High Technology Vacuum Plasma Replacement Boosts Performance for Amphenol UK

Dyne Technology, the UK and Ireland’s Number One Plasma Treating equipment supplier, have worked closely with renowned interconnect solutions manufacturer, Amphenol UK to upgrade their Plasma Cleaning process.

Amphenol, based in Kent, offer a full design and manufacturing service for a large range of military and industrial connectors and interconnect solutions, including cable assembly, over-moulding and electronic packaging. The Amphenol team reached out to Dyne Technology when seeking to upgrade their Vacuum Plasma unit which was both activated the polymer surface and cleaning the metal made electrical connectors. This dual surface activation process ensures both the metal is clean and the polymer is “activated”, ensuring good adhesion in one uniform process!

How does Plasma Cleaning work?

Plasma treating is ideal for the high demands of the electrical manufacturing industry. The inherently clean treatment process is free from any electrical potential, making it the perfect surface preparation for components containing electrical circuits. The clean, potential free discharge ensures that circuits are not subjected to electrical discharge during the treating process for both surface activation and surface cleaning.

Plasma Cleaning is excellent at removing organic contaminants from the metals surface as within the Plasma are many excited particles, from electrons to short wave UV light photons. When these species are excited by a high energy discharge, they effectively scrub the surface, thoroughly cleaning it.

Vacuum Plasma is ideal for complex geometry parts and ensuring consistent cleanliness, as the high energy discharge effectively cleans difficult to reach areas of the part being treated.

The Vacuum Plasma Chamber

The Vacuum plasma unit was chosen as the ideal replacement for their previous Plasma Treatment system, ideal for cleaning Amphenol’s small and low volume production electrical connectors. The plasma unit offered swift treatment time, increasing Amphenol’s production throughput and the Vacuum Plasma technology ensures that even hard to reach areas are cleaned efficiently, increasing product performance.

Easy to use and set up, requires 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 the Experts

Are you interested in finding out more about Vacuum Plasma treatment?

The UK based Dyne Technology Plasma Treatment experts are on hand, just give us a call on +44 (0) 1543 411 460 or complete the form on our contact us page.

Vacuum Plasma Treatment Improves Adhesion for Aston Martin

VacuTEC Aston Martin

The luxury automotive manufacturer who needs little introduction, Aston Martin, has utilised Plasma Treating into their manufacturing process.

Aston Martin has successfully installed the latest in High Technology Vacuum Plasma systems to surface treat the Polypropylene upper body components for their highly anticipated new vehicle release. Installed in their state of the art facilities at Gaydon, is set to provide a wealth of benefits for Aston Martin’s manufacturing process.

Working with the engineers at Lichfield based Dyne Technology, the team has developed a process to solve the common problem of achieving strong adhesion to low surface energy materials, also known as low or non-polar material’s such as PP,PE,HPDE and many more.

Aston Martin faced the problem of adhesion as high quality hand crafted leather trim was to be bonded to the interior trim mouldings to give the interior of the vehicle the iconic Aston Martin style. The interior trim mouldings require surface treatment prior to adhesion and vacuum plasma presented the ideal solution to modify the surface of the interior trim by increasing its polarity.

“Dyne Technology were the perfect partner for us, they offered excellent local support, adopted a flexible approach to ensure we received the solution that was right for us and were both technically and commercially competitive. An unbeatable combination.” – Carl Daniels, Spokesman for Aston Martin

How does Vacuum Plasma help to solve the problems of adhesion?

The ideal solution for the surface activation of the interior trim moldings is the highly effective Vacuum Plasma unit composed of a large vacuum plasma chamber, using a vacuum pump most of the air is removed from this sealed chamber. The chamber pressure will then reach the required level of remaining air (or other gas) and is subjected to a strong electrical field.

This strong electrical field ionises air and other gases, this super ionised air, also known as plasma then occupies the treatment chamber. The resulting modified surface has a strong chemical attraction to inks, paint, coatings, adhesives etc. leading to significantly enhanced surface energy and therefore adhesion.

The vacuum plasma unit installed at Aston Martin by Dyne Technology Ltd has a capacity of nearly 1m³ with two internal treatment trays is not only easy to use but incredibly effective, the unit can treat a complete car set of upper body environment in one go with a treatment time of just 45 seconds.

Taking back control

The installation ” has given Aston Martin the ability to take complete control of the plasma treating process in house. This brings a large number of benefits, discounting the need to use external suppliers to treat parts prior to build, this reduces costs, gives control of time scales, eliminates the risk of damage during process and ensures process consistency.

The VacuTEC is mounted on wheels to allow easy relocation throughout the production facility and comes complete with its own vacuum pump. Dyne Technology engineers worked closely with Aston Martin throughout the project conducting a large range of process trials and studies before agreeing a detailed specification. After delivery, Dyne Technology’s UK based experts installed and commissioned the unit before conducting on-site training for the Aston Martin maintenance and production teams.

