Large Vacuum Plasma Chamber for Major Automotive Sub-Supplier

pdf downloadA globally recognised automotive sub-supplier supplier reached out to Dyne Technology when facing problems of adhesion to polypropylene interior trim parts for a luxury vehicle. Our customers engineers worked in close partnership with trusted advisors Dyne Technology on the topic of solving adhesion problems to “non-stick” plastics, such as Polypropylene.

Following laboratory testing, the plastic parts were determined to have low surface energy and low polarity, making good adhesion at best difficult but more commonly impossible. After identifying the problem and a solution, The Dyne Technology technical team turned to ensuring that the Plasma Treating solution identified was the best fit for their manufacturing process. With the interior trim requiring surface treatment to increase its surface energy and the manufacturing process requiring the use of a jig system due to a multi-step process, Vacuum Plasma was identified as the best solution to meet our customers’ requirements.

How does the VacuTEC increase adhesion levels?

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Inside a Vacuum Plasma chamber treating automotive parts

The ideal solution for the surface activation of the polypropylene interior trim is the highly effective Vacuum Plasma unit – the VacuTEC.

The VacuTEC utilises a vacuum pump to remove most of the air from a large chamber. When the chamber pressure reaches the required level the remaining air in the chamber is super ionised creating what is known as plasma, this occupies the chamber for a pre-determined time and can attach to the material’s surface resulting in the formation of additional polar groups which increases the material’s surface energy. 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 VacuTEC Vacuum Plasma Unit

Dyne Technology engineers worked closely with our customers engineers throughout the project conducting a large range of process trials and studies before agreeing a detailed specification.

Vacuum Plasma Chamber Automotive Sub-SupplierThe large chamber size is able to surface treat multiple interior trim components at once using a jig system bespoke to the customer. The high intensity Plasma is able to treat a complete jig of components within a 60 second cycle.

The VacuTEC is easily integrated into production facilities, complete with a vacuum pump, the unit requires only a compressed air and mains electricity connection to be operational. This plug and play technology ensures that the unit is easy to use but most importantly, instantly operational.

Equipped with remote access features the VacuTEC allows monitoring of machine performance and allows easy access to the unit if any difficulties arise, minimising downtime and optimising production output.

Giving back control…

Our customer are now in full control of their manufacturing process with the VacuTEC removing the need to outsource surface treatment to external suppliers, this reduces costs and gives control on time scales. Arguably most importantly, the VacuTEC provides an easily repeatable process to ensure consistent levels of surface activation.

If you’d like to find out more about how Plasma can improve adhesion to “non-stick” plastics and examples of our automotive installations, why not give the Dyne Technology engineers a call on +44(0) 1543 411 460.

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?

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Inside a Vacuum Plasma chamber

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 VacuLAB Vacuum Plasma Chamber

Laboratory Vacuum Plasma chamberThe VacuLAB was chosen as the ideal replacement for their previous Plasma Treatment system. The VacuLAB offers the same high performance as Dyne Technology’s large VacuTEC Vacuum Plasma chambers, but simply in a smaller benchtop size – ideal for cleaning Amphenol’s small and low volume production electrical connectors. The VacuLAB offers a 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, the VacuLAB 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

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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, the VacuTEC 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?

Vacuum Plasma unitThe ideal solution for the surface activation of the interior trim moldings is the highly effective Vacuum Plasma unit – the VacuTEC. The VacuTEC 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.

Vacuum-Plasma-TreatmentThe VacuTEC installed at Aston Martin by Dyne Technology Ltd has a capacity of nearly 1m³ with two internal treatment trays. The VacuTEC 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 of the “VacuTEC” 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.

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.

Vacuum Plasma TreatmentFollowing 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.

Vacuum Plasma WindowPlasma 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 VacuTEC 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 VacuTEC 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 the VacuTEC 2020. 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 VacuTEC 2020 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.

Vacuum Plasma Treatment Polypropylene Medical ImplantThe VacuTEC 2020 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.

