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Industrial Hard Carbon: diamond-like protective coatings

About Industrial Hard Carbon

We are committed to consistently exceeding our customers’ expectations for Quality, Delivery, and Service.
Our quality policy is simple:
We commit to exceeding your expectations every step of the way.
We inspect everything the moment an order arrives on-site. We don’t like to coat damaged goods. We build our own machines, and we know them inside and out. That means you’ve got experts behind the wheel every step of the process. We investigate variances from customer specifications, and we tell you what we find so you can make better, more cost-effective decisions down the road.

Our History

Rumor has it that diamond-like carbon (DLC) was first formed when the U.S. military performed vacuum testing and hydrocarbon oil leaked into the chamber, where it ionized and deposited itself over various parts. The coating formed was a slick, graphite, hard diamond with serious potential.
When we first got wind of that potential in the 1990s, we were building our own coating machines — we still do, and we wondered: What would happen if we applied Hard Carbon to a wrist pin in a high-performance engine?
You can probably figure out the answer to that…

Three Things You Need to Know About Industrial Hard Carbon’s Diamond-like Carbon Coating:

There are various thin diamond-like coatings on the market today, each holding distinct purposes for various applications. With many thin films sharing similar characteristics, finding the right engineering solution for your business can be challenging.

Learn more about Industrial Hard Carbon’s thin film and find out what sets it apart from other DLC coatings available to you!

1. IHC is Created from Nano-Crystalline Diamond & Silicon Carbide

Holding a deep black color, Hard Carbon is an amorphous matrix created from layers of nano-crystalline diamond and nano-crystalline silicon carbide. The unique combination of these elements gives Industrial Hard Carbon the properties that set it apart from other DLC coatings on the market.

As IHC conforms to substrates, it deposits evenly over all surfaces of a part or product.

2. Its Qualities can Only be Surpassed by Pure Diamond

IHC is characterized by extreme hardness, high wear resistance, high corrosion resistance, and high lubricity. Its hardness is less than or equal to >8.1 HM >, and it operates from -200°Celsius to less than 350° Celsius.  significantly reduces wear resistance, protects the underlying substrate from most corrosive agents, can withstand less than 46,000 psi tensile and compressive stresses, and compressive strain of 0.17 percent.

Further, Industrial Hard Carbon’s thermal conductivity is less than 10 W/cm°K, and its electrical resistivity is less than 109-ohm cm, doping options to lower r. This DLC coating showed a significant reduction in coefficient of friction lab tests and required torque in field applications compared to bare metal.

Industrial Hard Carbon’s qualities can only be surpassed by pure diamond and because of this, IHC’s diamond-like coating succeeds where other thin-film coatings fail.

3. Industrial Hard Carbon has Unlimited Applications.

Industrial Hard Carbon can handle extreme conditions such as high altitudes and temperatures, allowing it to adapt to many applications. Our DLC coating is already used in industries such as oil and gas, industrial, textiles, motorsports, chemicals, cutting tools, electronics, aerospace, painting, and packaging.

How To Get The Most Out Of IHC’s Applied Engineering Services

IHC hosts a team of thin-film engineers that are well-versed in all thin films, not just IHC’s DLC. Our team has years of experience in various fields and is familiar with the challenges presented by issues such as friction, resistance, weight, and wear.

Is your goal less wear and tear on your machine parts to increase your runtime? Perhaps your machinery isn’t operating as efficiently as you think it could be. Or maybe you’re in the oil and gas industry and your current thin film isn’t withstanding the extreme temperatures and pressures that come with the job.

Not only can our team walk you through the chemical makeup of various coatings and explain the best function for each, but we can also talk to you about the pros and cons of each thin film toward your particular application.

Additionally, IHC’s internal testing facility allows us to test coatings to determine whether they are holding up to their expectancy.


IHC’s applied engineering team doesn’t expect you to know exactly what you need. That’s what we are here for. If you can bring us your goal and provide us with information regarding the part you’re wanting the coat and the function, we can help you create a custom solution.

Reach out to Industrial Hard Carbon’s applied engineering services team today to get started.

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