Which Plasma Treatment Technology is right for me?
Dyne Technology, the UK and Ireland’s leading Plasma Treating technology supplier takes a simple, concise look at the different types of Surface Treatment methods to help you decide which Plasma Treatment equipment is right for your manufacturing process.
Determining the exact Plasma Technology requires expert support as the right Plasma system for you is dependant upon a number of factors including manufacturing process, the shape of the component and the material. If you require further assistance determining which method of Plasma Treatment is right for you, get in touch with the Dyne Technology engineers who are well placed to provide trusted advice on the problems of adhesion and surface cleanliness. Dyne Technology also have a state-of-the-art Laboratory located at their head offices based in Lichfield, Staffordshire to provide testing and demonstrations of our industry leading Plasma technology.
What is Plasma Treatment?
Having issues bonding to “non-stick” polymers and composites? Experiencing difficulty achieving high levels of surface cleanliness on metals, ceramics or glass?
Plasma Treating is an economical and environmentally friendly addition to your manufacturing process and our various high technology plasma treatment equipment offers unrivaled performance and the flexibility to fit perfectly within your manufacturing process.
Achieving the good adhesion of paints, coatings, glues and sealants to traditionally “non-stick” plastics such as polypropylene, PEEK and many more, is a problem which is faced widely throughout the UK and Ireland’s manufacturing industries. When attempting adhesion, gaskets fail, inks will wipe off after printing and coatings just won’t adhere!
This is because these “non-stick” materials favoured throughout the UK and Ireland’s manufacturing industries have a low surface energy; as a result of this, achieving good adhesion will be difficult at best but most likely near impossible.
Although alternative treatment methods for improving adhesion to these materials are available, for example volatile solvent based primers and high temperature flame torch treatment, these methods are often high cost and damaging to both the material’s surface and the environment.
Plasma Treating is an environmentally friendly, cost effective method of surface activation which is easily repeatable and ensures consistent, high quality results.
Our relatively cold Plasma ensures high quality surface activation and surface cleaning while ensuring no damage is done to the material’s surface, in fact, with the naked eye you won’t even be able to see we’ve been there!
How can Plasma Treatment improve surface cleanliness?
If you’re seeking the removal of foreign contaminants present on a material’s surface, plasma is an excellent option for the cleaning of materials prior to adhesion and coating applications. Plasma Cleaning is achieved when the gas being used (often compressed air) to create the plasma is subjected to a high energy discharge; the gas is then broken up into ions, electrons, free radicals and other excited particles. These excited particles effectively scrub the surface of the substrate clean, removing organic contamination from the surface.
What options are available to you?
There are three types of surface treatment methods available, Atmospheric Plasma, Vacuum Plasma and Corona Treatment. Each of these surface treatment methods have their own unique benefits and the right Plasma Treatment technology for you will be entirely dependent on your manufacturing process and the parts you are seeking to treat or clean.
Rest assured that whether you are seeking the Plasma Treatment of Plastics or Plasma Cleaning of metals over a large or small area, on extrusions, sheets or web material, we have the surface treatment method to suit your needs.
Plasma is ideal for:
- In line processes & integration with automation
- High line speeds
- Targeted large and small treatment areas
- Ideal for extrusions
- Batch processes
- Research and Development
- Complex geometry parts
Corona Treatment is ideal for:
- Web material
- Foam and board
- Large flat sheets
- Cost effective solutions
Which components can be processed?
- Conductive and non-conductive narrow webs
- Electrical cables
- Pipes and tubes
- Medical devices
- Automotive components
- Board and foam
- 3D parts
- Extruded profiles
- Domestic appliances
- And many more…