Are you having problems with adhesion?

Question ButtonIf you’re experiencing problems with adhesion, you can get in touch with the Dyne Technology team on +44(0) 1543 411 460 or by emailing info@dynetechnology.co.uk.

Corona Treatment of Polypropylene Sheets for ARM Buildings

ARM Buildings Limited, one of the largest suppliers of pig buildings within the UK, have been operating within the industry for thirty-five years. Their long history of product development has undoubtedly helped to cement their outstanding reputation for being a high quality service provider for both the engineering and building industries.

ARM Buildings contacted Dyne Technology when seeking a solution to gaining strong adhesion to the internal polypropylene panel cladding used to build the high quality pig buildings.

With over 40 years industry experience, UK based Dyne Technology were confident that by working closely with the ARM Buildings team, a solution could be found that would both solve the problems of adhesion and optimise their manufacturing process. Working together with the engineers at Lichfield based Dyne Technology, the ARM Buildings team has implemented a solution to improve the adhesion of the low surface energy polypropylene internal cladding.

“Dyne Technology is the perfect partner for us, they offer excellent UK based support, have a very flexible approach and they were both technically and commercially competitive”. – Andrew Brittain, Operations Director – ARM Buildings

Corona Treating PolypropyleneThe most appropriate Surface Treatment Technology was proven to be the Foam and Board Corona Treating unit, used to modify the surface of the polypropylene internal face panel. Corona Treating significantly increases the polypropylene’s polarity, which significantly contributes to the level of adhesion that can be achieved, prior to bonding onto the stud frame and insulation.

Corona Treatment of Polypropylene sheets

The Dyne Technology team worked closely with the engineers at ARM Buildings to ensure the specification of the Corona Treating unit met their exact requirements. Single and dual sided treatment systems are available with a treatment width of up to 3 metres wide and a board thickness of up to 50mm. In this instance only a single side of the polypropylene panel needed to undergo surface activation which brought ARM Buildings considerable cost savings.Foam and Board Corona Treating

The board and foam Corona Treating unit is mounted on wheels to allow easy relocation within the production facility, giving flexibility to ARM Buildings’ manufacturing process. The unit is equipped with an automatic sliding door which enables easy access to the treating area for cleaning or maintenance.

The unit is also equipped with safety switches and interlocks to ensure safe use, while an ozone extraction and filter system is supplied which eliminates ozone generated during the treatment process ensuring safe use. After delivery, Dyne Technology’s UK based experts installed and commissioned the unit before conducting on-site training for the ARM Buildings production teams.

Do you need to speak to an expert?

If you’re facing the problems of adhesion and are seeking an economical, efficient and effective solution, get in touch with us today.

Call us logoAs the UK and Ireland’s Number One supplier of Plasma and Corona Treatment equipment, the Dyne Technology technical experts are best placed to provide trusted advice to help you solve your problems of adhesion. You can contact us on +44(0) 1543 411 460 or email support@dynetechnology.co.uk.

Vacuum Plasma for F1 Giant Red Bull

For more than a decade, Red Bull Racing has forged a unique path in sport’s most technologically advanced and competitively compelling arena – Formula One.

Red Bull reached out to Dyne Technology when seeking new and advanced technology to both super clean metals and activate the surface of non-stick materials such as PEEK and carbon fibre.

Following in depth discussions with the Dyne Technology Plasma experts, Vacuum Plasma technology was determined to be the best solution for Red Bull due to the flexibility it brings. The large Vacuum Plasma chamber size is compatible with multiple component sizes and multiple parts can undergo treatment at once.

Vacuum Plasma offers a uniform and reproducible process, swift treatment times and ensures optimum adhesion properties for the PEEK, Carbon Fibre and various metal components such as Titanium and Aluminium after undoing Plasma Surface Treatment. Following installation and recognition of all of the benefits Vacuum Plasma added to their R&D and production process, Red Bull purchased a second unit with a considerably bigger chamber size to accommodate  larger components.

How do we Plasma Clean metals?

Our incredible novel technology super cleans the surface of the material undergoing treatment which in turn increases the strength of bond that can be achieved.

Plasma is created when a gas, in this instance and many others, compressed air, is subjected to a high energy discharge: the gas breaks up into electrons, ions, highly reactive free radicals, short wave UV light photons and other excited particles. When these species are excited by a high energy discharge, they effectively scrub the surface to be cleaned and is effective even on difficult to reach areas.

How do we surface activate composites and plastics?

The system is composed of a large Vacuum Plasma chamber, using a vacuum pump most of the air is removed from this sealed chamber. The chamber pressure will then reach the required level of remaining air (or other gas) and is subjected to a strong electrical field.

