An example of the high efficiency of Openair® plasma activation is the manufacture of pre-coated sheet metal (coil coating). This material is needed in the industrial production of household appliances and in the automotive industry.
In the coil coating process, strip metal is provided with a surface coating or varnishing to achieve optimum protection against corrosion and to simplify subsequent production processes. For long-term layer and varnish adhesion, the aluminum strip must first be completely cleaned of rolling oils in an ultrafine cleaning process.
Openair® plasma removes all residues reliably and efficiently while activating the material surface for optimal adhesion and a flawless finish. The Openair® plasma treatment can be integrated inline directly upstream of the coating station in the rolling mill.
Moreover, the dry plasma process is particularly environmentally friendly. The large amounts of chemicals that would otherwise be required for ultrafine cleaning are omitted entirely.
Also, the time- and energy-intensive drying processes necessary in wet chemical treatment are no longer required.