ConformaClad History

  • Dubont’s Materials Laboratory discovered Teflon could be processed to fabricate a cloth where tungsten carbide and braze alloys could be embedded.

  • The use of technology to fabricate a cloth loaded with tungsten carbide was developed.

  • Composite Sciences Inc. patented the original formulations for producing our tungsten carbide cloth and brazing it onto steel parts.

  • Feralloy, Div, Gould, purchased nine patents from original investors, and forms Conforma Clad, Inc.

  • Imperial Clevite, Inc. formed when Gould sells Industrial Products Group - Conforma Clad, Inc. remains with Imperial Clevit.

  • First clad part produced.

  • New Conforma Clad plant opened, with new production equipment and improved processes.

  • Conforma Clad began developing clad radial bearings for use in mud-lubricated motor for oil and gas drilling.

  • Conforma Clad became a seperate divison of The Pullman Company, operating as a tungsten carbide cladding provider to OEMs and component suppliers.

  • Company expands its scope of service, and transitioned from a coating services provider to offering full-service severe wear solutions with design, engineering and machining capabilities.

  • Jacobsen Group Purchases Conforma Clad.

  • Conforma Clad consolidates maufacturing in New Albany, Indiana.

  • International expansion into global markets.

  • Kennametal Inc. purchased Conforma Clad.

  • Conforma Clad annual sales top $65 million.

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About Conforma Clad

Conforma Clad is a leading provider of severe wear solutions to high performance industrial customers around the world. Our customers value long-lasting parts, consistent quality and process controls, and minimizing downtime to increase productivity and lower costs.

Our unique brazed tungsten carbide cladding combines durability with extended wear life. The metallurgical bond created between the braze alloy, steel substrate and tungsten carbide particles ensures durable wear protection, while the high tungsten carbide content of the cladding significantly prolongs component life.

Compared to other wear protection materials, Conforma Clad provides premium wear protection with less added weight and cross-section loss. The uniform consistency of our cladding allows for reliable wear life extrapolation based on wear measurements.

Customers experience increased productivity and cost savings when critical parts, that wear in weeks or months, are replaced with a Conforma Clad part that lasts up to 15 times longer. There are instances where our cladding shows no measurable wear, even after years of use.

Inside our 110,000 sq ft production facility, we offer complete wear solution services, including on-site wear diagnostics, tailored solution engineering, in-house fabrication, as well as installation and wear monitoring support.

Since our facility is located less than 20 miles from the UPS Worldport hub in Louisville, Kentucky, many customers stock finished inventory of standard products with us. Parts can be delivered anywhere in the US the next day, and in most cases, worldwide within 72 hours.

Conforma Clad staff include engineers, technologists and production team members, who routinely develop custom solutions to unique wear problems.