PRESTO BLACK® room temperature black oxide and MICROLOK MZN® zinc phosphate processes are becoming increasingly popular for use on oilfield equipment requiring robust corrosion resistance and galling protection on critical surfaces. Both processes easily coat iron and steel components and are applied at safe temperatures.
The PRESTO BLACK process produces a non-dimensional coating thickness of less than 0.5 micron thickness and is ideally suited for components that require a black finish for visual appeal. PRESTO BLACK is a short fifteen-minute process that eliminates the hazards of the hot oxide process by operating at room temperature. It provides high corrosion resistance and is tested for up to 1200 hours humidity exposure when sealed with an appropriate rust preventive.
The MICROLOK MZN zinc phosphate produces a heavier coating of about 5-10 micron thickness, and is gray/black in color. This process is ideally suited for applications that require robust protection from galling and corrosion but do not require a black color. MICROLOK MZN is a short twenty-minute process that operates at a safe temperature of 140-160° F with no boiling or splattering. It provides protection up to 1400°F for high heat applications such as brake components.
The PRESTO BLACK and MICROLOK MZN processes offer a friable crystal structure that serves as a sacrificial barrier on sliding surfaces to protect the underlying steel itself from galling and deformation. Both coatings are widely used and approved by the oil industry and recommended for finishing hot rolled steels, alloy steels, tool steels, as well as cast iron, forged steels and powdered metal. These finishing processes are ideal for both large and small parts held in storage and shipping, then put into service corrosion free.
Easily Configure Processes For Unique Production Requirements
Full tank lines are available in a variety of sizes, and come with full tech support from Birchwood Technologies. Birchwood Technologies also offers fully automated finishing lines to further increase the value of these finishing systems. To enable OEMs to offer both coatings to customers these processes can be installed individually, or in a combination process line that utilizes several common steps.
PRESTO BLACK and MICROLOK MZN can operate with zero discharge of rinse waters using the Birchwood Technologies Ion Exchange System. It cleans and purifies the process rinse waters so they can be re-used rather than sent to the drain. Once available to large companies only, this technology is low cost and routinely utilized on process lines of all sizes with excellent success.
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