This strong electrical field ionises air and other gases, this super ionised air, also known as plasma then occupies the treatment chamber. The resulting modified surface has a strong chemical attraction to inks, paint, coatings, adhesives etc. leading to significantly enhanced surface energy and therefore adhesion.

As Vacuum Plasma is a cold Plasma, you will not experience and marking or grinning of composites – in fact, you won’t even be able to tell we’ve been there!

Pushing the boundaries of innovation…

The installation of the Vacuum Plasma unit has given Red Bull Racing the ability to take complete control of the Plasma Treatment process in house. This brings a large number of benefits, discounting the need to use external suppliers to treat parts prior to build, this reduces costs, gives control of time scales, eliminates the risk of damage during process and ensures process consistency.

Most importantly, the novel technology ensures innovative R&D on new materials development for Red Bull Racing helping them stay ahead of the curve.

Are you having problems with adhesion?

If you’re experiencing problems with adhesion, you can get in touch with the Dyne Technology team on +44(0) 1543 411 460 or by filling in the form on the Contact Us page.

Plasma Treatment of Polypropylene Medical Implants

Dyne Technology, the UK and Ireland’s Number One Plasma Treatment supplier, has supplied a leading medical device manufacturer with a vacuum plasma unit. Our customer reached out to the Dyne Technology engineers when facing the problems of adhesion to a polypropylene made implanted medical device. The “non-stick” nature of the polypropylene made attempting adhesion impossible and our customer required a repeatable and reliable method of surface activation.

Following in-depth discussions and collaborative testing with Dyne Technology engineers, the state-of-the-art, NEW and high technology Vacuum Plasma unit was chosen as the surface activation method of choice.

How does it work?

The perfect Plasma Treating technology for you is dependent on several factors including material, application and your production process.

Our customer required the entirety of the medical implant to undergo Plasma Surface Treatment; Vacuum Plasma Treatment of medical implants is excellent as the entirety of the part undergoes treatment  due to the highly active environment within the Plasma chamber. Atmospheric Plasma is better suited for parts undergoing targeted treatment.

The vacuum plasma provides an easily repeatable surface activation which utilises tried and tested Plasma technology to increase the surface energy of the polypropylene medical device. Dyne Technology worked with our customers engineers to determine the important treatment parameters, including time and power output, to ensure optimum performance.

Why Vacuum Plasma?

Question ButtonUsing a vacuum pump, the majority of air is removed from the sealed Plasma chamber, the chamber pressure is then lowered to achieve the required level of gas. The remaining gas (usually air) is then subjected to a strong electrical field which ionises the gas within the chamber, creating Plasma.

The Plasma chamber is a highly active environment where free radicals and other excited particles can attach to the surface of the polypropylene medical device. The formation of these additional polar groups significantly increases the quality of adhesion that can be achieved.

The unit has given our customer control of the Plasma Treating process allowing for their engineers to have control over quality assurance which is of paramount importance.

The bench top unit is also ideal for future research and design, trials and treating small batch quantities of plastics, ceramics, metals and glass.

Here’s the clever new addition, the unit comes with the capability to add different gases; the choice of gas will be dependent upon the functionality you wish to achieve and the material being treated. Complete with two external gas connectors, you can mix the percentage of gases you wish to achieve; that is if you wish to use any “special” gases as in many cases, compressed air is the perfect choice.

Easy to use and set up, the plasma generator requires only a 240v, 13A electrical supply and comes with a vacuum pump that can be sized to suit the customers’ production demands. The whole system can be 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 the Plasma Treatment experts!

Call us logoIf you’re facing a similar problem to our customer, why not get in touch? With over 40 year’s practical industry experience, the Dyne Technology team are best placed to provide trusted advice and guidance on how to solve the problems of adhesion.

You can get in touch with us by calling +44(0) 1543 411 460 or alternatively email support@dynetechnology.co.uk.

Plasma Cleaning Plastic before Ultrasonic Welding

pdf downloadDyne Technology Ltd, the UK and Ireland’s Number One supplier of Plasma Treatment technology, look at how Plasma improves the surface cleanliness of plastics and how this was beneficial for our customer prior to ultrasonic welding.

A customer approached Dyne Technology when searching for a green and economical method of cleaning a 3D polyolefin component prior to the ultrasonic welding of small plastic brackets. Plasma Cleaning offers a clean, green alternative to nasty environmentally damaging solvent based cleaners which the customer desperately wanted to avoid.

Why Plasma Cleaning?

Many are aware that Plasma provides a fast and effective treatment for the removal of organic contaminants from the surface of metal, glass and ceramic components; however, it is not widely known that Plasma is also excellent for removing organic contaminants from the surface of plastics.

