There are currently five PVD machines in use in Albergaria By the end of October 2019 that number will have increased to seven The PVD process produces no waste making it sustainable and environmentally friendly in more ways than one At the Albergaria plant in Portugal GROHE s innovative Physical Vapor Deposition PVD process is used to give kitchen and bathroom fittings a finish that provides incredible color and exceptional durability For almost 15 years Cláudia Barbosa has headed up Industrial Engi neering at the plant she coordinated the introduction of the first PVD machine in 2015 and since then has handled all the projects introducing new colored parts Today a dedicated team of 136 employees take care of GROHE s PVD process The intricacies of the PVD process and the workings of the plant itself makes her job consistently engaging she explains PVD does not only introduce a new technology it also brings different and challenging requirements in terms of production management It s been a really interesting and valuable learning process on both levels The alchemy of PVD production she says is difficult to describe without getting into technical matters But the most important thing is the end result which is wonder fully simple a very thin highly adhesive and resistant film coating This coating acts as an industry leading finish for bathroom and kitchen fittings and is also widely used in the production of any tool for which wear resistance and durability is crucial such as in the automotive defense and medical industries PVD even has a place in the space program Barbosa explains Anything used in aerospace must withstand extreme conditions extremes tempera tures pressure extreme everything The properties that can be obtained with PVD hardness low friction etc make these coatings ideal for aerospace applications BEYOND WATER BATHROOM KITCHEN AND WATER STORIES 42 43 Master en 193x257 GROHE BW Magazine 1 2019 Content 150dpi 42 11 11 19 17 17

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