Plasma polymerisation at normal atmospheric pressure
What hitherto was only possible in vacuum can now take place in-line at normal atmospheric pressure. The newly developed plasma technology PlasmaPlus® offers an abundance of differently functionalised layers for the locally selective coating of the surfaces of materials. In its 1/2009 issue the journal WERKSTOFFE carries a report on the process.
Plasma replaces chemical precleaning for aluminium coil
By means of a process unique anywhere in the world Openair® atmospheric-pressure plasma technology has succeeded in a Swiss coil coating production plant in replacing all chemical precleaning processes. The process is employed for aluminium strip material in facade cladding construction. The German technical journal MO (Metalloberfläche) carries a report in its 12/2008 issue on this startling new process.
Pioneering corrosion protection by new plasma technology
Whether the aim is to provide protection against corrosion or to facilitate cleaning of a surface, the PlasmaPlus® technology newly developed by Plasmatreat offers an abundance of different layers for selective coating. AIT Aluminium International Today reports in its December 2008 issue on the pioneering corrosion protection.
An automotive subcontractor was faced with the challenge of retrofitting an anticorrosive treatment for an aluminium part into an existing process chain. In its special issue for 12/2008 JOT (Journal für Oberflächentechnik) reports on how the use of Openair® plasma for this purpose fulfilled all requirements with regard to quality, feasibility of integration and costs.
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.