Portfolio Companies

ECM

Electrochemical Equipment for High-precision Processing of Parts from Metals and Nanostructured Alloys

Operating Factories

Shareholders in Portfolio Company 
RUSNANO, Invest AG, founders

Industry Sector 
Coatings and Surface Modification

Production Location 
Ufa, Republic of Bashkortostan

Investment Started:  2010

Total Budget

0.19  bln rubles
Co-investment by RUSNANO
0.07  bln rubles

Serial production of state-of-the-art, environmentally clean, precision electrochemical machines for manufacturing components from any metal or alloy. Production of tools and details with high productivity and low operating costs

Electrochemical MachinesThe electrochemical machines that this project have been designed for nanometer-precision processing of virtually the entire spectrum of metals, including hard alloys and nanostructured metals. The technology used in the machines is comparable to that of the world’s leading manufacturers and in some parameters—performance and cost of operation—superior. In addition, software that Russian engineers have developed expands signifi cantly the units’ surface machining capabilities. The units are extremely versatile: they can be used to produce implants and surgical instruments and to manufacture complex parts from high-strength materials for aircraft engines and power turbines.

Production machines of this class have almost no presence in Russia today. Indeed, in 2008 they were less than 0.1 percent of the world market in the precision machinery industry.

The project will employ cutting-edge developments from Russia’s electrochemistry institutes and put modern surface machining technology to work in high-tech industries: microelectronics, precision instruments, aerospace, energy, medicine, automotive, and other industries.

Areas of application

  • Аviation construction
  • Energy
  • Automotive industry
  • Electronics industry
  • Medicine
  • Instrument manufacturing

Competitive advantages

  • Low operating costs
  • High-precision copying and nanometric surfacing

The proprietary technology for pulse electrochemical machining that ECM has introduced surpasses other methods for finish machining in integral tests for precision-roughness-productivity. Resulting surface roughness (up to Ra .002 micrometer) and machining precision (less than one micrometer) eliminate the need for the super finish grinding and polishing required with traditional operations. An automatic process control system and a built-in database of technological modes make it possible to machine parts of various shape and materials without additional research. Special modes of bipolar electrochemical machining provide for adjustment to the ratio of alloying elements in a very thin nanometric surface layer, making it possible to imbue various products with various characteristics. For example, an increase of chrome content in chrome-contained steel amplifies the wear and corrosion resistance qualities of the parts that are produced. The technology precludes the need for highly qualified operators.