Best possible treatment of the material surface is the starting point for meeting the rigorous quality requirements of the paint process in the automotive industry, especially when it comes to water-based coatings. To assure the quality of their car switches the South German TRW Automotive plant relies on Openair® Plasma. The American journal PCI (Paint & Coating Industry, 2014/4) has the case study.
Plasma for highest performance: water-based painting of plastic switches
Car manufacturers are forever placing greater demands on the quality and environmental credentials of paint processes for plastic components. To meet these requirements, TRW Automotive pretreats millions of switches and controls with Openair® plasma each year. WOMag (2014/3), Germany’s expert magazine for surface engineering and materials science, details the process.
A leading European semitrailer manufacturer is saving at least 20 tons of chemicals a year in the pretreatment of sandwich panels for large refrigerated trailers. Instead of environmentally harmful solvents, the company uses atmospheric pressure plasma to clean and activate the surfaces. A case study in JOT (2014/3), Germany’s top journal for surface technology, presents all the details.
Medical Technology: Functional Nanocoating with Millimeter Precision
Manufacturing processes in medical engineering demand extremely high standards. With PlasmaPlus® atmospheric plasma coating diffusion barriers and antifrictional coatings can be produced, or antimicrobial layers deposited in a fully automated and continuous inline process. MPN (Medical Plastic News 2014/2) reports on the technology’ state of development.
Be it the new fully automated EPDM-unit “Plasma Tube” or the latest PfW30 nozzle equipped with speed-regulated plasma density control and automatic adjustment - the large range of Plasmatreat’s exhibition pieces and live-demonstrations at the K-2013 has been observed closely by editor David Vink for the latest issue of PLASTCS NEWS (2013/12).
Plastic car switches - Paint adhesion for a lifetime
The painted plastic switches on a dashboard are touched thousands of times during the life of a car.
A case study in IPCM (International Paint & Coating Magazine 2013/11-12) illustrates how Openair® plasma pretreatment ensures the intactness of paint even after years of use.
Electrifying technology – Atmospheric plasma thin-film technology makes plastics conductive
Be it conductive traces, electromagnetic shields or adhesion promoting coatings, a metallic fine-powder thin film applied with the FPC plasma process confers entirely new, functional characteristics on plastics. Fast, environmentally friendly and millimeter-precise. Germany’s leading plastics paper K-ZEITUNG (2013/10) carries the report.
Atmospheric pressure plasma in medical applications: Functional Plasma Coating
PlasmaPlus® creates completely new surface properties. The nanofine functional coatings allow a variety of new applications in medical engineering such as self-cleaning or antimicrobial surfaces. The german technical journal JOT(Journal für Oberflächentechnik, Special Medizin 10/2013) reports in a special edition.
Exploring new horizons: Openair®-Plasma under test in the aircraft industry
The stringent requirements of aircraft manufacturers for corrosion protection and coating demand the highest reliability and quality in the production process. CHEMICAL TECHNOLOGY (2013/8) reports on why Openair® atmospheric pressure plasma is under test in aircraft construction.
Please touch! Plasma treatment for plastic switches
To ensure that the coating on millions of switches and controls forms a secure adhesive bond, American automotive component supplier TRW Automotive treats its plastic components with Openair®plasma. IST (International Surface Technology, 2013/2) reports on the process and its benefits compared with conventional treatment methods.