A touch foil applied to a polycarbonate 3D control panel failed the rigorous climatic test demanded by an automotive manufacturer. Bubbles formed in the boundary layer between the plastic substrate and the foil. The world's leading adhesion-technology journal adhesion ADHESIVES & SEALANTS (6/2014) describes how rescue came in the form of Openair® Plasma. link.springer.com/journal/35784
Medicine: New surface functions using plasma nanocoating under atmospheric pressure
Having found widespread use in the automotive, plastics and solar industries throughout the world, Openair® plasma now has its sights set on medical engineering. Swiss technical journal POLYSURFACES (6/2014) reports on the research and applications.
AT Plasmatreat's new microbiology lab at its head office in Steinhagen, Germany, researchers are investigating options for using atmospheric pressure plasma for disinfection. INGREDIENTS & PROCESSING CHAIN (2014/5) presents the new laboratory.
Avionics: Plasma secures aircraft radio communication
Passenger safety depends to a large extent on clear communication between air traffic controllers and pilots. At Rohde & Schwarz potential-free Openair®-Plasma ensures the reliable adhesion of the conformal coating of the plastic encapsulated airborne communication assemblies without any damage of the highly sensitive electronic components. WOMag (5/2014) has the full story.
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.