Industrial Applications

Coatings and Surface Refinement

Bruker’s surface refinement solutions help ensure superior product quality and performance by enabling scientists to verify that product coatings are defect-free and correct for application-specific service conditions

Driving Cross-Industry Improvement in Coating Integrity and Fit

Functional and protective coatings both contribute to and protect product excellence, improving operational outcomes and end-user experiences across industries.

The purpose, characteristics, and critical specifications of industrial coatings vary greatly between applications. Yet surface refinement is an essential quality control and failure analysis process whether a product features an bioactive, photovoltaic, insular, or protective polymer coating. To do this, industrial firms rely on a broad range of tools for tribological characterization of coatings as well as performance and defect analysis. 

Our surface refinement solutions support the investigation of coating specifications, imperfections, and degradation. Assessing roughness, thickness, adhesion, homogeneity, and performance at the nanoscale enables product engineers to understand and anticipate how coatings will withstand the rigors of their designated use. Resultant surface refinements enhance product capability and integrity.

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Ceramics and Inorganic Coatings

Metallic and other inorganic amorphous coatings – including nanoscale and micro-nano ceramics – are essential to creating products that perform better, longer. Our instruments help scientists identify defects and create novel coatings that protect against corrosion, wear, and other forms of degradation, preventing avoidable mechanical failures and productivity losses.
Epitaxial Films

Epitaxial Films

Compared to conventional fabrication techniques, epitaxial film production uses more streamlined and cost-effective processes to yield better operational outcomes. We provide solutions for product/process development and quality control of epitaxial films, helping product engineers investigate composition and thickness in epitaxial layers of most materials via scalable processes.
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Organic Films

Organic coatings protect surfaces from scratches, damage, corrosion and/or improve the visual appearance of a product. In addition, coatings can functionalize surfaces to improve wettability and electrical and thermal insulation. Their quality control is of utmost importance.
Surface Treatments

Surface Treatments

In addition to using coatings for extrinsic surface modification, manufacturers can perform a variety of surface treatment processes to intrinsically alter critical surface characteristics. Bruker provides solutions enabling scientists and engineers to investigate the tribological properties of these treatments and develop novel treatments that enhance functionality and durability.