Zafir Plus is an aluminum titanium nitride (AlTiN / TiAlN) based PVD coating, the recipe of which has been specially developed by TITANIT, and intermediate surface properties of which has been optimized for both cutting tool and mold applications. It has very high hardness and temperature resistance. For this reason, it offers excellent wear resistance and long tool life under high temperatures. Thanks to these properties, it is successfully applied in cutting tools used in machining of tool steels, in hard metal tips working at high speeds, in dry chip removal operations or where inadequate cooling exists, in the process of hard workpieces with short chips, in cutting dies of hard sheets, and in metal injection and extrusion molds working under high temperatures.

Properties and application area

  • Chip removal processes at medium-high cutting speeds thanks to its high hardness
  • Suitability for machining of hard workpieces with short chips
  • Low rate cooling chip removal processes
  • Cutting and spinning mold and punches of Medium-High strength sheets
  • Suitability for metal injection molds thanks to its high temperature resistance

The Difference between TiAlN Based and AlTiN Based PVD Coatings

Both TiAlN (Titanium Aluminum Nitride) and AlTiN (Aluminum Titanium Nitride) coatings are formed by the combination of Aluminum, Titanium and Nitrogen, which form a hard-ceramic thin film structure as a result of reactions happening in the plasma phase. The difference between them is the atomic ratio of aluminum and titanium metals.

In general, the coating, which is obtained when the aluminum / titanium atomic ratio is equal to 50% or less than 50%, that is, when the film structure is rich in titanium, is called as TiAlN. Similarly, the coating, which is obtained, when the aluminum / titanium ratio is more than 50%; that is, when the film structure is rich in aluminum, is called as AlTiN.

In general, the metallic ratio in TiAlN coatings is in the form of 65-75% Titanium, and of 25-35% Aluminum. As to AlTiN coatings, it is generally in the form of 60-70% Aluminum, and of 30-40% Titanium. When the atomic ratio of aluminum exceeds 70%, the lattice structure deteriorates and, since the cubic lattice structure disappears from the media, the mechanical properties of the film deteriorate. For this reason, AlTiN films, with an atomic aluminum content of more than 70%, are not produced in commercial applications.

In general, high temperature resistance, high temperature oxidation resistance and wear resistance of AlTiN coatings which are rich in aluminum are higher.

In TiAlN coatings which are rich in titanium, mechanical properties such as film toughness, impact resistance and strength are better. When choosing coating, these parameters should be taken into consideration, and AlTiN coatings should be preferred in cases where high hardness and temperature resistance are required while TiAlN coatings should be preferred in cases where high toughness, better surface properties and impact resistance are desired.

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Technical Properties
ColorBlack – Purple
CompositionAlTiN / TiAlN Based
Oxidation temperature900 °C
Hardness3600 HV
Friction co-efficient0,55
Coating thickness1 – 4 μm