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  • Laboratory and pilot plant for coating application by wet route.

    (Electro)chemical surface finishing Fully equipped laboratory for (electro)chemical processes with electrochemical cells of different volumes (up to 10 L), potentiostat-galvanostats, dip-coating, spray-coating, glove box, thermostatic baths, controlled atmosphere sintering furnaces, ultrasonic probes, ICP, IC, Z potential and TOC, among other equipment. Semi-industrial pilot plant that consists of: • Tanks up to 250 L capacity with several heaters, cooling coil, mechanical agitation, air agitation, the possibility to place counter-electrodes in different positions, level probe, lid and suction hood. • Electrochemical simulation and modelling software (COMSOL Multiphysics) that allows understanding, optimizing, and controlling electrodeposition processes. • Planned to acquire a monitoring and control software for the electrochemical pilot plant that facilitates the connectivity of the plant with a MES (Manufacturing Execution System) from which the manufacturing plant of the components as a whole will be managed. Ceramic coating protection A cutting edge technology based on novel ceramic coating protection for metal components (carbon steel, stainless steel, high and cast alloys), subjected to industrial extreme conditions (chemical, temperature, pressure). This technological approach gives an efficient and environmental friendly solution, protecting components from critical degradation and keeping the energetic efficiency by avoiding fouling and corrosion phenomena. The ceramic coating protection is supported by a suitable thickness (±150 µm) and chemical bonding to the metal substrate, with a smooth surface avoiding ashes, sub-products and liquids fouling & corrosion degradation. Easy to clean properties, high emissivity, chemical resistance to the most common industrial acids and salts products (hot & cold) and thermally resistant up to 800ºC (metal substrate temperature) combined with a high abrasion resistance and hardness (64HRc - 840Hv) are also key properties for this ceramic protection technology. Printing technology Cidetec´s printing technology is based on a semi-automatic shuttle table screen printing machine with moving print table for printing on rigid and flexible materials as used in electronic applications: • Print size (mm): 550x750. • Max. Substrate thickness (mm): 20. • High precision screen printing and easy operation on the highest technological level, max. adjustment to the print requirement. • The whole machine concept allows short set-up times and economic handling. The anti-drip feature provides perfect print quality and works well with translucent ink applications. Sol-gel coatings CIDETEC’s facilities for the application of sol-gel and functional coatings include dip coaters, various spray guns to be used to treat big size samples (up to 30 x 40 cm). Thermal, IR and UV curing can be carried out depending on the type of formulation or process requirements. A specific area of the laboratory is designed to accommodate project-specific scientific equipment for the development of sol-gel coatings and many techniques (DSC, FT-IR, viscosimetry, thickness measurement by interferometry…) are available for the proper characterization of the properties of formulations and coatings. Characterization laboratory Moreover, surface characterization laboratory that allows the analysis of the physical, mechanical and chemical properties of coatings (roughness, morphology, microstructure, thermography, corrosion, wear, tribocorrosion, hardness, wettability, brightness, colour, etc.) and some equipment’s, such as heating microscope, high temperature tests, microscopy, microhardness, etc.


    • Electrochemical simulation and modelling software (COMSOL Multiphysics)
    • Electrolytic tanks
    • Mixing and micronization mills, wet spray booth and heat treatment furnaces
    • Screen-Printing machine (Thieme 1010E)
    • Spray guns including low pressure device, robotic paint booth, temperature controlled dip-coating system, spin coater.

    Fields of application

    Advanced unions

    Coatings and Surfaces solutions

    Design and development of materials

    Manufacturing processes

    Materials and processes in Circular Economy


    Coatings with resistance to extreme chemical environments at high temperature

    Application of ceramic coatings on different types of metal substrates in order to provide improved properties to these surfaces. For this, electrophoretic deposition, dip-coating and spray-coating technologies are used, through the application of ceramic formulations designed ad hoc for each substrate/ property. The aim is the improvement of certain properties such as corrosion in highly aggressive media (HCl, HNO3, H2SO4, etc.), combined resistance corrosion / temperature (500ºC), anti-clogging, resistance molten salts, antifouling, etc. - Customer type/Sectors: Energy plants (Biomass, RSU, etc.), petrochemical, chemical, food industry, etc.

    Deposition of metallic, ceramic, composite and organ-inorganic coatings in the laboratory and pilot plant.

    Development and optimization of electrolytes for metallic, ceramic, composite and hybrid coatings with required properties (protection, conductivity, hydrophobicity…). Obtaining of coatings on different flat and 3D shaped substrates (metallic, plastic, ceramic). - Customer type: parts manufacturers, product developers. - Sectors: aerospace, automotive, machine tool, energy…

    Funtional coatings (e.g. corrosion protection, self-cleaning by anti-statics and/or omniphobic abilities)

    Application of commercial or internally developed functional coatings on different types of substrates in order to provide them new functionalities such as corrosion resistance, omniphobicity and self-cleanability Various application techniques such as dip-coating, spray-coating or electrochemical deposition, technologies can be used. - Sectors: aerospace, automotive, furniture…

    Screen-Printing. Coating application of conventional and/or functionalized inks

    Deposition of coatings by means of screen-printing technology. Different materials can be printed such as metallic, insulator and semiconductors. - Sectors: ICT, health, food, automotive, aerospace

    Surface preparation, cleaning and polishing

    Development and optimization of different surface preparation processes to obtain clean surfaces and to optimize the adhesion and performance of a subsequent treatment or coating (anodizing, painting, sol-gel, metallic, ceramic or composite coating…) - Customer type: parts manufacturers, product developers. - Sectors: aerospace, automotive, machine tool, energy…


    Contact person:
    Patricia López Ruiz