CeralUSA, LLC (CUSA) said that its Ceral 114, an environmentally friendly corrosion and erosion preventative coating, is now being manufactured in the United States. Previously manufactured only in Europe, Ceral 114 was excluded from serious consideration in the North American market due to the high costs involved in shipping the product across the Atlantic said the company.
Ceral 114 is an aluminum ceramic coating used primarily to protect steel substrates such as those found in the compressor section of turbine engines. Ceral 114 is the "low chrome" alternative approved within PWA 595, GE A50TF1 and other OEM specifications. A topcoat, Ceral 350-1, used to enhance the surface finish of Ceral 114 and provide additional corrosion protection, is also being produced in the United States.
The availability of Ceral 114 and Ceral 350-1 brings a previously approved low-chrome alternative to the turbine coating market.
CeralUSA, LLC is based in Midwest City, Okla., near the world's largest aircraft engine overhaul facility, Tinker Air Force Base. The firm was incorporated in 2008 as the result of a US DoD initiative to eliminate or reduce the military's reliance on hexavalent chrome and other toxic substances. It has since become a key supplier to the US Air Force and the turbine support industry worldwide.