Oct 28 2015

Surfx at CAMX 2015 in Dallas


camx-logo-2015I am very excited to be manning my first CAMX tradeshow next week. We’ll be at Booth J42 demo’ing our flagship product – Atomflo 500 and plasma head in a handheld roller. We’ll also be showing videos the latest offerings – SPARC – Self Propelled Atomflo Robotic Cradle, which incorporates the Atomflo 500 and plasma head. Please come check us out! Email me for your free exhibit hall pass!

 

Richie Woo (rwoo@surfxtechnologies.com)
Sr. Sales Engineer

Oct 08 2015

FlexTech Alliance Awarded $171 Million For DoD Institute


flextechThe FlexTech Alliance was recently chosen by the Department of Defense to spearhead efforts to establish the United States as a leader in next-generation bendable and wearable electronic devices. The San Jose-based Alliance will head a Manufacturing Innovation Institute, drawing cutting-edge ideas from its 162-member consortium. Surfx Technologies is honored to be counted among those members. Working alongside industry leaders and top research institutions, Surfx will apply its plasma treatment expertise to the advancement of flexible hybrid electronics. A White House press release announcing the award can be viewed here. More information about the FlexTech Alliance can be found at www.flextech.org.

 

Oct 05 2015

Surfx at SAMPE High Desert 2015


Surfx at SAMPE High Desert 2015

 

Jul 21 2015

Surfx in the Bay Area


I will be in the Bay Area July 27th through 29th along with my colleagues Richie Woo and  Bob Hicks. During our time in the region, we will visit existing customers and those considering plasma treatment systems alike. Our complimentary on-site demonstrations show not only the surface treatment abilities of our systems, but also the safety, as we treat your parts with a hand-held plasma source. Surfx Technologies schedules regular visits to the Bay Area. If you are interested in an on-site demonstration please let us know. Contact us for more information on how plasma can improve surface preparation in the medical device, aerospace, semiconductor or biotech industries.

Graham Ray
Sales Engineer

Jun 05 2015

Surfx in the Northeast


Surfx at SAMPE 2015My first SAMPE tradeshow was a success! Thanks in part to the presence of our sister company Aerospace Materials Processing (AMP), who not only helped with the booth, but also gave a couple talks in the conference. It definitely drove more traffic towards Surfx booth in addition to increasing interests in plasma as a surface prep method for composite bonding. So shout out to AMP! Please check out their website at www.aeromatpro.com.

Now to my next journey: the hot and humid Northeast…MA and CT to be exact. I never know when it’s a good time to go out there; spring/summer allergies or the cold winter will be the death of me. I’ll be a walking pharmacy. And yes, I’m a spoiled native southern California kid. On a lesser note (I kid), I’m excited to see our very first Standalone Plasma Machine (SPM) that was built for the first time. I hope I’m able to use it.

Richie Woo

Sales Engineer

Jun 01 2015

Treating Microplates With Surfx Plasma


Microplate

Microplates are essential tools for many medical and biotechnology ventures. Proper pre-treatment of these microplates is the key to achieving consistent results. Surfx plasma is currently being used by industry leaders to increase hydrophilicity of microplates, leading to improved cell adhesion. Our customers operate at high throughputs by integrating our Standalone Plasma Machine (SPM) into their production lines. The SPM is an automated turnkey plasma solution that precisely treats microplates at the touch of a button. Highly reactive downstream plasma is blown into each well, increasing surface energy in seconds. There are no high voltage transformers to worry about, or vacuum pumps to wait on. Our systems generate clean, safe, on-demand atmospheric plasma.

Whether culturing cancer cells in search of a cure or performing enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA) at a local clinic, our customers know that their microplates have the best surface preparation available. If you’re looking to improve binding within microplates, contact Surfx Technologies today. Our team of experienced engineers will work with you to determine the optimal treatment parameters for your application. Call 310-558-0770 x112 today to learn more about treating your microplates with Surfx Technologies atmospheric plasma.

