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Aluminum Titanium Nitride (AlTiN). ALtima® is the original high   performance  coating.  This coating allows tools to be run at higher speeds and feeds in a wide  array of materials.  Also, it allows the option of running tools dry due to the high  oxidation temperature of the coating.

Tool Number Designation:  A
Microhardness (HV): 3100
Maximum Service Temperature:  1100° C / 2012° F
Friction Coefficient:  0.42

Recommended for aluminum and aluminum alloys up to 12% Si, non-ferrous  metals and composites.  Gem+ provides excellent wear resistance and maintains sharp cutting edges.

Tool Number Designation:  GP
Microhardness (HV): 4710
Maximum Service Temperature:  500° C / 932° F
Friction Coefficient:  0.30

ALtima® Plus
The Aluminum Titanium Nitride (AlTiN) multi-layer coating has optimized coating structure with pre and post treatment of the coating for optimized highperformance drilling in any ferrous material.

Tool Number Designation:  AP 
Microhardness (HV): 3200
Maximum Service Temperature:  1100° C / 2012° F
Friction Coefficient:  0.25

A CVD diamond coating for composites and aluminum that offers the maximum  hardness and wear resistance of any of our coatings.

Tool Number Designation: GX 
Microhardness (HV): 10000
Maximum Service Temperature:  600° C / 1100° F
Friction Coefficient:  0.10

ALtima® 52      
Aluminum Titanium Nitride (AlTiN).  ALtima® 52 is specially designed for milling  hardened steels 52 Rc and above.  It has very high hardness and the oxidation  temperature of the coating makes this the absolute best choice for hardened steel  milling.  ALtima® 52 is designed to allow for dry machining.

Tool Number Designation:  A or AH
Microhardness (HV): 3600
Maximum Service Temperature:  1200° C / 2192° F
Friction Coefficient:  0.40

Titanium Nitride (TiN).  TiN coating has shown good results in low carbon steels and  many iron-based applications.  It is a very popular coating used in the industry today.

Tool Number Designation:  T
Microhardness (HV): 2300
Maximum Service Temperature:  600° C / 1112° F
Friction Coefficient:  0.40


ALtima® Blaze  
Aluminum Chromium Nitride (AlCrN).  ALtima® Blaze is designed to allow higher  material removal rates.  This coating has a higher oxidation temperature than a  typical TiAlN coating.  It has shown very good results in nickel alloys, titanium, and  other difficult to machine materials.  Tools coated with ALtima® Blaze can be used
in dry machining.

Tool Number Designation:  B 
Microhardness (HV): 3200
Maximum Service Temperature:  1100° C / 2012° F
Friction Coefficient:  0.35


Titanium Carbonitride (TiCN).  TiCN is a multi-layer coating.  Because of the multi-  layer composition, TiCN is tougher than TiN, even though TiCN is harder.  The added toughness of the TiCN coating makes it a good choice for mechanically stressed edges like in end mill applications.  The higher hardness makes TiCN a good choice for abrasive applications where higher wear resistance is required.

Tool Number Designation:  C 
Microhardness (HV): 3000
Maximum Service Temperature:  400° C / 752° F
Friction Coefficient:  0.40

ALtima® Micro
An ultra thin, nano structured TiAlN coating developed specifically for micro tool  applications.

Tool Number Designation:  AM
Microhardness (HV): 3300
Maximum Service Temperature:  900° C / 1652° F
Friction Coefficient:  0.30-0.35
CERAedge® is a unique coating that provides excellent performance in titanium,  aluminum, and composites.

Tool Number Designation:  CE
Microhardness (HV): 3400
Maximum Service Temperature:  1100° C / 2012° F
Friction Coefficient:  0.25

ALtima® Xtreme  
Designed for high speed and dry machining.

Tool Number Designation:  AX 
Microhardness (HV): 3800
Maximum Service Temperature:  1100° C / 2012° F
Friction Coefficient:  0.30-0.50
Special Coatings
Upon request, M.A. Ford® can provide any commercially available coating.


Titanium DiBoride (TiB2) is a unique coating with a low aluminum affinity, smooth  surface finish and high hardness.  It is ideal for aluminum and magnesium alloys as
it prevents build-up on cutting edge, provides superior chip flow along with extended wear resistance.

Tool Number Designation:  F 
Microhardness (HV): 4000
Maximum Service Temperature:  700° C / 1292° F
Friction Coefficient:  0.30
Any standard uncoated tool can be provided with coating if requested.  Contact M.A. Ford® Customer Service for details.