DECOLINE II - Decorative Coatings

3D Coating - for both Decorative Coatings and Functional Applications

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Whether in the cosmetics sector or the automotive sector – metallic quality surfaces are needed more than ever for 3D coatings in the decorative sector. However, the coating of sensitive hardware is usually an expensive step. A new, fully automated 3D coating inline system for decorative coatings is able to operate directly from the big pack to the finished product, saving time-consuming manual work. This is especially true for high-end cosmetic products as processes in bulk are not always possible, nor desirable from a surface protection standpoint.

SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES offers the second generation of inline coating solutions for fully automated handling and coating of 3D parts. From loading to packaging, the process is fully automated and not one manual step is necessary – at a cycle time of only 0.4 seconds per component. This manufacturing solution is interesting for applying decorative coatings as well as functional coatings automotive, consumer goods, sanitary, mobile phones and packaging used in the cosmetics or beverage industry.

Decorative Coatings from SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES!

3D Vacuum Coating System DECOLINE II – Performance & Characteristics

Great Individual Design Variety

  • Wide range of different target materials e.g. Al, CuAl, Cr, Ag, Au, and stainless steel
  • UV-curable monocure top coat lacquers from high glossy and matt finish surfaces
  • UV-curable monocure lacquers compatible with pigments or dyes for colored base and top coat finishing
  • Wide process window for different substrate shapes and layer thicknesses
  • All UV-curable monocure lacquers are printable with pad printing (tampon printing) or hot stamping foil

Effective, Economical, Flexible

  • Inline metallization and spraying technology
  • Flexibility of design and appearance of finished products
  • Different materials can be metallized and lacquered, e.g. plastics, glass, metal or ceramics
  • Production tool with modular configuration

Controlled, Precise, Intelligent

  • Fully automated production tool with integrated process control
  • Compact process modules with innovative media and process management
  • Flexible and robust substrate transport system
  • Consistent flow conditions from process step to process step
  • Easy change of sputter layer thicknesses
  • Universal handling and clip system, flexible and fast change of production

Clean, Safe, User-friendly

  • Safe for operators, environmental and reliable process
  • Fully integrated loading/unloading for all process modules
  • Reliable and clean sputtering process, highest coating quality, high uptime and no environmental impact
  • Compact spray coating module, capable for primer/base coat, colored and/or scratch resistant/top coat lacquer
  • Integrated SINGULUS developed UV-lamps
  • Collection and direct recycling of overspray possible
  • Quick-change lacquer supply tank for lacquer color changes: Highest uptime and productivity by offline cleaning of lacquer supply tank
  • Excellent accessibility of the process chamber modules and chambers from all sides through the separation of process and installation modules

The new DECOLINE II inline coating system is the next developmental level in vacuum coating and product handling:

  • Brilliant layers on 3-dimensional parts
  • Individual design variety
  • Elimination of batch processes
  • UV-curing for protection lacquer
  • Inline spray coating & metallization
  • Fully automated processing
  • High productivity and flexibility
  • Low cost of ownership
  • Environment-friendly

The DECOLINE II 3D vacuum coating system distinguishes itself with versatile options in realizing different layer configurations. Not only decorative, but also functional coatings could be applied. Thinkable approaches are antibacterial coatings, EMV-shielding, electrical conductive layer (e.g. on electroplating components before the actual electroplating) or antennas. Each electrical conductive and non-magnetic metal and its alloys can be used as a metallic layer. This is a clear unique selling point, compared to batch processes, in which the selection of possible coating materials is much more limited.

Basic Concept of DECOLINE II 3D Vacuum Coating System

The different spray coating modules and the vacuum sputtering module of the DECOLINE II are interlinked by an innovative flexible inline concept. The DECOLINE II distinguishes itself from the traditional batch processes and satisfies with its inline concept all the prerequisites to revolutionize the existing production of 3D parts. By using high-quality layers the decorative coatings as well as and functional coatings are significantly improved.

Base Coat Lacquering System (Optional)

  • UV-base lacquering system
  • Solvent allowance up to 50 %
  • Recycling of lacquering material possible
  • Significant cost reduction by most efficient material consumption
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3D Coating

  • Sputtering process
  • Cycle time per carrier: down to 6 seconds
  • Up to 18 parts on one carrier
  • Part rotation during sputtering process
  • Equipped with two cathodes
    • Target materials e.g.: Al, Cu, Cr, Zr, CuAl, Ag, Au, Stainless Steel
    • Perfect layer uniformity and high deposition rates, even on complex 3-dimensional substrate shapes
    • Reliable and clean sputtering process
    • Highest coating quality, high uptime and no environmental impact

    Top Coat Lacquering System

    • UV-base lacquering system
    • Clear lacquer application
    • Colored lacquer application
    • Solvent allowance up to 50 %
    • Recycling of lacquering material possible
    • Significant cost reduction by most efficient material consumption

    DECOLINE II automates the production process while considerably reducing costs, logistical efforts as well as the personnel intensity and therefore yields a return on investment in a very short period of time.

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