The unit is named because of its chamber size which is 20cm x 20cm, offering the perfect size for our customer; the VacuTEC 2020 was designed to bridge the gap between our standard laboratory Vacuum Plasma unit, the VacuLAB and our custom sized VacuTEC units which can have chambers of up to several cubic metres in size to suit the customers’ needs.

Why Vacuum Plasma?

The VacuTEC2020 utilises the same principles as both our laboratory and full size Vacuum Plasma units.

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.

Vacuum Plasma Treatment Polypropylene Medical ImplantThe 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.

Vacuum Plasma Treatment Polypropylene Medical ImplantHere’s the clever new addition, the VacuTEC2020 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 Treating Changes Functionality of Graphene

pdf downloadHaydale, the well-known UK based company with a mission for enabling technology for the commercialisation of graphene, has entered into an exclusive development and supply agreement for the supply of Tantec Plasma Chambers. Lichfield based Dyne Technology Ltd. are the exclusive suppliers for the UK and Ireland for this revolutionary Plasma Treating technology.

Graphene is made from a layer of carbon one-atom thick yet is 200 times stronger than steel, has a higher electrical conductivity and is an excellent thermal conductor. However, despite Graphene’s desirable properties, implementing graphene sheets into industry applications can prove problematic.

Plasma Treating technology has allowed Haydale to help to solve the problems of using Graphene in practical industry applications by changing the materials functionality.

By working in close partnership with Tantec engineers, the Haydale team were able to share knowledge and expertise to create a patented process unique to Haydale using custom built Plasma Treating reactors.

Securing a contract with Haydale for the supply of plasma reactors has led to the installation of multiple systems all helping to increase Haydale’s surface treatment capacity. The new Tantec plasma reactors ensure that Haydale have a high degree of control over their manufacturing process while ensuring precision and consistency of treatment guaranteeing high performance.

Plasma Surface Modification to Change Material Functionality

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Structure of Graphene courtesy of Wiki

Plasma Treating has allowed Haydale to create a unique plasma surface modification process which can meet customer demands for the increased functionalisation of graphene. Plasma Treating has ensured Haydale’s innovative process is capable of creating a wide range of surface modifications from bonding to repelling specific chemicals.

By teaming Haydale’s knowledge and expertise with our revolutionary Plasma Treating technology, a unique process has been created which adds value to graphene; The patented functionalisation process ensures consistent levels of treatment, can be tailored to meet the application required by the end user and has the flexibility to scale up volumes for future demand.

Plasma Treating technology has provided Haydale with an economic, efficient and effective method of supplying tailored solutions to enhance the functionality of graphene. To optimise the materials mechanical properties, good dispersion and the structural uniformity of nanoparticles is vital and Plasma Treating ensures this is achieved without damaging the material structure or adding environmentally damaging impurities.

eco_friendlyAlternative methods for functionalising graphene involve thermal and chemical shocking agents which, although offer flexibility in scale of production, can cause damage to the materials structure which can ultimately damage of the level of treatment achieved and result in defects with the final product.

Plasma Treating to change material functionality is an environmentally friendly process which removes the need for chemical agents and other environmentally damaging processes, which is not only beneficial for the environment, but has the potential to lower work place hazards and associated costs.

How is Plasma Functionalisation achieved?

Functionalisation is achieved through a low-pressure, low temperature Plasma Treatment process which achieves consistent and highly effective treatment on both mined and organic fine powder as well as other synthetically produced nanomaterial powders, producing high quality, few layered graphene’s and graphene nanoplatelets.

The Plasma Treatment process can functionalise with a wide range of chemical groups, with the level of functionalisation being tailored to the customer’s needs. Good dispersion improves the properties and performance of the host material and ensures the final product performs as specified.

Ray Gibbs, CEO at Haydale has commented on the “track record of performance” the custom built Tantec Plasma Treatment reactors have provided alongside being “confident in its engineering and build quality”.

Ray Gibbs continues, “These machines not only provide us with required capacity increase but a flexible operating capability to rapidly meet customer requirements. We also have a continual program of reactor developments to enhance the features and benefits of the machines which are expected to generate additional intellectual property to add to our existing “family” of patents.”

