Environment Implications/Reduction of Hexavalent Chromium

B4C’s thermal diffusion process uses no toxic ingredients and produces no toxic byproducts. There are no heavy metal residues resulting from the process, no effluent discharge, and no toxic materials result from the thermal conversion process.

It utilizes no acids or other pre or post-treatment chemicals, and contains no heavy metals or lead. Utilizing current industry standards and equipment will prevent any risk to workers or to the environment.

Additionally, the base chemistry that is utilized in the diffusion process is recyclable, and when combined with chemistry, additions can be reused in subsequent processing cycles, eliminating the need for any harmful and expensive disposal costs.

Our process presents a very viable and better performing solution than any of the legacy surface treatments or coatings offered today.

The process minimizes the use of Hexavalent Chromium (Cr6+), a byproduct of traditional boronizing, which is detrimental to the environment. It meets or exceeds performance and characteristics of Cr6+.

With government and environmental agencies prohibiting the use of DCr6+ in defense contracts and other production programs, the replacement of Hexavalent Chrome (a known carcinogen) has become an important topic.

B4C’s technology changes the current manufacturing processes, to allow for the same or better part performance with little or no environmental impact.Environmental, health and safety impacts from the use of hazardous plating and Hexavalent Chroming processes will be significantly reduced, and in some sectors, eliminated completely.

The B4C materials and diffusion processes are non-hazardous, taking advantage of the proprietary material formulas and proper process variables to deliver the desired depth of penetration and physical property development.