How does it work? Plasma is created when a gas (usually compressed air) is subjected to a high-energy discharge: the gas breaks up into electrons, ions, highly reactive free radicals, short wave UV light photons and other excited particles. When these species are excited by a high-energy discharge, they effectively scrub the surface to be cleaned.

The type of Plasma Treatment equipment required is heavily dependent on the component undergoing treatment and your manufacturing process. In this instance, Atmospheric Plasma was the cleaning method of choice, but Vacuum Plasma also provides a uniform and reproducible process for the removal of organic contaminants from the material’s surface.

Atmospheric Plasma Surface Cleaning

Both Vacuum and Atmospheric Plasma can be used for surface cleaning plastics, however which one is right for you is highly dependent on your application.

Atmospheric Plasma offers an excellent option for those looking for targeted surface cleaning, perfect for our customer’s application of applying small plastic brackets.

Atmospheric Plasma can easily be integrated with both new and existing production lines; typically, integration with automation offers an excellent solution for targeted treatment areas due to the repeatability and consistency of treatment offered.

The Dyne Technology team has vast experience designing a breadth of robotic Plasma Treatment units, including robotic Atmospheric Plasma cells. When integrating Atmospheric Plasma with automation, the Dyne Technology engineers are always keen to ensure that the unit is both easy to operate and maintain alongside having a compact design and small factory footprint.

The Atmospheric Plasma system is an economical, environmentally friendly and efficient method of surface activation. Our customer required only a single nozzle, however if the need arises, production can easily be increased with additional nozzles. The unit features a timer mode and boasts simultaneous and independent nozzle operation for true flexibility. Adjustable parameters allow for reliable and consistent surface activation.

Dual Performance Technology

Did you know that following continued treating, Plasma will also “activate” the surface of plastics? Plasma Surface Activation is a highly effective, long lasting method of increasing the surface energy of plastics and rubbers, such as Polypropylene (PP) and Polyethylene (PE).

eco_friendlyThe increased surface energy allows for better wetting of adhesives, coatings and inks alongside contributing to a better chemical affinity between the adhesive and the substrate.

It’s important to note that Plasma Treating doesn’t alter the bulk property of the material, in fact, you won’t even be able to tell we’ve been there.

Let’s Chat!

Call us logoAre you having problems with adhesion? Are you looking to super clean plastics, metals, ceramics or glass? The Dyne Technology technical engineers are only a phone call away.

Give us a call on +44(0) 1543 411 460 to discuss whether Plasma Treatment could have a place within your manufacturing process. We also offer sample treatment from our state-of-the-art laboratory located in Lichfield, the heart of the Midlands to determine whether surface activation is right for you.

Goodbye Flame Treatment, Hello High Performance Plasma

Dyne Technology, the UK and Ireland’s leading Plasma Treatment technology supplier has worked closely with market leading thermoplastic hose and tube manufacturer, Copely Developments, to upgrade their surface activation process.

copely-developmentsProblems of adhesion were not uncommon for Copely Developments when manufacturing their extruded hoses, tubes and profiles for many applications from pneumatics, air brakes, fire detection systems to garden hoses. Surface activation prior to printing is critical as without it, the inkjet print simply rubbed off. Copely Developments Ltd contacted Dyne Technology when seeking to replace their old inefficient flame treatment system.

The engineering team at Copely explored alternatives to Flame Treatment because of the unreliable performance it delivered and the lack of control it allowed over their production process. The lack of consistent results presented huge issues as safety critical markings are printed onto the fire detection tubes which require a strong bond to ensure high print resiliency.

warning-838655_960_720Alongside poor print adhesion the high running cost of Flame Treatment was another important deciding factor for Copely Developments. The Flame Treatment system needed frequent gas bottle replacement. The use of a naked flame in Copely’s thermoplastic extrusion facility presented a significant health and safety concern, this is often reflected in the higher cost of buildings insurance to manufacturers using this process.

Why Plasma Treatment?

The hoses are produced on two separate extrusion lines with speeds ranging from 5 – 30 metres per minute and a flexible and easily repeatable, in-line method of surface activation was essential.

copely-developments-nozzleWorking closely with Copley’s engineers the Dyne Technology technical team conducted initial tests at the Dyne Technology Technical Centre and established that the most appropriate surface treatment method was atmospheric Plasma. The next step was to carry out an on-site on-line production trial with the selected equipment to satisfy both the Technical and production teams at Copely Developments.

 “The Dyne Technology team provided fantastic customer support in helping us determine the best method of surface activation for our manufacturing process by conducting a “no fuss on site trial” on our production line. We are thrilled with the high performance as it provides consistent, reliable results and is much cheaper to run than the flame system installed previously. Plasma Treatment provided us with a repeatable method of surface activation that we can trust to provide consistent results every time. – Steve Walton, Operations Director

Do you want to find out more?

