President of Plasmatreat Turkey and the MEA Region Hakan Sağkal (centre) with technical sales manager Oktay Aydın (left) and colleague Nilgun Alioğlu (right)
PLAST EURASIA 2012 got off to a flying start in Istanbul on 29 November 2012, with over 1000 exhibitors and company representatives from 43 countries. The fair is one of the most important events for the plastics processing industry in the Middle East, Central Asia, Africa and the Balkans.
Hakan Sağkal (President of Plasmatreat Turkey and the MEA Region), together with his colleagues Oktay Aydın and Nilgun Alioğlu, made an excellent job of presenting the latest application and product developments for OPENAIR® plasma technology and PlasmaPlus® atmospheric plasma coating to a specialist international audience. The Turkish team had laid on something rather special for visitors to the stand to illustrate robot-controlled Openair® systems in a variety of different industries: TreatScreen, an installation system developed specifically for trade shows, which, amongst other components, featured a FANUC robot kindly supplied by automation specialist and system partner Güneş Dinamik.
Illustrious visitor: Plasma scientist Prof. Dr. Mehmet Mutlu from the Hacettepe University, Ankara (2nd from the left) discovers more about the latest developments in Openair® plasma technology
At the heart of this installation is a touchscreen display where customers can select an application of interest to them. Customers use the touchscreen to set in motion the RD2004 rotary nozzle mounted in front of them, which is controlled by the robot. The nozzle then simulates the chosen application live on a photograph of the component displayed on a large screen. Visitors can also select the corresponding video, which shows plasma cleaning, activation or coating of the same component in an authentic industrial setting.
In addition to the TreatScreen interactive video presentation, visitors could also discover for themselves the effects of plasma activation. They were invited to apply the plasma activation treatment to one half of a credit-card sized sample of polypropylene using a RD2004H rotary nozzle, and then spray the card with water. The treatment had an immediate effect: within seconds a homogeneous film of water had formed on the surface of the activated zone, indicating total wetability.
“I'm delighted with the success of the fair”, said Hakan Sağkal, “and particularly pleased that as well as the many Turkish companies that visited our stand, we also received a lot of interest from neighbouring states and countries in the MEA region - such as Iran or Egypt. They approached us specifically in search of solutions to problems they had with gluing, coating or printing plastics. To me this is an indication that Plasmatreat has long been regarded as a mark of quality in these countries too.”