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 iyang@surfxtechnologies.com 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: http://www.semicontaiwan.org/

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 rwoo@surfxtechnologies.com 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 www.thecamx.org/

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 https://www.taipeiplas.com.tw/

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


May 16 2016

Silicone Adhesion – Improving Adhesion and Material Performance

Our new Silicone Adhesion Page focuses on PDMA and the performance benefits of plasma surface preparation.

PDMS is a preferred material in medical device manufacturing because of its stability and biocompatibility. Let us show you how Surfx plasma treatment rapidly increases the surface energy of PDMS, enabling coating and bonding of your components.

May 09 2016

Automotive Parts Suppliers – Beware of air plasmas that deliver barely acceptable results

High-density polyethylene (HDPE) and polypropylene (PP) are widely used to produce molded plastic parts for the automotive industry. Obtaining strong, durable adhesion of the electronic components to these plastics can be a big challenge. Surface activation with in-line atmospheric plasmas solves this problem. However, you have to use the right plasma for the job.

Air plasmas that generate hot reactive gases do a poor job of activating thermally sensitive materials, such as PE and PP. Surfx’s cold argon plasmas achieve excellent adhesion with no chance for thermal damage.

Obviously, plasmas that use air are going to be cheaper than those that use bottled argon and oxygen. However, the difference is at most a few pennies ($0.01 USD) on a part that sells for more than ten dollars. Is this savings really worth the risk of a recall down the road? The adhered components must survive tens of thousands of hours of use under constant shaking, temperatures ranging from -10 oC to over 40 oC, and up to 100% humidity. Lab testing cannot duplicate this environment.

Beware of air plasmas that deliver barely acceptable results. Show your customers that you are willing to go the extra mile for a reliable product that never fails during the vehicle’s lifetime.


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


Apr 27 2016

Epoxy Adhesion – Improving Adhesion of Composites

Epoxy Adhesion is the topic of our newest page.
Check out our Epoxy Adhesion page for sections detailing:

  • Improving Adhesion of Composites
  • Surface Preparation with Atmospheric Plasmas
  • Sanding vs Plasma Surface Preparation
  • Surface Preparation for Adhesive Bonding
  • Bonding Epoxy Composites
  • Failure Modes For Epoxy Composites
  • Mechanism of Activating Epoxy Composites
  • Choosing the Better Bond

Strong Bond, Cohesive Failure

“Surface preparation is the most critical factor in determining a bond’s performance.”

Frank Doerner, Vice President, Materials, Processes, and Structures Technologies, Boeing

Mar 29 2016

Hand plasma tools for improving adhesion on plastics

Hand Plasma System for Surface PerperationAdhesion is a big problem in manufacturing goods out of plastic components. Whether one is gluing, printing, or coating these materials, the surface must be clean and activated for adhesion. A safe, cost effective, and “green” way to clean and activate plastics for adhesion is atmospheric pressure plasmas. The plasma generates a stream of reactive gas that removes organic contamination and creates reactive functional groups for bonding. This process occurs in seconds.

Manufacturing costs must be kept to a minimum in order to maximize profits. A big question is how does one go about treating plastic components with plasma in a cost effective way. Should the process be automated, or can it be done more cheaply by hand? The answer lies in the level of production. If thousands of parts must be activated and bonded each day, then an automated system may be justified. However, if production is less than a thousand parts per day, then a hand plasma tool is the right choice.

A fully automated plasma system can cost upwards of $1.0 million USD, when you consider the robotics, the integration, and the entire work cell needed to keep workers safe from the robot motion. A complete hand plasma tool can be purchased for a fraction of this cost. Here is an estimate of the capital required for treating 500 parts per day, 300 days per year: $1.33 per part for the robotic system compared to $0.07 per part for the hand plasma tool.Hand Plasma System for Surface Perperation

Surfx’s hand plasma tools treat plastic parts in seconds, are safe and easy to use, and have minimal EH&S concerns. Our products can save you a lot of money over alternative atmospheric plasmas that must be mounted on fixtures and kept away from the operator.

Contact us for system details and purchasing information

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

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