Plasma surface modification has opened a wealth of opportunity for Haydale’s unique process which transforms Graphene’s place within the composites industry. No longer is graphene effectively inert within manufacturing because of its poor dispersive and bonding qualities; the unique Plasma functionalisation process from UK based Dyne Technology Ltd. ensures consistent, high quality, environmentally friendly treatment while dramatically widening the scope of potential for Graphene to be used within practical industry applications.

Speak with an expert

Call us logoIf 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.

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.

“The VacuTEC 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 VacuTEC Vacuum Plasma unit

Vacuum Plasma Surface ActivationVacuum 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 the “Tantec VacuTEC”, 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.

Vacuum Plasma Surface ActivationThe 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 Dyne Technology “VacuTEC” 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.

Plasma Takes Aerospace Manufacturer’s Adhesion to New Heights

pdf downloadVacuum Plasma has provided an ideal solution for one of the world’s largest manufacturers of aircraft parts. The industry leading aviation and aerospace specialist first considered Plasma Treatment when facing difficulties bonding aluminium honeycomb to a polymer based outer layer.

Dyne Technology, the UK and Ireland’s Number One Plasma Treating equipment supplier, worked closely with the customer’s team of engineers during the research and development stages to develop an effective process to improve adhesion. Following several in depth trials and investigations at Dyne Technology’s Lichfield, Staffordshire based Technical Centre, it was determined that the super cleaning of aluminium honeycomb was vital to improve adhesion.

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A VacuTEC unit supplied by Dyne Technology

Vacuum Plasma technology, the VacuTEC, was determined the most appropriate method of super cleaning the honeycomb aluminium prior to bonding due to the repeatability and consistency of results offered.

Ideal for safety critical processes, Vacuum Plasma offers a uniform and reproducible process, swift treatment times and ensures optimum adhesion properties for the honeycomb aluminium.  The VacuTEC is mounted on wheels to allow easy integration into the production facility and boasts plug and play technology to ensure simple set up.

How does Plasma Cleaning work?

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.

Vacuum Plasma Treatment AerospacePlasma 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.

Ideal for complex geometry parts, such as honeycomb aluminium, the high energy discharge is able to effectively clean difficult to reach areas such as the individual cells of the aluminium honeycomb uniformly across the entirety of the part.

Trusted technology, bespoke chamber size

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Example Chamber Size

The VacuTEC provides an easily repeatable process, utilising tried and tested Plasma technology that is proven to solve the problems of adhesion. The VacuTEC’s chamber size can be built bespoke to the customers’ needs; in this instance, the customer opted for a large chamber size with a 2000 litre capacity to fit their large components.

The installation of the VacuTEC has given our customer the ability to take control of their manufacturing process, ensuring that they have found a safety critical and repeatable method of surface cleaning they can rely on.

Speak to 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 info@dynetechnology.co.uk.

Plasma Treatment Upgrade for Leading Medical Device Manufacturer

Dyne Technology, the UK and Ireland’s Number One Plasma Treatment supplier,  has further added to their longstanding relationship with a pioneering medical device manufacturer.

First reaching out to Dyne Technology in 2011 when facing the problems of adhesion whilst developing and manufacturing a new medical device, the relationship has since continued to develop. Dyne Technology has gained trusted advisor status on solving the problems of adhesion, with employees attending Dyne Technology’s in-demand training course.  Following this, multiple laboratory sessions of testing to fully understand the adhesion problems faced by the customer and more importantly, find the appropriate solution.

Following rigorous testing, for the state-of-the art, high technology VacuTEC Vacuum Plasma unit was chosen to upgrade previous, smaller, lower technology plasma system within their research and development facilities.

Why Vacuum Plasma?

