In recent years hard chromium has been replaced for specific applications with PVD films that provide equivalent or superior performance. Unlike hard chrome, PVD hard chrome replacements can be tailored specifically to the application. Coatings of CrN and variants such as CrCN exhibit properties that meet or exceed the chrome they replace, and offer additional properties, such as reduced ... [Show full abstract] coefficient of friction. The family of coatings known as Metal containing Diamond Like Carbon(Me-DLC, also known as Me-C:H) exhibits properties of diamond like carbon, providing outstanding wear protection, toughness and low coefficients of friction. A survey of some proven replacement applications and physical characteristics will be given.