The plasma affects the surface by either delivering the reactive species required for the modification, or by delivering energy to the surface to initiate a reaction as is the case with plasma-facilitated cross-linking. This atmospheric plasma process can be used to quickly improve the adhesion of two materials. An air plasma treatment of around 100 milliseconds is often all that is needed to greatly enhance adhesion and bonding on difficult-to-bond materials. Even Teflon and silicone surfaces can be plasma treated to provide reliable adhesion using atmospheric plasma technology.
At APS, we have developed an in-line system capable of meeting these needs at atmospheric pressure. Our atmospheric plasma downstream (APD) system rapidly modifies the surface of even the most challenging materials.
The APD-Series provides an environmentally friendly means of processing materials including surface cleaning, modifying surface energy, thin-film deposition, and lubricant immobilization
The APD Series of plasma power supplies and applicators is designed for industrial applications requiring between 10 and 500 watts of plasma power. The advanced internal process control software can be configured for automated production use or manual control for process development, through either the front panel or remote control through standard industry remote interfaces. Internal monitoring hardware provides a high level of control of the plasma process, to ensure high-quality, consistent performance.