Surface ACTIVATION WITH PLASMA technologieS ENABLES MANY INDUSTRIAL opErationS

Plasma trusting Industries

Atmospheric pressure plasma has become vital for the current automotive industry.
Auto parts are made of polymers, glass, metals or sometimes composite – at some point of the manufacturing process, all require excellent adhesive or wettability capacities.

Plasma on automotive parts is used when :

  • Treating the instrument panel
  • Treating outer panels prior to bonding
  • Painting composite or plastic parts
  • Treating EPDM profiles
  • Activating a bonding line prior to press step

Automotive

Aerospace and defense

Aerospace and defence firms are enthusiastic users of high performing materials: technical polymers, ceramics, metals or high properties composites.
These materials require top-notch surface treatment with high specific features. Atmospheric pressure plasma treatment provides a reliable and highly efficient alternative to traditional processes, while drastically reducing the impact on the environment.

Producing various types of packaging items requires technologies that can adapt to large scale manufacturing. Bonding, printing, varnishing or laminating are crucial and demanding steps – they require an excellent surface preparation to guarantee a reliable product output: this especially applies to paper, cardboard, glass or plastic.
Atmospheric plasma technologies provide highly effective solutions when it comes to productivity, efficiency and environment-friendly.

Some examples :

  • Cardboard treatment prior to folding and laminating
  • Cork or end caps marking
  • Polymer or aluminium packaging embellishing

Packaging industry

Electrical and electronics industries

Protecting surfaces and ensuring high quality connections is a major issue for the manufacturing processes of electrical or electronic systems.

Applications for micro-technologies include:

  • Circuit cleaning prior to coating
  • Pre-potting treatment
  • Cable manufacturing applications

Surface treatment by atmospheric plasma is highly suitable for these industries as they deal with complex, miniaturized parts made of various materials and where the quest for the highest manufacturing quality is at stake.

Some examples:

  • Treatment of inner watch parts or dial parts /li>
  • Watch glass treatment
  • Bonding of miniaturized parts
  • Precision cleaning

High-end industries, jewellery and watch-making industries

Medical and pharmaceutical industries

Manufacturing pharmaceutical and medical devices requires highly performing solutions as of cleaning, assembling or marking operations: these steps must comply with traceability requirements pertaining to specific manufacturing processes as applicable in those industries.
Atmospheric pressure plasma treatment technologies comply with most materials and shapes as encountered in these industries. They fully meet their specific requirements.

For example:

  • Syringes treatment
  • Ophthalmic lenses treatment
  • Implantable devices treatment
  • Micro-fluid systems
  • Catheters

Textile and polymer or composite foils feature new mechanical properties such as mechanical strength, soft properties or surface features (water or oil repellent). These features are premiums to meet specific industries’ demands – such as packaging, medical of technical clothing.

To prep these new textiles prior to dyeing, printing or laminating operations, an atmospheric plasma surface treatment – carried out in dry conditions – is the best alternative to using solvents.

Textile industry

Research Labs

The technology for atmospheric plasma surface treatment is spreading: many research labs and institutes specializing in fundamental or applied research support and back up its expansion.

Because plasma surface treatment is environmental-friendly, universities and private sector work are highly committed on working together on applied research projects – the purpose of which is to upgrade existing surface treatment processes as well as developing new materials and analysing their properties.