Graham Ray
Sales Engineer

May 16 2015

Surfx Atmospheric Plasma for Aircraft Repair


Handheld Plasma 

The navy uses Surfx Atmospheric Innovation

In aerospace manufacturing and repair, a handheld plasma is the right tool for the job. Shown in the picture below is Jakob Grant at the Navy repair depot, San Diego, California, using the Surfx® handheld plasma source to remove hydraulic fluid from the wing panel of an F/A-18 Hornet (Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) Almanac, 7 1 (2013)). The nitrogen plasma cleans the surface of the composite removing contaminants that reduce bond durability. According to Jakob, “the (Surfx) system allows us to eliminate the use of HAZMAT chemicals, while at the same time cleaning the part ten times faster.” “We can remove fluid in nine or ten minutes instead of putting the part in an air circulating oven for one or two hours.”

The Surfx atmospheric plasma is unique for this application. It weighs less than 2 lbs (1 kg), and is easy for the operator to translate over the part. Rollers on the device keep the plasma beam at the proper standoff distance as it is swept back and forth over the surface. The device is supplied with RF power at low voltages, <200 V, and at power levels between 100 and 200 W. The housing is securely grounded so there is minimal risk of electric shock. In addition, the gases used, nitrogen with either argon or helium, do not produce any noxious fumes. Approval by the EH&S department to use the plasma system in the repair depot was easily obtained.

May 02 2015

Surfx at SAMPE Baltimore 2015


Surfx at SAMPE in Baltimore 2015I am very excited to be manning my first SAMPE tradeshow in a few weeks. Ready to meet engineers and scientists alike to talk about Surfx products for improved adhesions on several advanced materials. We’re gaining traction in the aerospace and composites industries and SAMPE has made it possible.  I hope to meet people from new and upcoming startups as well as fortune 500 companies. If you’ve heard of us, please visit our booth H-19 just for a short introduction and demonstration, or just for the goodies! J

The SAMPE conference is held on May 18th-21st, and exhibits will be showing on the 19th and 20th.

View the SAMPE floor plan map and find the Surfx booth.
View our SAMPE conference page to add Surfx to your My Sampe list.

Richie Woo
Sales Engineer

May 01 2015

Atomflo Plasma System For Surface Activation


Atomflo plasma system

One of the most common applications that we see here at Surfx is the need for surface preparation in the aerospace industry. Materials such as carbon fiber reinforced epoxy composites present a challenge when being incorporated into larger structures. The low surface energy of the base material does not allow for intimate contact with the adhesive being used, and the chemical functionalities present on the surface are not design for covalent linking to the adhesive material. As a result, the aerospace industry typically utilizes wet chemical and abrasive techniques to generate surfaces which are prepared for adhesive bonding. However these methods do not lend themselves to automation, and they also generate environmental waste.

Surfx Technical Articles and Information

I would like to bring your attention to some work we have done using our Atomflo plasma system to activate the surface of epoxy composite materials to yield robust, environmentally stable bonds. Our Atomflo plasma system works to generate a highly active epoxy surface by handling the 3 of the major barriers to good adhesive bonding. Initially, the plasma can strip away organic materials at the composite surface and allow for clean interaction between the composite and the adhesive being used. Once these materials are gone, the high density of oxygen atoms generated in the plasma will react with the composite surface to leave behind a high surface energy which facilitates intimate contact with the adhesive. Finally, specific chemical functionalities are generated that react directly with the adhesive being used. These plasma treatments are a permanent and covalent substrate modification. Surfx has been working for many years to understand and optimize this process. Please see the attached literature for a more complete description of this process, or contact us for a free demonstration of our Atomflo plasma system.

Apr 23 2015

Surfx in CompositesWorld


Surfx’s ongoing contribution to the Transition Reliable Unitized STructure (TRUST) project, part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) open manufacturing program, was recently featured in CompositesWorld. Read about the benefits of atmospheric plasma treatment and how our Atomflo 500 system is being used to achieve robust surface preparation here.

Additional information about the TRUST program can be found in the April 2015 edition of the magazine (click here for digital edition).

composites world

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