Traction coatings

Traction coatings enable product to move through a manufacturing process at increased line speeds.

Why Traction Coatings?

In order to handle product and move it through the production process, traction is needed for grip to either pick it up or push / pull it along. Marcote traction coatings alter surface roughness, texture and hardness to control the level of grip (sometimes called non-skid), creating optimum drive without marking or scratching your product. 

If your product has a sticky surface, then in addition to our coating providing the traction needed we can provide a non-stick top coat for release.

At Marcote we have a superb range of non-stick polymers with fantastic release properties. In these cases, we apply a plasma coating first then impregnate it with a suitable non-stick polymer. The polymer does not just sit inside the troughs of the plasma coating, but also enters into the plasma coating, thus giving you longer lasting performance. Many polymers have the added benefit of being easy clean. 

Our ability to give clients a modified surface technology as well as traction results in increased line speeds, reduced down time, reduced wastage, improved control, improved productivity and reduced costs.

Performance Properties

Marcote traction coatings are durable, long-lasting and are classed as permanent solutions as opposed to temporary measures such as sleeves or tapes.


An often overlooked property of plasma applied traction coatings is the shape or profile of the coated surface. Nickel alloys have very angular peaks and tungsten carbide tends to have rounded peaks. Rounded peaks are not going to snag on woven or non-woven fabrics running over them.

By giving us information on the component and the product you are wishing to handle, Marcote can recommend the best coating solution for you. Please use our contact us page. Not sure which coating type you require? No problem – we will advise you so you get the best out of your process.

Materials We Use

Marcote traction coating primarily come from the plasma coating range, with nickel alloys and tungsten carbide being the two most popular materials. However, traction can be achieved with high friction polymer coatings such as polyurethane or epoxy.

Common Uses for Traction Coating

At Marcote we see many different components that benefit from having one of our traction coatings applied, so below is a glimpse of what we coat.

  • Chutes
  • Feeder bowls
  • Friction drives
  • Grip fingers
  • Rolls
  • Shafts
  • Tooling
  • Vacuum plates

A question we are often asked is what type of material can we coat onto. The answer is pretty much anything so long as it has some rigidity. For example, steel, stainless steel, aluminium, copper alloys, carbon fibre, glass fibre and composites to name some common materials.

With our bespoke service we can adjust the coat thickness and surface roughness of our traction coatings to ensure you get the best out of your application.

All we need to know is the size of the part and what product it comes into contact with and we can recommend the best coating for you.

For more information on how Marcote can solve or improve your process or production problems using our traction coatings, please contact us.

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