Nature as a Role Model – Plasma for lightweight panel production
Innovative solutions are needed to address future strategies such as resource conservation and energy efficiency. By producing large honeycomb panels and using Openair® plasma for surface treatment before painting, panel manufacturer MonoPan Composites supplies high quality components to the commercial vehicle industry. IST (International Surface Technology, 1/2018) has the case study.
Four renowned German plastics specialists report on innovative injection molding technologies for hybrid lightweight applications, including the new Plasma-SealTight® technology from Plasmatreat. Source: Hanser Verlag, Kunststoffe-International (12/2017)
“Potential-free surface treatment” - AP plasma ensures sustainable adhesive processes for LED lighting
A leading lighting manufacturer decided to radically change the pretreatment process used prior to bonding his LED industrial lighting. Replacing wet chemical processes with atmospheric pressure plasma proved a very environmentally safe means of increasing the long-term stability of the adhesive bond. The specialist journal DICHT! (No.4/2017) reports on the reasons for and consequences of this 180-degree turn.
Electronics: “Change for the better” - Plasma in the LED lighting adhesion process
Lighting manufacturer Waldmann based in Swabia in Southern Germany decided to radically change his pretreatment process prior to bonding. With the aid of Openair®-Plasma, he increased the surface quality and long-time stability of the adhesive bond in a very environmentally friendly way. Read the case study in the specialist journal “DICHTUNGSTECHNIK 2018 Annual”.
Automotive Engineering: Corrosion protection from the plasma nozzle
When ZF TRW Automotive decided ten years ago to coat a safety-relevant aluminum component with atmospheric pressure plasma to improve corrosion protection, it was a world first. Today the company pretreats over one million parts a year with Plasmatreat’s environmentally friendly plasma jet technology. The specialist journal ALUMINIUM-PRAXIS (10/2017) reports on this successful application.
“Mass-production, individually designed” – Plasma in UV inkjet digital printing
It has only recently become possible to print and personalize completely round objects, like a ball, using UV digital printing technology. Printer manufacturer Heidelberg relies on Openair® plasma for the pretreatment of surfaces, which ensures long-time stable adhesion and high wear resistance of the uncoated printing inks. WORLD OF PRINT (10/2017) reports.
Structural bonding: Plasma replaces solvent and keying processes
Schmitz Cargobull, Europe's leading semitrailer manufacturer, gave up using organic solvents prior to the structural bonding of sandwich panels several years ago. Instead, the company pretreats over 16,000 new refrigerated semitrailers a year with Openair®-Plasma. WERKSTOFFE (No. 5/2017) reports in detail on this large-scale application.
The automotive industry relies on reliable and sustainable processes to ensure the consistently high quality and adhesion of bonded or coated products. Plasmatreat processes not only satisfy these stringent requirements, they also enhance product quality. Germany's leading magazine on surface technology JOT(9/2017) reports on typical applications.
Changing from an established industrial process to a completely different one is a huge step. A leading lighting manufacturer was brave enough to make the switch and now treats tens of thousands of aluminum housings a year with Openair® plasma instead of solvents prior to bonding. Read more in the International ALUMINIUM Journal (7-8/2017).
“On the ball”: Rotary plasma ensures adhesion in UV digital printing
Printer manufacturer HEIDELBERG benefited from using rotary plasma beams to develop a world first. Round and free-form objects are pretreated with Openair® plasma in the UV inkjet digital printer before being individually printed. KUNSTSTOFFE INTERNATIONAL (07/2017) carries an in-depth report on the new application.