• INOMETA – The right coating for any application. 7 questions about functional surfaces.

INOMETA – The right coating for any application. 7 questions about functional surfaces.

At K2019, INOMETA will be focusing heavily on its customers’ applications. In all business areas, INOMETA will be presenting functional surfaces and special coatings developed for use in the films, converting and printing industries.

Today, as we look ahead to the K2019 trade fair, we want to give you a preview of the products you can expect to see. Join us as we take a tour around the INOMETA production halls with Account Manager Sören Schmieder.

What can we expect from INOMETA with regards to functional surfaces at this year’s K trade fair in Düsseldorf?

This year, we will be presenting application-oriented coating solutions for rollers that are used throughout the value chain. From film production to coating, laminating, printing, winding and cutting. When presenting these solutions, we will discuss these processes in detail and perform demonstrations at various displays to showcase what our special solutions can do. Visitors to the stand can look forward to a wide range of exciting products that will be used to explain the relevant application solutions.

No roller without its coating. Can you describe the range of surface technology products and services that INOMETA now offers its customers?

INOMETA has a very diverse range of products and services in this segment. We operate highly modern coating systems for thermal spraying and use sophisticated casting and winding methods and furnace technology. Our impressive machine technology enables us to equip rotationally symmetrical with a wide range of materials. These include ceramics, carbides and metal alloys, as well as composites, polymers and fluoropolymers. Our focus is always on coating roller substrates made of steel, aluminium and CFRP/GFRP in line with the typical INOMETA quality standards and precision.

Does INOMETA also develop customer-specific surfaces to solve a specific problem?

This is part of our day-to-day business. The ever-changing requirements involved in our customers’ processes means that we have to constantly develop our range of coating products and services. We are happy to make these developments and take pride in every assignment in which we are able to work together with our customers to find the right solution.

Can you describe the process by which customers decide on the right surface and how their rollers should be equipped with this surface?

It would be great if there were a defined process that made it possible to choose the best coating system for the relevant applications every time. In practice, however, it is slightly more complicated than this. In many cases, this process involves us meeting several times with our customers to look over the application as a whole, and then working together with the customer to find the best solution. The benefit we offer over other companies is that we have many years of experience in applications from different sectors and a massive range of coating products and services.

And which properties can these functional surfaces have?

Today, functional surfaces offer a wide range of different properties. I will briefly summarise the most important functions:

  • Wear and corrosion protection
  • Anti-stick properties
  • Electrical conductivity
  • Electrical insulation
  • Good grip and traction properties
  • Sliding properties
  • Minimal surface roughness to prevent marks being left on films

What is your particular trade fair highlight when it comes to coating technologies?

One-to-one surface solutions that we still use today in a wide range manufacturing processes, for example, in the hazardous areas segment for film coating, in corona pre-treatment or in the web guidance of films that are sensitive to scratching. I am already looking forward to all the discussions that will take place at the K trade fair and the opportunity to demonstrate our coating solutions using a wide range of different products. We will have the right solution for almost any application.

The production of technical films, especially for optical applications, or separator films, for example, is a major topic for your customers. What are the requirements for these incredibly thin substrates in terms of their surface properties and what leve

In addition to properties such as traction, anti-stick behaviour, corrosion and wear protection, some customers also require special surface topographies. For example, some customers require minimal surface roughness or defined surface structures. In these cases, our goal is to constantly advance what is technically possible.

INOMETA at K2019

You can find out more about this topic and many others surrounding functional surfaces at K 2019. You can book an appointment with us in advance. To do this, simply get in touch with us using the contact form.

We’ll see you at K2019 – 16–23/10

INOMETA – Hall 4, Stand A43

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