May 13 2017

Plasma coatings for medical plastics

Injection molded plastic parts are key components of medical devices, molecular diagnostics, microplates, catheters, surgical instruments, and other emerging technologies in medicine and cell biology. When selecting a particular plastic for an application, the design engineer has to take into account many constraints, including resin properties, shrinkage, part complexity, wall thickness, mechanical strength, impact strength, thermal stability, opacity, surface finish, color, etc. Once the resin has been selected, and the molded plastic parts made, another set of design issues arises:

A) How do I glue my parts together and obtain sufficient adhesion?

B) How do I achieve proper fluid flow through small channels without trapping bubbles?

C) How do I promote cell growth on some surfaces, but not on others?

D) How do I make surfaces that remain hydrophilic throughout the product’s shelf life?

E) How do I control wetting on diagnostic surfaces?

These issues all deal with the properties of the plastic surface. When you add the surface requirements onto the bulk material constraints the design objectives can seem overwhelming.

Surfx offers a way for you to tailor the plastic surface to the desired properties independent of the resin selected for the injection molded part. We deposit coatings, 10 to 100 nm thick, onto the surfaces where you need to control adhesion, wetting, cell growth, etc. These strongly adherent, transparent, biocompatible coatings give your product the precise properties it needs at an economical cost. Our atmospheric plasma tools lay down these coatings on the surface of any 3-D plastic part, regardless of the resin type (e.g., ABS, acrylic, liquid crystal polymer, nylon, polycarbonate, polyester, polyethylene, HDPE, polypropylene, polystyrene, and polyurethane). Please contact our engineers so we can help you solve your toughest surface challenges.

Technical Datasheet : Plasma Activation of High-Density Polyethylene

Dr. Robert F. Hicks
CEO & President
Surfx Technologies LLC

May 12 2017

Surfx at SAMPE 2017 in Seattle

Surfx at SAMPE 2017 in Seattle

Tired of bonded fasteners falling off during installation? Surfx has the solution. We will be bringing our commercial nutplate cleaner and substrate treater tool.  No more abrasion. No more solvent wiping. Don’t believe us? We’ll show you. Check out our booth F30. For adhesion data, please check out Dr. Tom Williams’ talk at SAMPE Seattle.


Richie Woo
Sr. Sales Engineer


Feb 12 2017

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Feb 03 2017

Visit Surfx at MD&M West 2017

MDM West

Surfx Technologies will be exhibiting at the upcoming MD&M West show in Anaheim February 7th, 8th, and 9th. MD&M West is the world’s largest medical device technology exhibition and we are excited to demonstrate our world-class plasma systems at the show. Stop by and see us at booth 254 to learn more about how in-line atmospheric plasma treatment can improve your processes. A Surfx Atomflo 500 plasma system will be operating in the booth, offering you a hands-on experience with the system. If you have some parts that you’re interested in getting treated, feel free to bring them by and we’ll activate them in the booth in a matter of seconds. Our Atomflo 500 plasma system features water-cooled sources and a variety of gas chemistry options, enabling a wide range of surface modifications on thermally sensitive devices. It is highly suited to performing repeatable, non-damaging treatment of fine tubing, membranes, and microfluidic devices.

Show hours are 9:30AM to 5:00PM February 7th and 8th, and 9:30AM to 4:00PM February 9th. The show is held in sunny Anaheim, CA at the Anaheim Convention Center. You can learn about the latest atmospheric plasma developments and visit Disneyland all in one day. We look forward to seeing you at the show!

Graham Ray
Sales Engineer

Oct 13 2016

Air plasmas versus Surfx’s atmospheric pressure argon plasma – Do you want cheap gas, or high yield?

Air plasmas boast low operating costs because they use compressed air. However, to operate this way, they must employ a blown arc, or dielectric barrier discharge (DBD). In both cases, non-uniform sparks shoot out of the discharge nozzle, which may result in non-uniform treatment of your parts. These plasmas operate with high voltage power supplies, up to 24,000 V. The high voltage is required to breakdown the air. Consequently, the plasma sources must be operated with robots away from personnel to eliminate the risk of electric shock. The blown arcs yield faster treatment speeds then DBDs due to the high degree of gas ionization in the arc. Yet this means the gas is much hotter, and can thermally damage or even melt the part.

Surfx offers atmospheric pressure argon plasmas that are driven with low-voltage, radio frequency power supplies. There is no risk of electric shock. The plasma beam is uniform, and provides the fastest and highest level of surface activation achievable. Surfx’s plasmas are cold so that there is no risk of thermal damage to the most sensitive polymers, such as high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and polypropylene (PP). Furthermore, unlike blown arcs, the plasma sources operate for long periods of time without needing to replace expensive electrodes.

