We continue our PVD Talks with our guest Fernando Marques, Business Manager at Foursteel. He joins us in an exclusive interview about the application of PVD in Foursteel equipment.
Foursteel [heating products factory] is a Portuguese company focused on heating and air conditioning solutions. Its products are characterized by contemporary and minimalist design allied to equipment functionality. The investment in R&D and successful partnerships have allowed Foursteel to develop efficient and aesthetically pleasing solutions that meet the real needs of the market.
B2COAT: For the Foursteel public, is it important to purchase air conditioning equipment with a beautiful design that matches the decoration of the space?
Fernando Marques (FM): Yes, the demands of the spaces where our products will be used demand it.
B2COAT: Nowadays, do you think the design and finish of a piece of equipment are on the same footing?
FM: The finish of the equipment is an integral part of the design of the equipment. Their interplay raises the product to excellence.
B2COAT: How is PVD coating an asset to Foursteel equipment?
FM: We see PVD as an elevation of excellence in finishing, which makes each piece more unique. In other words, besides the design being differentiating, PVD allows us to have unique pieces.
B2COAT: Does the PVD Coating in any way condition the perfect operation of the equipment?
FM: It has no effect on the product’s performance, i.e., it maintains all the energy-efficient characteristics.
B2COAT: From your experience, can the PVD coating coat the entire surface of the equipment? Using as example the pieces of the Diamond Collection, the small corners and cracks are not an obstacle to the effective coating of the piece?
FM: From what we have seen, about 90% of the equipment is able to be applied the PVD treatment. The drawback has to do with size. For products that are too big it is not allowed to apply and finish for PVD.
B2COAT: If you have worked with other surface coating processes, compared to PVD, is there really a noticeable difference in the processes?
FM: When it comes to treating products that are polished, it requires additional necessary cleaning. Otherwise, any and all holes must be isolated to ensure that there is no contamination in the process.
B2COAT: From your experience, is the public already familiar with the term “PVD coating” and the advantages that this technology offers to the equipment, namely, durability and resistance?
FM: Yes, there is already an evidence in most markets. The identification of this finishing process and its differentiation for the consumer in acquiring a product with added value, presents itself as a differentiating factor.