During the Apollo Program, General Magnaplate Corporation developed process techniques for bonding dry lubricant coatings to space metals. The coatings were not susceptible to outgassing and offered enhanced surface hardness and superior resistance to corrosion and wear. This development was necessary because conventional lubrication processes were inadequate for lightweight materials used in Apollo components. General Magnaplate built on the original technology and became a leader in development of high performance metallurgical surface enhancement coatings - synergistic" coatings - which are used in applications from pizza making to laser manufacturing. Each of the coatings is designed to protect a specific metal or group of metals to solve problems encountered under operating conditions."
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