Plasma Treaters
Surface Treating for three-dimensional objects

Plasma surface treating technology is used to modify the surface of solid objects, such as plastics to solve adhesion and wetting problems.

Plasma treaters work by issuing a stream of electrically charged ions that positively charge the surface molecules making them more receptive to any applied substance such as inks or adhesives for printing, painting, coating, bonding and labelling applications.

Plasma treaters offer a highly targetable and precise form of surface treatment for three-dimensional objects aimed at increasing output and reducing reject rate. They can effectively treat extruded, pultruded, moulded and formed materials. Treatment is ideal for PE, PP, PET, nylon, vinyl, polystyrene, polycarbonate, PVC and all other types of thermoformed and thermoset plastics.

Plasma treaters can also be used on metals and foils to clean and promote adhesion.

Enercon’s range of plasma treaters can be for all robotic applications where inline production can bring speed, accuracy and cost benefits.

Plasma treatment for almost all areas of industry

The Automotive Industry

Surface treatment can be used on virtually every part of a vehicle from the bumper to push buttons, boot linings to light fittings. In fact, in-line atmospheric plasma treatment technology is most used within this industry.

Plasma treating brings multiple benefits to the automotive industry, including improved adhesion prior to gluing, painting, coating and printing on metallic and polymer surfaces.

Surface treating is often required when painting plastic parts, such as bumpers and dashboards, and for adding a protective coating to sections that suffer from exposure to the elements. It is also ideal for improving the bond strength of adhesives used in head lamp assemblies, gaskets, mirrors and filters, as it protects against degradation through high temperatures.

A further benefit to gain through plasma treating, is the elimination of hazardous chemical primers and solvent materials within a factory – a plus for both employees and the environment.

The Packaging Industry

Your packaging has the power to make your product stand out on a supermarket shelf. That’s one of the mains reasons companies use plasma treating as part of their packaging process.

Among the most common uses of plasma within the packaging industry are:

  • Treatment of containers prior to labelling to ensure label adhesion
  • Treatment of containers, caps and lids prior to printing and coding to ensure ink adhesion
  • Treatment of folding cartons to ensure carton flap bond strength
  • Treatment of cosmetic packages to ensure effective coating and metallization

The Construction Industry

Improved adhesion performance is the main reason the construction industry uses surface treating technology.

Enercon’s plasma technology is commonly used on surfaces that require strong adhesion to tapes, such as windows, doors, roofing materials and even reflective surface coatings. Surfaces that will be exposed to elements will also benefit from pre-treatment prior to painting. This includes decking and garage doors.

Fluoropolymer-coated materials, which can be used the construction of roofs, also benefit from plasma treating. Treating fluoropolymer improves its adhesion properties without diminishing its ability to withstand extreme temperatures, resist corrosion, and provide high durability.

The Medical Industry

There are two main reasons the medical industry use plasma treating.

The first is to ensure the highest possible standards of cleanliness and sterilisation of surfaces. Plasma treatment is highly effective for removing microbial contamination, and outperforms many organic solvents and aggressive surfactants.

It is also ideal for improving adhesion on a wide variety of materials used in the medical industry. This includes PEEK, POM, polyamides and PTFE, which are used in products such as catheters, microcatheters, nasogastric feeding tubes and endotracheal tubes.

The Eyewear Industry

Optics, lenses, glasses, frames and goggles are all suitable candidates for plasma treating.

Surface treating technology is currently used in the treatment of specialty lenses prior to coating to help prepare glass and polymer surfaces for successful coating adhesion.

It is also used for improving adhesion on plastics prior to adding coloured inks to frames and sports and protection eyewear such as goggles.

The Textile Industry

Plasma treating can significantly improve the wettability of textiles to ensure effective dyeing, printing and textile finishing.

As well as allowing for solvent-free dyes to bond well, plasma treating can give fabrics new material qualities through improved adhesion prior to coating. After a textile has been treated, it can be coated to gain a self-cleaning finish and flame retardant and waterproof properties. These functional coatings are often required for sports and recreational clothing, protective clothing, barrier textiles, and medical or hygiene textiles.

The Consumer Goods Industry

Consumers expect nothing less than perfection from the products they buy.

That is why many companies choose to use plasma treating in their production process.

A plasma treater can help provide perfect printing and coating, hardwearing and adhesive bonds, flame-retardant, dirt-and-water-repellent characteristics.

Among the consumer goods currently treated are televisions, touch screen devices, sports shoes and trainers, plastic toys and appliances such as washing machines and dishwashers.

The Renewable Energy Industry

The renewable energy industry is increasingly using surface treating technology.

Among the types that can benefit are solar and wind energy. Solar panels require a high level of protection as they are constantly exposed to the elements, while the rotary blades of wind turbines can be treated for cleaning, paint adhesion and laminating.

Wire and Cable Marking

Atmospheric plasma treaters are frequently used as in-line surface treating solution to improve marking adhesion for wire and cable.

Enercon’s plasma systems work by increasing surface energy levels to promote bonding of aqueous inks, coatings and adhesives to ensure smudge resistance and durability.

Plasma treaters have also enabled manufacturers to replace solvent inks with water based or UV inks, eliminating harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs). It also prevents the need of chemical primers and surface roughing processes prior to printing.

Enercon’s Range of Plasma Surface Treaters

Blown Ion Series

Designed to treat small, narrow and irregular surfaces

Blown Arc Series

Designed to treat wide surface areas

  • Fully enclosed stainless-steel body construction for industrial environments.
  • Easy Set Up
  • Intelligent Universal voltage 120v/208-240v
  • Standard compressed air
  • Custom engineered shielded cable for maximum flexibility & durability
  • Internally mounted, oil free, air cooled transformer
  • Self-protective circuitry
  • IP 52 enclosure
  • USB Data Drive