a controlled environment during deposition and cure with respect to particulate, temperature and humidity.  Our other two coating deposition facilities are much larger and can accommodate hardware up to as much as 300 square feet (4 m X 7 m), again dependent on shape and configuration.  In addition, AZ Technology deposition facilities are equipped with all necessary equipment for formulating, compounding and testing coatings to ensure batch-to-batch consistency and quality in the final product.  To complement our well equipped deposition facilities, AZ Technology is staffed with expert personnel dedicated to quality.

High Temperature Furnaces
High Temperature Furnaces
AZ's Custom-Built Ultra-High Vacuum Chamber
Space Environment Effects Testing System (SEETS) with LPSR 300V attached

AZ Technology has high temperature synthesis laboratory facilities.  The high temperature ceramics processing facility has the capability to process materials up to 1700 C with a controlled atmosphere through purging with a variety of gases.  In addition to a well equipped facility, AZ Technology has and utilizes a multidisciplinary staff to meet our customer’s most demanding specialty coating requirements.

AZ Technology facilities also include extensive material testing capabilities. Standard coating physical properties testing such as adhesion, abrasion resistance, optical properties (solar absorption, emittance, reflectance, and transmittance), density analysis, electrical conductivity determination and evaluation of effects of exposure to UV can be performed. AZ Technology has also developed and built a space environmental effects testing system (SEETS) to evaluate coatings expected to be exposed to the harsh conditions in space. These in-house capabilities are necessary for the development of tailored paints and coatings for use in space and other harsh environments. We also offer these measurement and testing services to customers on coated and uncoated materials on a sample-by-sample basis.

 

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