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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.

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