Openair® plasma activation for reliable structural bonding in vehicle manufacturing, without using environmentally damaging primers

Today’s vehicle superstructures are assembled using adhesive bonding throughout to ensure greater inherent strength and improved durability of joints, with lower production costs. The vehicle manufacturing industry is now one of the largest consumers of structural adhesives. This means the demands put on structural bonding are high and they will only be met with reliable and reproducible pretreatments.

In truck manufacturing, Openair® Plasma treatment for surface activation successfully replaces conventional pretreatment such as mechanical roughening and activation with environmentally damaging primers.

Plasma treatment for structural bonding of sandwich panels

Advantages of Openair® Plasma in manufacturing vehicle superstructures:

  • Cleaner process
  • Higher throughput
  • Completely automated pretreatment
  • ISO-compliant process monitoring

Schmitz Cargobull AG

Structural Bonding

Extreme adhesion, the highest seal integrity, and the best possible environmental protection – all this was required to build a new bonding system. Today, over 15,000 Openair® plasma-treated refrigerated trucks roll off the line annually at Europe’s largest trailer manufacturer.

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