TURBOCAM International
  • Treated vs Untreated
  • Treated vs Untreated

TX treatments are unique thermal diffusion surface transformation technologies that improve the toughness of steel without creating brittleness. These improved characteristics transform lower cost materials so they either match or outperform more costly exotic alloys in high-wear applications.


The vanes to the right are from turbocharger flow control rings. The part on the top was installed with a competitor’s coating, and the part on the bottom was TX-treated. Both turbochargers experienced foreign object damage (FOD), which resulted in drastically different results. We have since treated over four million parts for our customers.

TX treatments are not a coating. Instead of traditional surface coating methods, which are prone to brittle fractures and spalling, TX treatments work through both diffusion and crystal lattice transformation.

TX1 vs. TX2: Our scientists will assess your materials and engineering requirements, and select the appropriate treatment. TX2, the newest technology, can now treat castings and powder steels.

TX Treatments Are a Unique Approach

Wear resistance is usually achieved by hardening a surface. TX1 and TX2 take a different approach. By altering the crystalline lattice of the steel, TX1 and TX2 eliminate wear at the nano level. Additionally, TX1 and TX2 overcome wear by transforming the surface chemistry of steel to work in conjunction with changes in the bulk matrix. Therefore, when an abrasive particle or opposing surface strikes TX treated steels, the wear energy is adsorbed and dissipated throughout the surrounding steel.

TX1: A Case Study

Two pieces of 304L stainless steel were tested in a bearing tester. One piece of steel was treated with TX1 and the other was not. The piece that was untreated showed 500 times more wear and seized the motor. The test was performed at 1,750 RPM for 30 seconds using 75 lbs. of force, synthetic motor oil, and identical Rockwell hardness values (Rc=19) for the treated and untreated steel.

Potential Applications

Market Sector Benefits
   Cutter Heads Lowers tool consumption
   Wheel Bearings Lenghtens life gritty conditions
   Pulleys Reduces downtime
   Vehicle Drive Trains Increases fuel efficiency
   Material Belt Movers Reduces power consumption
   Sledge Pumps Reduces blade wear
   Bulldozer Buckets Lowers material cost
   Die-Cast Molds Prevents operator damage
   Sand Blasting Equip. Reduces equipment costs
   Hammer Mills Maintains equipment tolerances
   Shredders Improves product quality
   Rollers Reduces frictional heat
   Plastic Injection Handles abrasive materials
   Manifolds Reduces soot buildup
   Screw Augers Reduces operation costs
   Cutter Heads Reduces equipment downtime
   Grain Elevators Reduce power consumption
   Milling Operations Eliminates costly super-alloys
   Conveyors Reduces noise level
Performance Sports
   Auto Racing Increases engine life
   Snow Machines Increases level of endurance
Military & U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
   Wheel Bearings Reduces Mainenance
   Vehicle Drive Trains Protects after sudden lubricant loss