Now I know our competitors are going to tell you that the argon is really expensive and not worth the trouble. This is simply not true. One of our minibeam plasma sources suitable for treating the same parts as open-air plasmas runs on 10 liters per minute of argon. Assuming one runs the Surfx argon plasma 24 hours per day, 350 days per year, the annual cost will be $8,365 USD (for bulk liquid argon purchased in the United States). In China where bulk argon is a lot cheaper, the annual cost will be $3,024 USD.

Using the Surfx argon plasma, a typical part made of molded plastic, glass or metal can be activated for adhesion in 5 to 20 seconds. At 10 seconds per part, one machine can treat about 3 million parts per year. In this case, the gas cost per part is 0.0028 USD in the USA and 0.001 USD in China.

You have got to ask yourself what is more important, having 100% product yield, or saving a few tenths of a cent per part?

Dr. Robert F. Hicks
CEO & President
Surfx Technologies LLC

Sep 03 2016

Surfx at the Semicon Taiwan 2016 exhibition

Dear partners and friends:

Surfx at Semicon Taiwan 2016We are excited and pleased to invite you to visit Semicon Taiwan 2016 exhibition. Our company Surfx Technologies will be collaborating with our business partner and agent Dou Yee Enterprise. During the exhibition we will be demonstrating various applications of our atmospheric pressure plasma Atomflo 500 system.

Therefore this exhibition will be a great opportunity for potential clients to witness the Atomflo 500 system capabilities. Furthermore our existing clients will get a chance to openly discuss technical issues they have had a hard time dealing with. We will provide solutions that will help you accomplish your project goals.

Scheduling a meeting via email or telephone +886-4-2263 8200.

We are excited and looking forward to seeing you at Semicon Taiwan 2016! Kindly checkout details below.

Date: September 7-9, 2016
Location: First floor. Booth 2622, Taipei Nangang Exhibition Hall.
Address:No.1, Jingmao 2nd Rd., Nangang District, Taipei City 11568, Taiwan Website:

Ian Yang
Sales Engineer

Sep 03 2016

Surfx at CAMX 2016 in Anaheim

Surfx at Camx Anaheim 2016Surfx will be exhibiting at the CAMX show in Anaheim at booth S83. I’m very excited to showcase our newest tool offering: nutplate plasma treater (NPT). Bring your composite parts for a water break free demo! Let us know how we can help you with your adhesion issues.

Scheduling a meeting via email or telephone +1 (626) 410-8491.

Camx – The Composites and Advance Materials Expo
Conference 26th – 29th  / Exhibits 27th – 29th
Anaheim Convention Center / Anaheim, CA

For additional show information go to

Richie Woo
Sr. Sales Engineer

Aug 01 2016

Surfx at Taipei PLAS 2016

Surfx at Taipei Plastic and Rubber Industry Show

Surfx will have an exhibit at the Taipei Plastic and Rubber Industry Show from Aug. 12-16.

Please come to visit us at booth# N1411. You can see Surfx Atom

flo 500 capability and we can also help you solve any processing issues or answer any questions you may have.

Date: August 12-16, 2016
Booth: N1411, 4 Floor, Taipei Nangang Exhibition Hall
Address: No.1, Jingmao 2nd Rd., Nangang District, Taipei City 11568, Taiwan

For more information on the Taipei industry show got to

Ian Yang
Sales Engineer

Booth Location


Jun 03 2016

Great show at SAMPE Long Beach 2016

Two very well attended talks were given by Misha Grigoriev of sister company, Aerospace Materials Processing LLC. Presented great data on bonding of nutplates and bismaleimide (BMI) CFRP composites using Surfx plasma and even better results will be shown at CAMX in Anaheim. Click here for the abstract and you can email/call me for a full version. Misha also talked about Out-of-Autoclave manufacturing using epoxy prepregs.

SAMPE BMI 2016 Abstract : Automated Surface Preparation of Organic Matrix Composites for Structural Adhesive Bonding

We also completed 2 days of exhibition of our handheld plasma tool. Many people were quite impressed with the water break free demo given with our handheld tool. Thank you all for coming out and we will see you at CAMX in Anaheim, September 23-26.

Richie Woo

Sales Engineer

May 17 2016

Surfx at SAMPE Long Beach 2016

Surfx wSAMPE Conference in Long Beachill be exhibiting at the SAMPE Long Beach show next week at Booth O17. Please visit us and check out our handheld plasma tool on display.

Bring your composite parts for a water break free demo!

Let us know how we can help you with your adhesion issues. Scheduling a meeting via email or telephone. 

Conference: May 23-26, 2016
Exhibition: May 24-25, 2016

Surfx Technologies Booth at SAMPE

Surfx Technologies Booth O17

Richie Woo
Sales Engineer


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