Touched a thousand times – Plasma for quality assurance in the production of car switches
Car manufacturers are forever placing greater demands on the quality and environmental credentials of paint processes for the plastic components used in their vehicle interiors. To meet these requirements, TRW Automotive pretreats millions of switches and controls with Openair® plasma each year. Germany’s leading plastics magazine KUNSTSTOFFE reports on the process.
Cleaning at the speed of sound. Atmospheric plasma for ambitious cleaning solutions
Proper pretreatment is essential to achieve safe and longtime stable bond adhesion and immaculate finishes for paints and imprints. IPCM (International Paint & Coating Magazine 2012/9-10) reports on the fast and highly effective cleaning with Openair®-Plasma.
Green, Fast and Secure: Atmospheric Plasma for Critical Bonding
The technologies of sealing and adhesive bonding are closely related to surface engineering. The American journal ASI (Adhesives & Sealants Industries, 2012/10) describes why Openair® plasma is an environmentally friendly, cost-efficient and high-tech alternative to traditional pretreatment methods.
Automobile engineering: Openair® plasma allows mask-free pretreatment of the Audi Q5 cockpit
Masking before filling instrument panels with foam is a labor-intensive process. A way out of masking and what other advantages can be derived therefrom is shown by the Openair® plasma process that is in use by the automotive supplier Peguform for the Audi Q5 series. POLYMOTIVE (2012/10) reports on the process.
PlasmaPlus® in Medical Engineering: Barriers and Antibacterial Protection
Manufacturing processes in medical engineering demand extremely high standards. Surfaces must be absolutely spotless, or even sterile, before they can be further processed or used. Furthermore, pre-treatment processes must be very reliable and precisely reproducible. MEDIZIN & TECHNIK (Medizin & Technik 2012/9) explains how the PlasmaPlus® technology meets these requirements.
PlasmaPlus®, an atmospheric plasma technology and recent winner of the Industry Award 2012, offers a wealth of locally selective, functional nanocoatings for material surfaces. The German engineering magazine KONSTRUKTION (7/8-2012) reports.
Atmospheric Plasma Treatment in Circuit Board Manufacture
The best possible adhesion of conductive inks applied by the screen printing process to the surfaces of sensor circuit boards is essential for manufacturers. The American PCB Magazine (Painted Circuit Boards, 8/2012) reports on how Openair® plasma tripled the throughput and reduced adhesion problems to zero.
For the production of the new design car key from Volkswagen a perfect paint appearance and long-time stable adhesion were given topmost priority. Thanks to Openair® plasma treatment series production could be guaranteed after only 6 months. The US journal PCI (Paint & Coatings Industry, 2012/6) reports.
For medical device manufacturers, atmospheric plasma treatment offers significant benefits to facilitate and improve adhesion and bonding potential. MPN (Medical Plastics News 2012/5-6) has published a case story on the production of metal and plastic oxygenator fittings as a single part.
In comparison to conventional pretreatment methods - such as chemical, flame or corona treatment - atmospheric plasma offers a large number of advantages when it comes i.e. to plastics decorating processes. The US-magazine PLASTICS DECORATING (2012/6) gives a detailed report.