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Orolia Group Seeks Out Vacuum Plasma Treatment

Plasma Treating Improves Adhesion

Dyne Technology, the UK and Ireland’s number one Plasma Treating equipment supplier and trusted advisers for solving the problems of adhesion, metal cleaning solutions and improving wettability, has struck up a partnership with the Orolia Group.

The Orolia group reached out to Dyne Technology when looking to improve the adhesion strength of the Smartfind S20 SRS (Survival Recovery System) as they had been experiencing water entering the component. The Smartfind S20 SRS provides a reliable and cost effective solution for sea crew safety.  It has been specifically designed as a personal AIS search and rescue locating device to quickly and efficiently locate and retrieve a missing crew member by transmitting information including GPS position information.

Improving adhesion with Plasma Treating

Laboratory VacuLABTo ensure the device was watertight, plasma surface activation was vital to the traditionally “non-stick” plastics held within the Smartfind S20, including polypropylene. Dyne Technology engineers worked closely alongside the Orolia team to best understand their manufacturing solution in order to provide the most efficient plasma treating technology possible. From this, a bench top Vacuum Plasma treatment unit was chosen as the most effective method to ensure the most effective treatment alongside the right treatment unit for their manufacturing process.

The portable vacuum plasma treatment unit is used prior to glue application and plasma surface treats the polypropylene (and other material) parts held within the Smartfind S20. The low surface energy of polymer-based substrates such as PP; PEEK; PA; TPE; HDPE and also glass, composites, metals, acrylics etc. often leads to poor adhesion of inks, glues and coatings.

How does it work?

Laboratory Vacuum Plasma TreatmentThe bench top  unit is comprised of a plasma chamber and works on the same principles as a full size Vacuum chamber. Using a vacuum pump most of the air is removed from a sealed chamber and the chamber pressure is lowered to achieve the required level of remaining gas. This is then subjected to a strong electrical field which by ionising the gas within the chamber, creates plasma. Within the highly active plasma chamber, free radicals and other excited particles can attach to the material’s surface which results in the formation of additional polar groups on the treated material’s surface, significantly contributing to the increased level of adhesion that can be achieved. Since plasma treating the units the adhesion quality of the glue has improved significantly and water can no longer enter the unit.

The portable Vacuum Plasma treatment unit has given the Orolia group control of the Plasma Treating process, allowing quality assurance and cost savings. Portable vacuum plasma is ideal for research and design, trials and treating small batch quantities of a whole range of small metal and plastic components, ideal for the Smartfind S20 SRS.

Easy to use and set up, the unit requires only a 240v, 13A electrical supply and comes with its own vacuum pump, making it operational within minutes. Featuring operator friendly touch screen control, the unit is quick and easy to use, with easily adjustable key parameters (i.e. treatment power, time and vacuum level) allowing operators to have total process control.

Speak to an expert!

Call us logoIf you’re facing the problems of adhesion or looking to improve surface cleanliness, get in touch with the UK and Ireland’s Plasma Treating equipment supplier Dyne Technology. You can speak to our technical experts by calling us on +44(0) 1543 411 460 or emailing support@dynetechnology.co.uk.