Call us logoDyne Technology is the UK and Ireland’s Number One Plasma Treating technology supplier. If you feel Plasma Treating could have a place in your production and engineering processes, please do not hesitate to get in touch!

Multi Axis DBD Plasma (Corona Treatment) of Bollards

pdf downloadDyne Technology, the UK and Ireland’s Number One supplier of Plasma Treatment equipment has vast experience throughout a multitude of industries.  Surface Treatment often plays an important part in manufacturing a variety of large two and three-dimensional plastic items; Examples of these include 2D flat sheets and 3D components including bollards and signage prior to coating or fixing of label adhesives.

Our customer approached Dyne Technology after having trouble achieving good adhesion of the labels due to the “non-stick” nature of the polyethylene (or similar materials) made bollards. It was vital to ensure good adhesion of the safety critical reflective labels and ensure the bond was strong enough to withstand being exposed to the elements.

Plasma Treatment of BollardsFollowing a series of tests undertaken by Dyne Technology engineers, it became clear that the surface needed to be “activated” to achieve the high level of adhesion required. After in-depth discussions with our customer to better understand their manufacturing process and important pre-requisite requirements, the most appropriate solution was determined to be a Multi Axis DBD Plasma (also known as Corona Treatment) unit.

The Solution

The Plasma unit is cost effective solution to the problem of improving both the surface energy and wettability of solid materials. A multi axis treatment system, utilising Plasma technology, was determined the most appropriate method of implementing surface treatment into the customer’s production unit.

Corona Treatment of BollardsThe system is constructed from extruded aluminium and stainless steel and has a specially designed machine bed to accommodate the product to be processed. The unit is operated via a touch screen Human Machine Interface (HMI) and is easy to operate for control and programming purposes. Through the HMI the operator can view the current machine status, axis positions, total product count, machine status and current cycle stage; The HMI also allows the machines axes to be moved in manual mode and all aspects can be tested prior to operation.

The Surface Treatment Process

DBD Plasma Treatment of BollardsThe bollard is manually positioned on the location bed and the start button is pressed. The unit then automatically moves the Treatment head accurately and repeatedly over the surface to be treated to ensure consistent results.

The machine’s axis and drive units are safely enclosed behind a safety screen with light guard to the access area to allow for quick and safe access to the load/unload area. The simple design of the unit allows the user to set the optimum treatment level for the corona treatment nozzle/s giving the customer true flexibility.

Could Plasma Treating be for you?

Call us logoIf you think Plasma Treating could provide one easy solution for you, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Dyne Technology team. You can contact our technical experts by calling +44(0) 1543 411 460 or emailing support@dynetechnology.co.uk.

Vacuum Plasma Surface Activation for Grupo Antolin

Grupo Antolin’s acquisition of Magna Interiors has formed one of the world’s largest players in the car interiors market. When they faced an adhesion problem whilst attempting to bond to the glass-filled polypropylene composite instrument panel developed for the Jaguar X260, they approached Lichfield based Dyne Technology Ltd. for a solution.

Traditionally “non-stick” materials widely used throughout automotive manufacturing, such as glass filled polypropylene, have low surface energy and as a result of this, achieving strong adhesion to these materials is at best difficult but often impossible.

Grupo Antolin’s engineers considered three key options for increasing the surface energy of the instrument panel i.e. Flame torch treatment, Primers and Plasma treating. Dyne Technology and Grupo Antolin worked in close partnership conducting a series of tests find the best solution for improving adhesion to these traditionally “non-stick” instrument panels.

Plasma surface activation offers an alternative to flame torch treatment

Education-and-ResearchFollowing rigorous testing, Flame torch treatment was eliminated due to the damage it was found to cause to the surface of the glass filled polypropylene’s surface, causing the polymer to shrink away from the glass fill fibres and allowing the fibres to grin through leading to poor adhesion results. Once the material’s surface has been damaged the strength and consistency of the bond that can be achieved is significantly reduced.

Primers were considered, however soon eliminated due their high cost and serious environmental impact.  Volatile chemical solvent based pre-treatments and primers were found to be expensive and difficult to apply to the complex 3 dimensional surface consistently. Removing volatile solvent based primers and pre-treatments from manufacturing brings great environmental benefits as well as bringing cost savings and a reduction of workplace hazards.

“ Ensured consistent treatment of multiple components at once and has proved itself highly reliable. We are very impressed! Dyne Technology met the challenging prerequisite high standards of aftercare expected within the automotive industry. Working with Dyne Technology was an easy process, the team were extremely knowledgeable, efficient and provided great customer support.”– Spokesperson, Grupo Antolin

Grupo Antolin engineers concluded that Vacuum Plasma surface activation from Dyne Technology was the ideal surface activation process for their production needs because of its efficiency, economic viability, consistency of treatment provided and environmental benefits. Plasma eliminated the workplace hazards presented by Flame Torch treatment and Primer application as the Plasma stays safety controlled within the low pressure chamber environment. The low temperature plasma guarantees high quality, consistent bond strength without damaging the material’s surface.

