EDB is a consulting firm based in Pittsburgh (PA). We offer expertise in coatings deposited by physical vapor deposition (PVD) techniques and can help you to improve the quality of your coatings, lower the cost of production, and therefore to increase your revenue. EDB has unique expertise in five areas:
Plasma Assisted Deposition Processes
1. PLASMA ASSISTED DEPOSITION PROCESSES
2. FAILURE INVESTIGATION
We have unique experience in investigating coatings failure.
When coatings experience a failure, we begin our investigation by gathering
technical information on the product and coating and obtain a comprehensive
failure history. We then take a holistic and comprehensive approach to investigating
the problem, including a macro-level analysis. Our methodology allows us to
streamline the failure investigation and eliminate many of the possible causes
of failure. This allows us to focus on the key remaining areas for a more detailed
micro-level analysis. This analysis often includes the use of sophisticated
techniques such as transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and x-ray photoelectron
spectroscopy (XPS). Other techniques are related to tribological properties
such as adhesion tests, micro and nano-indentations, and pin-on-disk measurements.
Once the problem is identified, we focus our energies on delivering innovative solutions for our customers' tribological problems. This often means borrowing a technical solution well known in one industry and transferring the technology to a new application where it hadn't previously been utilized. In addition, we will also frequently identify solutions found in materials technology emerging from universities and national laboratories.
EDB has expertise in the following categories of failure: abrasion, adhesion, fatigue, fretting, friction, lubrication, pitting, scoring, scuffing, seizure, vibration, and wear.
The engineering team for many industrial businesses often lacks the time or expertise to focus on new materials technology. With all the new materials coatings and surface treatments available and developed each year, it is usually a full-time job to stay current with the latest in wear-resistant materials and technologies. When you work with EDB,
* You benefit from objective, unbiased information concerning the best technology for your application.
* We can share the latest technological innovations and explain how they can be leveraged by your company.
* You receive an independent technical perspective on the available vendor options.
EDB’s unique expertise can be applied in many areas of materials technology, product development and manufacturing systems, like aerospace, automotive, biomaterials, defense, electronics, semiconductors, and tools.
EDB specializes in:
Nitrides: TiN, TiCN, CrN, TiAlN, CrAlTiN, TaN.
Carbides: DLC (diamond-like carbon), CNX (carbon nitride), CBN, BN, TiC, CrC, TiCN, WC/C, DLC/Si, CFXHY (carbon fluorides, Teflon-like™ coatings)
Oxides: Al2O3, AlOX, SiOX.
Solid lubricants: MoS2, MoS2TiX, a-C, Ag, Au, Al/Sn.
4. TRAINING COURSES
5. EXPERT WITNESS AND ARBITRATION ADVICE
We can act as expert witnesses for litigation purposes. Cases
range from patent infringements to litigation concerning project disputes between
companies. Our considerable experience in the field of failure investigation
is invaluable for this work.
We act in a completely impartial way during the investigations, and we are able to provide evidence as well as testimony that defend our findings in court.
BENEFITS OF USING EDB COATINGS CONSULTING
EDB offers virtually instant response to organizations that require rapid solutions to their tribological problems. We are proud of the comments we receive from clients regarding our unique responsiveness.
EDB provides practical and relevant solutions to coating failures.
EDB provides impartial advice and has no ties to manufacturing companies. Most of EDB’s clients are organizations that seek the most effective un-biased solution to their problems.
EDB’s conclusions can be accepted by companies, courts of law and governments. EDB can act as Expert Witness in legal cases.
EDB will work on or off site – or at your offices as required.
For further information, contact:
Dr. Esteban D. Broitman
Phone: (412) 268-9537
Fax: (412) 268-7139