These plasmas are generated in closed chambers in a vacuum (10-3 to 10-9 bar). The decreased particle count per volume in comparison to atmospheric pressure leads to a greater free travel length and to a comparatively lower number of impact processes. Therefore the plasma has a lower tendency to relax and can spread more widely in the space. Strong pumps are necessary for evacuating the chamber. Low pressure plasma does not have inline capability.
High pressure plasma
High pressure plasmas are generated in special gas discharge lamps, for example. They have no importance in the treatment of surfaces.
Corona process, corona treatment
Corona treatment is a physical process involving high voltage and is mainly used for treatment of films. The disadvantage of corona pretreatment is its relatively low activation potential and the sometimes inhomogeneous results on the surface treated. In individual cases, there may also be unintended treatment of the reverse side of the film. Moreover, the surface tension obtained does not remain stable very long, and the treated components can only be stored for a limited time.
Atmospheric pressure plasma, atmospheric plasma – today’s form of plasma treatment
Atmospheric plasma is generated under normal pressure. This means that low pressure chambers are not required. With the patented Openair® jet technology , it is now possible for the first time to integrate very effective and – what is more – protective plasma (because it’s potential-free) directly into manufacturing processes under normal pressure conditions. Treatment with atmospheric pressure plasma is thus especially cost-effective and is widely available as an alternative to low pressure plasma and corona processes. The big advantage of atmospheric plasma is its inline capability. As a rule, it can be integrated into existing production systems with no problems.
New Research and Testing Equipment for Highly Technical Surface Treatment
Plasmatreat constantly faces shifting demands as a result of new ideas, regulations, and standards. Customers are increasingly approaching the company with unique and innovative project requests. Consequently, the capacities of the technology and research center will now be expanded to include a class-6 cleanroom.
Comprehensive Process Control for Openair-Plasma Systems
Plasmatreat supports digitized manufacturing with its Plasma Control Unit (PCU) and makes numerous controls, regulation, and monitoring functions available to ensure consistently high surface-treatment quality and reproducibility.
Plasma Instead of Chemicals – Using Openair-Plasma to reduce VOC Emissions
VOCs occur when solvents and solvent-containing products are used, and they are harmful to the environment. Nevertheless, manufacturing in many industries still involves pre-treating surfaces with primers, bonding agents or other chemicals that release VOCs. With its Openair-Plasma process, Plasmatreat offers an environmentally friendly alternative.