Vacuum Plasma Treatment

The VacuTEC provides an easily repeatable process, utilising tried and tested Plasma technology that is proven to solve the problems of adhesion. The VacuTEC’s chamber size can be built bespoke to the customers’ needs; in this instance, the customer opted for a large chamber size to increase production capabilities. The large vacuum chamber provides the perfect solution for treating a high volume of parts and has been designed with a fully integrated standard production jig. The production jig aids the treatment process, perfectly fitting within the multistep manufacturing process.

The unit has been designed to be slim-line and compact, reducing all-important floor space and comes with a fully integrated vacuum pump. The unit is mounted on wheels to allow easy integration into the production facility and boasts plug and play technology to ensure simple set up.

The installation of the VacuTEC has given enhanced ability to take control of their manufacturing process and further develop the leading medical components which they have become renowned for.

Could Vacuum Plasma benefit you?

Plasma surface activation removes the need for environmentally damaging chemical pre-treatments including solvent based primers and is environmentally friendly and clean room compatible.

Vacuum Plasma Treatment of Medical DevicesThe highly versatile VacuTEC with its large plasma chamber allows for the surface activation and surface cleaning of a wide variety of components across a large range of industries from automotive to aerospace, medical plastics to motorsport. Suitable for use on a wide use of materials, such as polymers, polyolefins, woven fibres, metals, rubber and more, Plasma Treatment is gaining increasing momentum throughout the UK and Ireland’s manufacturing industries.

Our cold Plasma Treating technology ensures that no damage is done to the treated component, including composite blends such as glass filled Polypropylene. If you are seeking a green alternative to harsh chemical solvents and high temperature flame treatments, plasma may provide the answer.

Call us logoCall us on +44(0) 1543 411 460 or e-mail support@dynetechnology.co.uk to find out more about our industry leading Plasma technology.

 

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.

 

 

Laboratory Plasma Treatment for Retrac Composites

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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’s VacuLAB Laboratory Plasma Treatment unit was 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; “VacuLAB” is a cost effective solution to the problems many industries face when attempting adhesion to low surface energy materials. The “VacuLAB” supplied 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.

Laboratory Plasma Treatment - VacuLABThe “VacuLAB” is a bench top unit comprised of a plasma chamber and it comes equipped with its own pump.  The “VacuLAB” is 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.

Laboratory Plasma Treatment - VacuLABRetrac 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 VacuLAB features 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.

Vacuum Plasma Surface Activation Drives Innovation for Inca Digital

Industry:

plastic-cards

Surface ActivationInca Digital Printers is an industry leader in the design, development and manufacturing of inkjet printers for the print industry. To date, their work has focused on equipment for the POS sector, but the highly adaptable technology is suitable for other industrial applications and is an important area for future growth.

DYNE logo Inca Digital Printers reached out to Dyne Technology after attending a popular Surface Activation training day at Dyne Technology’s Lichfield laboratory and training site. Recognising the pivotal importance of R&D for their future success, surface activation technology, Vacuum Plasma, was the investment of choice for Inca Digital after seeing the positive results they were looking for when undergoing trials at their site in Cambridge, UK.

“Dyne Technology had already treated some of our own components, and we had seen dramatic improvements to the bond strength. Seeing the unit working confirmed my decision to buy. The Dyne Technology “Tantec” Vacuum Plasma Treatment system delivers excellent results when we treat our PEEK and metal components prior to adhesive application. The compact design of the unit means we can easily move it to other locations within the building and be up and running in minutes.” – Dr Will Eve, Director of Technology – Inca Digital Printers

Solving the problems of adhesion…

Laboratory VacuLABDyne Technology Bench Top Vacuum Plasma surface activation unit, the “VacuLAB” is a cost effective solution to the problems many industries face when attempting adhesion to low surface energy materials. The “VacuLAB” supplied by Dyne Technology Ltd has given Inca Digital Printers an increased Research and Design capability, expanding their options in materials that can achieve a strong glue adhesion. Plasma Surface Activation increases the bond strength that is achievable when gluing, printing or coating and improves overall wettability and polarity of a wide range of parts.  The Bench Top Vacuum Plasma Unit activates the components surface in the same way as the full size VacuTEC Vacuum Plasma unit.

