For many years, Corona was the most efficient and cost-effective means of surface treatment, and in more than 95% of cases, it still is.
But with the advent in recent times of more complex and sophisticated substrates, the last 5% of applications have special needs that are difficult to meet, or are solved in expensive ways that often involve harmful components.
Vetaphone has developed a new method of surface treatment that offers the fine-tuning required by the chemical make-up of these materials. It is cost effective and environmentally-friendly, and offers a real alternative to using the harmful components that are otherwise needed to do the job.
It is called iPlasma, and where Corona treatment is a Dielectric Barrier Discharge (DBD) carried out in ambient air (blue groups in the illustration below), iPlasma needs a controlled atmosphere because it uses small quantities of dopant gas for grafting (red groups in the illustration below). This allows iPlasma to offer a different functionality to Corona and provide a range of surface capabilities.
Generally described as being a softer form of surface treatment than Corona, iPlasma is more homogenous. It has a lower heat impact on the surface of the substrate, which gives the system operator the flexibility to fine-tune the surface chemistry to very specific requirements. It is therefore often seen as an effective method of replacing Corona and liquid primer in one pass.
What makes iPlasma unique is the control level that it offers, which is missing on older Plasma systems. Whether you are considering full-scale production or a lab-sized testing system, iPlasma offers complete control of the process and the ability to create a variety of different surface conditions.
Proof of concept:
Since the introduction of our industrial Atmospheric Plasma Systems in 2010, we have supplied more than 60 units and have years of experience in achieving excellent results based on our customers’ needs.
However, we also know that due to the complex and diverse nature of your requirements, proof of concept is the first step before deciding to invest in an iPlasma system.
For this purpose we have a test facility which contains a completely new installed test line for iPlasma surface treatment, and our expert team of qualified engineers have advanced tools for analysis and control of surfaces.
iPlasma has been successfully tested on a variety of substrates including: PET, PP, BOPP, PA, PE, PVC, PVDC, Printed Polymers and Fluorinated Polymers (PVF, PVDF, ECTFE, ETFE, FEP,and PTFE). If the substrate you are looking to treat is not on this list it is still very likely that iPlasma will be successful, so please contact us to arrange a test in our lab facility.
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