New requirements demand new solutions. The cleaning and activation of material surfaces by means of atmospheric plasma is considered a technology of the future. GAK, a German expert journal for the polymer industry reports in its issue 11/2008 about the manifold applications of Openair® plasma in the plastics industry.
Aluminium: Selective cleaning and coating using atmospheric-pressure plasma
Whether the matter in hand is routine production or the development of new processes and products, the surfaces of the materials used often need to be pre-treated to give them additional properties making them suitable for further fields of application. The international Swiss magazine COATING reports in its issue 09/2008 on how the Openair Plasma® and PlasmaPlus® processes allow the incorporation of new surface properties and the optimisation of existing aluminium manufacturing processes.
Structural adhesive bonding: Openair® plasma in use at Schmitz Cargobull
In order to obtain extreme adhesion, particularly good leak-proofing and improved environmental conservation in production at Europe’s leading manufacturer of lorry trailers, gigantic refrigerated container structures were pretreated with atmospheric-pressure plasma prior to adhesive bonding. In its four-page title story the 9/2008 issue of ADHÄSION reports on the background events.
Crystal clear optics – Plasma treatment of display windows
Brilliant, scratch-resistant surfaces on high-grade plastic display windows can only be produced by costly coating processes after injection moulding. The technical journal JOT (Journal für Oberflächentechnik; Journal for Surface Technology) reports in its September issue how pretreatment with atmospheric-pressure plasma greatly improves their adhesive bonding properties and painted appearance.
Looks are everything when it comes to selling cars. If a brand is to score it needs to look good and this means that pretreatment prior to the final surface coating is essential. The September/October 2008 issue of APS (Automotive Paintshop Solutions) - a yearly supplement to the international magazine AMS (Automotive Manufacturing Solutions) reports on the achievements of Openair® plasma pretreatment for the finishing process.
By means of a process unique anywhere in the world Openair® atmospheric-pressure plasma technology has made the breakthrough of displacing any use of chemicals in the precleaning process for aluminium coil and in this way has performed an exemplary service to the environment. In its August 2008 issue the German technical journal BLECH (Sheet Metal) presents a four-page report on this sensational application.
Whether the aim is to provide protection against corrosion or to facilitate cleaning of a surface, the PlasmaPlus technology newly developed by Plasmatreat in collaboration with the Fraunhofer IFAM, offers an abundance of differently functionalised layers for selective coating. IST (International Surface Technology) reports about the inline use of the new plasma technique at TRW.
Plasma without problems: Modern Plastics Worldwide in talks with Plasmatreat CEO
In the June 2008 issue of America’s most widely spread plastic magazine MPW (Modern Plastics Worldwide) the editor-in-chief Matthew Defosse reports on his visit to Plasmatreat Headquarters, Germany and on his talks with CEO Christian Buske.
Secure joints: In-line plasma treatment of hybrid components in medical technology
For many companies it is a great challenge to manufacture leak-tight joints in hybrid components. Specifically in medical technology requirements are particularly high. The journal MedPLAST 2008 reports how by using Openair® plasma new and efficient production concepts are being devised for components in medical technology.
The new PlasmaPlus® process from Plasmatreat provides for the first time the possibility of in-line plasma polymerisation under normal pressure instead of in vacuum. The technique affords an abundance of differently functionalised layers for the selective coating of material surfaces. With reference to the example of the surface treatment of aluminium the technical journal BBR (Bänder, Bleche, Rohre = Strips, Sheets, Pipes) carries a report in its 5/2008 issue about the sensational new plasma technology.