Surface Modification Systems, Inc

Surface Modification Systems, Inc

Surface Modification Systems, Inc

Surface Modification Systems (SMS) is a materials company specializing in the manufacture of rotary sputtering targets and custom materials development. SMS also provides and develops coatings to improve service life of components in severe, corrosive conditions in solar, glass, SEMI and industrial applications. Total control of SMS own fabrication, material development, full metallurgical lab with ISO and FAA certification allow rapid turn key development and production of material in the required finished form factor.

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12917 Park Street , Santa Fe Springs , CA 90670 USA
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Renewable Energy
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Nationally (across the country)
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SMS Inc. was founded in 1993 as a consulting firm focusing on materials engineering and coatings research. Early success in improving performance of oil field fluid handling systems led to expansion into manufacturing operations. SMS quickly grew into a full service job shop specializing in coatings, machining, and grinding. Currently, SMS has two facilities encompassing over 37,000 Sq. Ft. offering high-end manufacturing, world-class quality control and industry-leading R&D.

SMS is one of the most comprehensive high performance coating companies in the western United States. Our thermal spray capabilities include two Vacuum Plasma Spray systems (VPS/LPPS), High Velocity Oxygen Fuel spray system (HVOF), several variants of Air Plasma Spray systems (APS), Combustion Flame Spray systems for powder and wire, Twin Wire Arc Spray system (TWAS) as well as Cold Spray. A total of eight robot-automated spray booths house the equipment.

SMS has a variety of reactors and offers an extensive line of CVD based diffusion coatings that include Borides, Aluminides, Chromides, Silicides and Carbides (including Vanadium Carbide). A large Electron Beam evaporation system is available for Physical Vapor Deposition (EBPVD).

SMS thrives on applications engineering based on fundamental research and process development. Over the years we have developed and optimized many unique processes making them suitable for production. Some such development includes Sprayforming long tubes (up to 20 feet), Electrospark deposition, Atmospheric Athermal Plasma Deposition and Sol-Gel deposition of functional oxides.

Some of our recent developments include processes for thin film (nano to micro scale) deposition of coatings such as transparent and semi-transparent Yttria and Alumina. Capabilities exist for developing such complex oxide films and coatings for advanced applications.

Surface Modification Systems, Inc. (SMS) is an established provider of advanced materials processing and coating technologies for a wide range of applications in the Oil & Gas, Aerospace, Semiconductor and Photovoltaic industries.

SMS is one of the few companies that has comprehensive manufacturing capabilities under one roof. This includes coating, machining, grinding and advanced metrology. We have recently expanded to a second state-of-the-art facility to meet customer demands. Our facilities are staffed with personnel having advanced engineering degrees to ensure leadership in our core competencies.

SMS is committed to continuous R&D in order to provide cost-effective solutions to our customer's challenges. SMS has one of the most advanced materials characterization and metrology laboratories in our industry. We specialize in thermal spray and thin film coatings. Our success is based on tackling tough customer challenges and realizing production from fundamental research.

SMS is ISO 9001 and FAA certified. Established quality procedures along with the culture of 'customer first' and continual process improvement enables SMS to meet and exceed the most stringent customer requirements.

SMS has complete research and development capabilities and facilities including

  • Materials Characterization
  • Mechanical Testing
  • Optical and Electrical Testing
  • Corrosion Testing
  • Analytical Testing (Composition and Trace Elements)

To maintain our technological advantange SMS collaborates with Universities and Research Facilities

SMS houses materials characterization equipments including

  • Diamond Wafering Saw for precision sectioning
  • Semi-Automatic Muti-Disc Sample Preparation
  • Chemical and Electrochemical Etching
  • Optical Microscope with Digital Imaging
  • Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) with EDS
  • Image Analysis Software and Methodology
  • X-Ray Diffractometer (XRD)

Mechanical testing capabilities at SMS include

  • Hardness Test with a variety of indenter tips and loads
  • Microhardness with Vickers and Knoop indenters
  • Tensile Tester (adhesion, tensile strength)
  • Thermo-Mechanical Spallation Testing

Specialized optical and electrical testing capabilities including

  • Surface Optical Emissivity Tester
  • Dielectric Tester
  • Four Point Probe for resistivity measurement
  • Arc Erosion Testing

Corrosion test capabilities at SMS include

  • Acid Immersion and Partial Immersion Test
  • Acid Bubble Test