Curtiss-Wright Surface Technologies maintains a global network of facilities that performs treatments to enable metal alloy components operating in harsh environments to last longer and perform better. Components that experience fatigue, corrosion, and heat while in service in commercial aerospace, power generation, oil and gas, ground transportation and general industrial applications benefit from our services. We perform most of our processes on original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts, and often OEMs design-in or specify these services as proprietary production processes. And restore service run parts.
Our technologies include:
- Shot Peening – Our Metal Improvement Company (MIC) business unit is a pioneer and leader in the shot peening industry. The shot peening process imparts a beneficial compressive stress layer on the surface that improves the fatigue resistance and durability of the part. Shot peening is also effective in shaping the complex aerodynamic curvatures of the wing skins of commercial aircraft.
- Laser Peening – MIC also performs laser peening, our most technically advanced surface treatment service, for attaining the highest level of fatigue protection for mission critical components. This process induces beneficial compressive stresses that are four times deeper than can be achieved by traditional metal treatment processes.
- Coating Services – We maintain a diversified portfolio of specialty coatings for protecting parts against degradation. Thermal spray coatings, applied by facilities in CT, MA, SC, AZ, TX and Derbyshire, UK provide thermal barrier protection, abrasion and erosion resistance plus high temperature oxidation and corrosion resistance. Our E/M Coatings Services facilities in CA, IL, MN, MI and CT apply solid film lubricant coatings. The MIC facility in IN applies zinc-rich Dacromet & Geomet coatings to provide sliding wear, anti-seizing and corrosion resistance. Finally, our parylene coating facilities in TX and Ireland apply coatings with the functional properties oflubricity, moisture barrier resistance and biocompatibility.
- Analytical Services – IMR Test Labs, another business unit of Curtiss-Wright Surface Technologies, performs analytical services for failure analysis, as well as mechanical and chemical testing, to ensure the integrity of the design and manufacturing processes for critical metal, ceramic and composite components. Failure analysis also helps identify and solve surface treatment issues.
Our commitment to quality has earned the company numerous OEM approvals in the aerospace, automotive, chemical, marine, agricultural, mining and medical industries in addition to FAA, CAA, JAR and ISO 9001/9002 approvals as might be appropriate at individual facilities.
Curtiss-Wright Surface Technologies supports its customers with services that are critical for components in applications where performance and safety are essential.