 

Inside the Vacuum Plasma unit

Vacuum Plasma provides a repeatable process, guaranteeing consistent results achieved whilst offering flexibility to perfectly fit within your manufacturing process. The Vacuum Plasma unit installed at Grupo Antolin is composed of a large vacuum plasma treatment chamber, the size of which was selected to suit the product size and production throughput required, in this case the chamber processes 4 compete instrument panel uppers (IP’s) at the same time. Whilst offering variable chamber sizes, all units share the same technology, parts and plasma generator, ensuring high reliability and a proven track record of excellent performance.

The small footprint Plasma chamber can be mounted on wheels to allow easy relocation within the production facility and comes complete with its own vacuum pump. Easy to operate, the unit is equipped with easy “one button operation”, ensuring ease of use which in turn, has the potential to further optimise manufacturing.

The installation of the Plasma surface activation unit has given Grupo Antolin the ability to take full control of their manufacturing process in-house. By taking the plasma surface activation process in-house, this eliminates the need to use external suppliers to treat parts prior to assembly which reduces costs and most importantly, ensures consistent treatment.

Speak with an expert

Call us logoPlasma Treatment provides a high performance, repeatable and safety critical method of surface treatment, if you’d like to speak to the UK and Ireland’s Number One supplier of Plasma Treatment, Dyne Technology, get in touch. You can call our technical engineers on +44(0) 1543 411 460 or email support@dynetechnology.co.uk.

Corona Treatment of Glass Sheets Prior to Coating Application

A stand-alone Corona Treatment unit is the surface activation method of choice for a major European glass producer when seeking improved bond strength to glass sheets prior to a coating application.

The glass sheets undergoing treatment vary in size from 50mm to 1000m, as a result of this, the customer sought a flexible solution to ensure consistent treatment levels despite the parts varying in size.  Alongside this, a key customer demand was for a treatment system that did not damage the surface of the glass sheets during production.

Repeatable Surface Activation

To meet these key requirements, the stand- alone Corona Treatment unit is well equipped to ensure consistent treatment of the varying size glass panels which can be processed at a range of treatment speeds from 500mm per minute to 3000mm per minute.  The solution provided utilises a single high frequency wire electrode which is accurately positioned 2mm off the surface to be treated; this accurate positioning ensures no damage to the material’s surface while achieving optimal, consistent treatment levels.

The low maintenance, high performance treatment system is available for both single and double sided treatment, providing flexibility to fit your manufacturing process while ensuring optimal treatment levels.

To facilitate ease of installation at the customer site the standalone Corona Treatment unit was bench mounted to also ensure easy integration into the existing manufacturing process.

The unit comes equipped with an inbuilt conveyor for transporting the glass panels underneath the treatment head to ensure the unit operates at optimum treatment parameters and the required treatment speed is maintained; this easily repeatable process ensures a high quality, consistent and reliable level of treatment is achieved throughout the manufacturing process.

Could Plasma Treatment be for you?

Plasma surface treatment technology is an innovative and cost effective solution to the problem of adhesion and wetting in many industries.  Plasma surface activation and plasma cleaning are reliable, high performance methods of surface preparation prior to printing, bonding, painting, varnishing and coating processes.

Plasma treatment provides an economical solution for the cleaning and surface activation of “non-stick” polymers, composite blends, metals, ceramics and glass before further processing. Plasma Treating provides flexibility on parts undergoing treatment, being an effective, economical surface preparation method for sheet and web materials, complex geometry parts, extrusions and many more.

Call us logoIf you’d like to find out more, get in touch by calling us on +44(0) 1543 411 460 or emailing info@dynetechnology.co.uk.

Atmospheric Plasma Treatment of Solar Panels

Repeatable process, consistent results

The multi-nozzle treatment head is automatically traversed over the panel to be treated at a consistent speed to ensure the same standard of surface activation is achieved across all parts treated.
Equipped with a PLC central control unit, Plasma Treating met the customer’s’ requirements by offering reliable, accurate and easily repeatable levels of targeted surface treatment prior to bonding applications.
The automated unit offers a high degree of control over your manufacturing process
• The unit’s infeed and outfeed is easily automated or manual dependent upon your manufacturing needs
• The targeted treatment area can be as small as 6mm to as large as 2 metres
• Each nozzle is quickly and easily locally adjustable in horizontal and vertical directions

Could Plasma Treating be for you?

Plasma surface treatment technology is an innovative and cost effective solution to the problem of adhesion and wetting in many industries. Plasma surface activation and plasma cleaning are reliable, high performance methods of surface preparation prior to printing, bonding, painting, varnishing and coating processes.