Laboratory Vacuum PlasmaThe “VacuLAB” is a bench top surface activation unit comprised of a plasma chamber and it comes equipped with its own pump.  Bench top Vacuum Plasma is ideal for those with low volume production processes and those seeking flexibility. Highly economical and flexible, the portable Vacuum Plasma unit provides a wealth of opportunity to Inca Digital. Bench Top Vacuum Plasma has the capability for the surface activation of extensive range of substrates and components, ideal for Inca Digital’s R&D 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 allowing easy relocation.

Having problems with adhesion?

Call us logoIf you’re facing similar problems with adhesion to “non-stick” plastics like Inca Digital and would like to optimise your manufacturing process, or give your R&D capabilities a boost, get in touch.

Question ButtonDyne Technology engineers are well placed to provide trusted advice and support on how to solve the problems of adhesion and our industry leading Plasma Treatment solutions can help you improve adhesion qualities.

Give us a call on +44(0) 1543 411 460 or email support@dynetechnology.co.uk.

 

 

Vacuum Plasma Provides Quality Adhesion for Magna Interiors and Exteriors

Industry:

Automotive

Vacuum Plasma Improves AdhesionMagna Exteriors and Interiors, a wholly-owned operating unit of Magna International and global supplier of interior products and systems for the automotive industry has teamed up with UK Company Dyne Technology Ltd for improving the adhesion quality when bonding their interior trim systems.
An interior supplier with a focus on innovation, Magna Exteriors and Interiors offer a wide array of products including sidewall and trim, cockpit, cargo management and overhead systems.  Magna teamed up with Dyne Technology when seeking a trusted adviser to find a solution to their problem of adhesion. The high quality interior trim mouldings Magna produce are made from a traditionally “non-stick” material and require surface activation prior to glue application and bonding.

Vacuum Plasma provides perfect solution

Vacuum Plasma unitThe team faced the age-old problem of obtaining good adhesion to low surface energy material’s i.e. low or non-polar materials like PP, PE, HDPE etc. The solution to their problems of adhesion was a Vacuum Plasma unit, VacuTEC. Vacuum Plasma surface activation increases the polarity of the surface of the treated material, which significantly contributes to increased bond strength. Dyne Technology engineers worked closely with Magna throughout the project conducting a large range of process trials and studies before agreeing a detailed specification.

The VacuTEC 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 Plasma chamber.

“Dyne Technology are the perfect partner for us, they were with us every step of the way. The Dyne Technology team took time to listen to our problems and concerns before coming up with a good solution.  The VacuTEC plasma system has proved reliable, is simple to operate and easy to maintain. Treatment has been uniform even on parts with a more complex geometry and the life of the treatment has exceeded our expectations” – Robin Hill, Technical Manager – Magna Exteriors and Interiors

Economic, efficient and environmentally friendly

eco_friendlyThe easy to use VacuTEC installed at Magna Exteriors and Interiors by Dyne Technology Ltd has a capacity of nearly 750 Ltrs two internal treatment trays. The vacuum plasma chamber is mounted on wheels to allow easy relocation within the production facility and comes complete with its own vacuum pump. Magna were able to further reduce costs by adding a second pump to the VacuTEC unit to further increase the efficiency of the unit which reduced the overall cycle time. The highly efficient VacuTEC, has a reduced footprint, with an automated rise and fall door to ensure space savings. Easy to operate, the unit comes equipped with easy one button operation, ensuring ease of use which in turn, has the potential to further optimise manufacturing

Question ButtonThe installation of the VacuTEC has given Magna the ability to take control of their manufacturing process. By moving the plasma surface activation process in house, this eliminates the need to use external suppliers to treat parts prior to construction which reduces costs and most importantly, ensures consistent treatment.

Are you having problems with adhesion?

Call us logoYou can speak to Dyne Technology, the UK and Ireland’s Number One Plasma Treating equipment supplier by calling us on +44(0) 1543 411 460 or emailing support@dynetechnology.co.uk.