Tag Archives: plasma treatment

4月 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).

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9月 04 2012

Surfx Unveils New Atmospheric Plasma Products

Surfx Atomflo 500

Today at SEMICON Taiwan, Surfx Technologies just released a new range of atmospheric plasma products with increased performance and additional features. Customers now have even more choices in high-speed plasma systems that can also be easily integrated into existing production environments.

Our patented downstream plasma will not expose sensitive electronics or circuits to potentially damaging electric fields. We also offer high speed LED encapsulation processes as well as solar thin film and silicon cell process solutions. Customers will gain better performance, single part traceability and increase package yield.”

The Atomflo™ 500 atmospheric plasma controller, which offers real time process feedback, argon or helium primary gas, multiple secondary gas handling and integrated machine I/O is now available from Surfx Technologies. The Atomflo 500 is an excellent fit for demanding high-throughput production applications that require direct real-time process monitoring feedback. This completely new controller design includes a touch-screen user interface, increased RF power and high-speed RF tuning, and an increased accuracy of the matching network.

surfx-spmSurfx Technologies also released the Standalone Plasma Machine (SPM) to provide customers with a turnkey system that integrates the Atomflo 500 solution into an automated, compact, multi-axis application system. The SPM includes advanced graphical motion management software (generating NC code for the motion engine), 4-axis motion with 400 x 400 x 300 mm plasma treatment volume and modular control system architecture, capable of interfacing to other systems via network communication and/or SMEMA interface.

We also launched the new Atomflo 400S, an upgrade of its popular A400 model, which can be used as a standalone R&D tool or integrated with any motion system to automate customer’s process needs. Additional process parameters and an increased controller memory for additional stored process recipes and simplified recipe management, will result in faster tuning performance for customers.

Atmospheric pressure plasmas eliminate the need for harsh chemicals or inefficient vacuum chambers that are limited to batch processes. The Atomflo atmospheric pressure plasma generates a stream of reactive gas at low temperatures so many materials can be treated, including polymers, epoxies, metals, ceramics and glass.

7月 23 2012

Atmospheric Plasma Heading to Taiwan


Surfx at SAMPE 2015

Some of my colleagues are heading to SEMICON Taiwan on September 5 to 7 for a number of great opportunities to mingle with experts of microelectronics manufacturing. SEMICON Taiwan connects with the companies, people, products and information which are shaping the future of design and manufacturing for semiconductors, nanoelectronics, MEMS, Photovoltaics and related advanced electronics.

SEMICON Taiwan is one of the largest and most influential  microelectronics industry event in the region and this year is at  a new venue, the TWTC Nangang Exhibition Hall.

It’s going to be a great event for us, and will be unveiling a  full range of atmospheric plasma solutions for activating or  treatment of MEMS, semiconductors, nano electronics, photovoltaics, and other advanced electronic components.

Dr. Robert Hicks, will be speaking at the event about atmospheric plasma surface preparation for high-volume package manufacturing during the Innvotative Technology Series.

If you are planning a  trip out to Taiwan during that time, stop on by!

7月 12 2012

Not All Plasma Sources Created Equally

surfx-sourcesAtmospheric pressure plasmas
 are great tools for surface treatment of materials prior to bonding, gluing, coating and other applications.

They are used in manufacturing many products ranging from stents, catheters and prosthetics for the medical device industry to large, three-dimensional composites for the aerospace industry.

Out there in the marketplace there is a bewildering array of plasma technologies for materials processing. But it’s important to recognize that atmospheric plasmas do not all perform the same way.

Not only are there multiple types of atmospheric plasma sources, but there are vacuum-based plasmas that may be used when batch treatment is convenient. In order to choose among different types, you need to know the “Figures of Merit” that govern their operation.

They are:

• Average electron temperature
• Average electron concentration
• Average neutral temperature
• Breakdown voltage
• Types of reactive gas species
• Average concentration of reactive gas species
• Remote versus direct contact with the substrate

The engineer must run tests to find out which device works best for his or her application.

Check out our application note on Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Technology by clicking here.

6月 28 2012

Plasma Going to the Olympics?

It’s been a while.

Surfx Atmospheric Plasma Systems

Time just seems to be flying by right now. I find out at the end of June whether we have been selected to represent our country at the Olympic Games. It has been a very emotionally and physically testing battle over the last 2 years to gain enough points and get the right results to satisfy the criteria.

Since I spoke to you last I have been globetrotting, starting in April I have been in Brazil, Poland, China twice (Shanghai and Beijing), F

rance and we finished in Prague last month where we didn’t have the greatest result in the last two years, but we do still hold the claim to the best finish that any British men’s team has ever achieved, and that came last year in Canada. Since then I have been back at the Surfx office in southern California. There are some exciting times ahead for our atmospheric plasma system and it has made for a busy schedule, with training, working and all the media commitments that are arising being so close to the Olympics.

Well I will certainly update you all once I have found out the federations decision.  Until next week!

Gregg Weaver