Question ButtonPlasma treatment provides an economical solution for the cleaning and surface activation of “non-stick” polymers, composite blends, metals, ceramics and glass before further processing. Plasma Treating provides flexibility on parts undergoing treatment, being an effective, economical surface preparation method for sheet and web materials, complex geometry parts, extrusions and many more.

Talk to an expert!

Call us logoIf you’d like to find out more, get in touch and we’ll work together to find solution to meet your needs. To speak to Dyne Technology’s technical engineers, give us a call on +44(0) 1543 411 460 or email support@dynetechnology.co.uk.

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

To 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.

 

 

Corona Treatment Improves Print Adhesion for STERIS Healthcare

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medical-plastics

Plasma Treating Steris Healthcare

Albert Browne, part of the STERIS Healthcare Corporation who provide sterile processing equipment to the medical industry contacted Dyne Technology when looking to improve the adhesion quality of their printing ink on the sterile indicators that are widely used in hospitals throughout the UK & Ireland.

The sterile indicators are vital to the Sterility Assurance Program, their Process Control Products are in-process control check points to prevent the mix-up of processed and un-processed packs (container, pouch or wrapped tray) and enhance patient and personnel safety.

Repeatable and reliable Narrow Web Corona Treatment

The Dyne Technology engineers conducted an initial on-site assessment to better understand the problem faced by Albert Browne. The sterile indicator tabs underwent a series of tests and it became clear that the surface of the plastic material would achieve a stronger level of adhesion with Plasma Surface Activation. Plasma Surface Activation would allow the printing ink to fully wet the surface and achieve the high level of adhesion required.

Web TreaterWhen choosing Surface Activation method, it was critical for the Dyne Technology engineers to work closely with Albert Browne to ensure most efficient treatment method is selected. From this, High Frequency Corona Treating equipment was chosen as the most effective treatment method for both the part requiring treatment and the manufacturing process utilised. High Frequency Corona Treating equipment was successfully installed by Dyne Technology engineers on the current printing line for surface modification at their manufacturing facilities.

Inside a web treaterThe high frequency narrow web Corona Treating equipment system supplied by Dyne Technology is designed for the pre-treatment of conductive and non-conductive narrow webs and can treat either one or both sides of the web as well as accommodating production speeds of up to 150m per minute.  The compact design and construction enables the equipment to be mounted directly onto the treating station which completely removes the need for trailing high voltage cables.  Running from standard 230Volt, 13Amp socket outlets the corona treating equipment easily fits to new or existing production lines and presses.

 “Dyne Technology has worked very closely with us to provide a cost effective and robust solution. The treatment system installed has improved the print adhesion enormously and therefore the overall quality, reliability and performance of our Process Control Products.” – Jonathan Coleman, Deputy Manufacturing Manager at Albert Browne

Corona Treatment explained…

Question ButtonCorona Surface Activation is achieved by creating a high voltage, high frequency electrical discharge, known as Corona discharge in close proximity to the parts to be treated.  This high energy corona discharge is attracted to the material and modifies the molecular bonds on the surface. These modified bonds are now free to attach to free radicals and other particles that exist in the highly active corona discharge environment. The resulting formation of additional polar groups on the material surface have a strong chemical attraction to inks, paints, coatings, adhesives etc, the increase in surface energy significantly contributes to the bond strength that can be achieved.

Speak to a Surface Activation expert!

Call us logoInterested in finding out more about our Plasma and Corona solutions? Give the UK and Ireland’s Number One Plasma Treatment supplier, Dyne Technology. a call on +44(0) 1543 411 460 or email support@dynetechnology.co.uk.

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Atmospheric Plasma Treatment for Brandon Medical Company

Atmospheric Plasma Improves Adhesion for Brandon Medical

Atmospheric Plasma Treatment has provided one easy solution for Brandon Medical Company. Brandon Medical are experts in the field of medical lighting design with over 40 years of healthcare experience. The Company manufactures and markets a range of medical lighting products from major operating theatre lamps through to bed head lamps.  Brandon Medical supply to the NHS (National Health Service), private hospitals, clinics and to primary care (family doctors) throughout the U.K. and Ireland.

DYNE logoWith Brandon Medical seeking to improve adhesion across a variety of components they produced, they contacted Dyne Technology, the trusted adviser for those looking for a solution to the problems of adhesion within the medical device manufacturing industry.

Solving the problems of adhesion

Seeking a highly efficient and cost effective solution to increase the surface energy of components to improve adhesion, the Brandon Medical team worked closely with Dyne Technology.

Question ButtonInitially, wide ranging discussions around the adhesion problems Brandon Medical were experiencing were held, after which, it was decided that a visit  to The Dyne Technology Centre in Lichfield was necessary to investigate the causes of the adhesion problems Brandon were experiencing.

