Processes and services

Gas turbine surface technology, process development & tech transfer

Electron offers more than only high-quality cleaning and coating equipment: we also provide unique process development and technology transfer packages as a turnkey solution to meet surface treatment and thermal processing needs for superalloy component coating and repair.

Concerns of internal process development

As NPM (New Parts Manufacturing) or MRO (Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul) service provider your customers trust you to coat, repair or replace their original gas turbine blades, vanes and other parts, in order to increase the operational performance and extend the service life of the gas turbine as much as possible.

Doing your own R&D when it comes to surface treatment processes can be challenging. A lot of our customers struggle with:

  • High costs
  • Too time-consuming
  • Lack of expertise
  • Process complexity
  • Limited access to technology
  • Limited applicability
  • Compliance and regulations

Advantages of Electron’s process programs

Whether to improve the efficiency of an existing surface treatment process, or to set it up for a new component, consistent and repeatable results throughout the entire chain of steps are key. We understand all surface treatment processes for turbine components and how they link together.

The main reasons why NPM and MRO companies and consultants ask us to help them with their processes are:

  • Optimized efficiency
  • Increased quality
  • Cost-savings
  • Competitive advantage
  • Meeting specific requirements
  • Improved safety and compliance
  • Higher customer satisfaction

”Our unique process development and technology transfer programs meet surface treatment and thermal processing needs for superalloy component coating and repair.”

John Cuthbert | Senior Engineer Electron - Heat & Surface Treatment


Integral process technologies for superalloy component coating & repair

The process technology offerings from Electron include proven processes for chemical acid/alkaline stripping, FIC/HFIC/HF Ion Cleaning, diffusion coatings and various types of overlay coatings. Because of our extensive experience with the entire chain of steps, we understand the importance of the quality specifications of each surface treatment step in order to meet the requirements for the next step.

Partnering with Electron eliminates many uncertainties, saves a lot of time & resources and reduces the overall risk factor of developing & implementing new and untested methods and processes. And since we do everything in-house, we are able to guarantee the quality of the end product.

Process technologies for the gas turbine industry

We provide a value-adding platform upon which aerospace and IGT MRO companies, as well as new parts coating providers, can integrate new process technology & equipment in a timely and cost-effective manner.

From basic process development ranging all the way to a whole facility, fitted with every aspect of process equipment and technology including a fully-licensed technology transfer. Either based on Electron thermal surface heating equipment or from a third-party brand.

This wide collection of services enables our customers to implement tailormade and turnkey gas turbine processing technologies for maintenance and repair activities of superalloy components.

Surface engineering according to OEM specs

Our process technology development programs are the result of many enhanced cleaning and coating processes for gas turbine components.

Valuable industry experience with major OEMs such as Ansaldo, General Electric, Rolls Royce and Safran ensures a thorough understanding of the essential project requirements for a successful implementation, along with practical and production-friendly techniques, all with a clear focus on customer deliverables.

We make sure that OEM qualifications are met and that the parts are ready for recertification.

Benefits of process development & tech transfer for gas turbine MRO and new parts coating providers

Industry expertise & technical know-how

Our experts have in-depth knowledge of all major aerospace systems, turbine component production methods. We have 35+ years hands-on experience with research & development of high-temperature surface and coating processes for gas turbine parts.

In-house process development

Because we have our own R&D facility to perform process developments in-house, we can develop and validate a process in a fast & efficient manner. There is no need to hire other external parties or consultants.

Boosting process performance for increased competitiveness

Besides developing new processes, we identify opportunities for improving current process capability. Gas turbine overhaul providers as well as new parts coating providers (OEM or independent), who use our advanced process technologies, gain a competitive edge in the market by offering improved products and services.

Time-savings with proven methods

Our methods are proven and tested in the industry, so you can avoid the uncertainty of developing new and untested techniques. And because our solutions are well-established there is no need for unpredictable and time-consuming experimentation nor expensive internal R&D.

Optimal return on investment

You can develop and validate the process in an early stage and simultaneously manufacture the new (furnace) equipment. By the time the machine is installed, the process development & demonstration trials would be ready. Which allows to immediately start implementing the process in the own production. It's a matter of reducing risks and saving valuable time. This will ultimately lead to a faster return on investment of this high-capital equipment.

Ready for recertification

Our process development programs are designed to meet all major OEM qualifications and guarantee hot section gas turbine parts that are recertified ready.

Turnkey, innovative & custom solution

We provide turnkey, cutting-edge solutions that meet specific surface treatment and thermal processing needs for superalloy component coating and repair. Always up-to-date with the latest advancements and innovations in surface technology.

Improving efficiency for NPM and MRO companies in the gas turbine industry

Electron offers a full process development & technology transfer program for specialized superalloy component cleaning and coating. Benefit from advanced technologies without spending on internal R&D time and resources.


Immediate implementation with a turnkey solution

With tailormade, turnkey process development and tech transfer programs we hand over the process technologies from research and development to your organisation. So you can start with immediate production implementation and revenue generation.

Fully licensed tech transfer

The goal of our tech transfers is to make you benefit from the best and most innovative technologies available for your processes.

Our fully licensed technology transfer includes all process know-how and training of engineering and production personnel to readily apply and operate the systems.

Advantages of Electron tech transfers

  • Acquire new technologies
  • No R&D resources needed
  • Adapt to new materials
  • Improve efficiency
  • Enhance quality
  • Ensure compliance
  • Reduce costs

Included in the tech-transfer package

  • Process & hardware designs
  • Masking instructions
  • Donor/activator material specs
  • Process recipes
  • Work instructions
  • Waste estimates
  • On-site support

Our process development & tech transfer: how does it work?

It's evident that Electron’s process development and technology transfer offer many advantages. But what are the main phases or steps of the entire process? View the infographic below for an overview of all the steps and a short description for each step.



Electron: Integral equipment & process solutions for gas turbine parts overhaul

Electron can also support your ongoing operations with high-quality cleaning furnaces and coating systems. As well as high-technology processes such as chemical acid/alkaline stripping, dynamic FIC/HFIC/HF Ion cleaning, vacuum diffusion brazing, Platinum electroplating and pack/VPA/CVD diffusion coatings.

Read more on how our equipment and process solutions help gas turbine MRO providers with fast, consistent and reliable overhaul of hot section gas turbine parts.



Electron offers turnkey process development & technology transfer solutions. Do you coat, repair or manufacture gas turbine components? Partner with us!

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