Plasma Nitriding, also referred to as ion nitriding, is a diffusion process that improves the wear resistance and fatigue properties of the product being nitrided. The process was developed in the 1920's as an alternative to the gas nitriding process. For a comparison of the two processes choose the Plasma vs. Gas option from the menu. The plasma process is a thermal process performed in a vacuum environment. Choose the Plasma Process option from the menu to learn more about the plasma nitriding process.
This process will produce a diffused layer 0.0005" to 0.024" deep. The case depth achieved is dependent on the alloy being nitrided. For more information on the results you can expect from plasma nitriding, choose the Plasma Engineering Information option from the menu. The hardness achieved is dependent on the alloy constituents in the steel. By choosing the Hardness Chart option from the menu you will see the recommended core hardness, the case depth and the hardness you can expect from the nitride layer.
The plasma process is an excellent choice for demanding abusive environments where standard coatings and platings will fail. The Plasma vs. Chrome option on the menu bar will provide a comparison of the two processes. Forging, stamping and blanking, are just a few of the applications that enjoy substantial performance increases from the plasma nitriding process. For application results and more application areas that have experienced performance increases from the plasma nitriding process choose the Applications option from the menu.