An efficient, economic and flexible solution

Atmospheric Plasma TreatmentFollowing a series of tests it became clear that the surface needed to be both cleaned and activated to allow the coating to fully wet the surface and achieve the high level of adhesion required. From understanding Brandon Medical’s manufacturing process and the challenges they were facing, the surface treatment solution of choice was the Atmospheric Plasma Treatment unit.

The engineers at Dyne Technology developed a solution that met all three of these key criteria being economic, efficient and flexible. Employing a 3 axis Janome bench top robot equipped with an Atmospheric Plasma Treatment unit gave Brandon Medical the process control and flexibility required. The 3 axis bench top robot ensures accurate positioning of the Atmospheric Plasma Treatment nozzle throughout the entire surface treatment cycle, thereby guaranteeing a consistent plasma application. The cell is designed to allow the future integration of additional process equipment, giving the unit flexibility for any changes to Brandon Medical’s future manufacturing process.

“The knowledge and expertise of the Dyne Technology team was invaluable; they were totally committed to finding the ‘right solution for us at Brandon Medical. The production system installed has improved the adhesion of our coatings and therefore the overall quality, reliability and performance of our products.” – Nigel Davill, Technical Director – Brandon Medical

The high efficiency Plasma Treatment is achieved by passing compressed air through a cylinder and nozzle assembly and subjecting it to a strong electrical field that ionises most of its atoms. The resulting super ionised air or what can also be referred to as Plasma is ejected through the nozzle tip and can be used for surface modification or surface cleaning.

Could Plasma Treating be for you?

Call us logoIf you think Plasma Treating could provide one easy solution for you, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Dyne Technology team. You can contact our technical experts by calling +44(0) 1543 411 460 or emailing support@dynetechnology.co.uk.

 

Laboratory Plasma Treatment for Retrac Composites

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manufacturing

Plasma Treating Improves AdhesionRetrac Composites Ltd, located in Swindon, Wiltshire, is one of the most advanced composite engineering companies in the world. With a customer base encompassing the major names in Aerospace, Automotive and engineering sectors and cutting edge projects, they are renowned for continually pushing the boundaries in the design and development of composite technology solutions.
Retrac composites reached out to Dyne Technology engineers when having difficulty achieving a strong bond to their low volume production of PEEK and composite materials.  Composite materials such as PEEK often have a low surface energy, this often impacts on the level of adhesion achievable and makes achieving a strong bond at best difficult but often impossible.

Dyne Technology were recommended to Retrac by one of the leading Formula 1 teams.

Seeing the vacuum plasma treatment system working at the Formula 1 technology centre confirmed our decision to buy. The Dyne Technology vacuum plasma treatment system ensures that we achieve the highest surface integrity for our PEEK and composites components treatment prior to bonding, it delivers excellent results every time.” – Daniel Smith, Project Manager, Retrac Composites

Laboratory Plasma Treatment by Dyne Technology

Working closely with the Dyne Technology Engineers, Retrac found Plasma Surface Activation to be the best option for their low volume production process; is a cost effective solution to the problems many industries face when attempting adhesion to low surface energy materials. The unit recommended by Dyne Technology Ltd has given Retrac Composites Ltd the major increase in adhesion they were looking for when bonding their low volume production of PEEK and composite materials.

The bench top unit comprised of a plasma chamber and it comes equipped with its own pump.  Ideal for those with low volume production processes and those seeking flexibility. Highly economical and flexible, the portable Vacuum Plasma chamber provides a wealth of opportunity to Retrac composites. The unit is ideal for treating an extensive range of small metal and plastic components, ideal for Retrac’s ever growing, innovative production list. The unit’s flexibility will undoubtedly open doors for Retrac’s research and design processes as they now have full control of the Plasma Treating process.

The equipment is simple to install, requiring only a 240V, 13A electrical supply and can be operational within minutes. The unit is equipped with its own vacuum pump which eliminates the need to hook up the equipment with a separate vacuum supply, which gives Retrac flexibility, allowing easy relocation.

Retrac have gained full control of the surface activation process which eliminates the need for external treating, this reduces the risk of damage during transit and most importantly, ensures a consistent level of treatment. The operator friendly touch screen control which is easy to use. The key parameters of treatment time and vacuum level are easily operator adjustable, giving Retrac Composites full control of the surface treatment process.

Speak to the Plasma Treatment experts!

Call us logoIf you’re facing a similar problem to Retrac Composites, why not get in touch? With over 40 year’s practical industry experience, the Dyne Technology team are best placed to provide trusted advice and guidance on how to solve the problems of adhesion.

You can get in touch with us by calling +44(0) 1543 411 460 or alternatively email support@dynetechnology.co.uk.ent/uploads/2015/10/Laboratory-Vacuum-Plasma.jpg”>