At Abaris we’re always on the lookout for new technologies that will help advance the performance and production of composites used in manufacturing. We’ve added plasma surface treating equipment for composites and plastics from Enercon Industries as a classroom and lab tool to demonstrate the ability for plasma surface treating to improve surface properties for adhesion.
Plasma is the fourth state of matter and is essentially the ionization of air. Enercon’s Blown-ion™ Plasma treaters produce an intense plasma discharge that treats surfaces with positive ion bombardment. This process can remove surface contaminants, mirco-etch surfaces, and functionally improve a surfaces ability to bond with an adhesive; all without changing the surface’s mechanical or chemical properties.
The potential for this type of surface treating to be incorporated with other processes in the manufacturing and repair of composites is intriguing. In some cases it may be able to eliminate inconsistent manual (by-hand) surface preparation techniques and add a well needed improvement in process consistency. In other cases the benefits of plasma may be part of improving the production speed and efficiencies of an automated production line.
If you’re interested in learning more about plasma there are a number of good resources available including a technical presentation on improving structural composite adhesion strength that Enercon and Abaris partnered on in association with Composites World. You can also attend our next Adhesive Bonding of Composites & Metals class and learn about it first hand!
Abaris can also be a resource for you in a training or consulting capacity to assist with engineering and design reviews, analysis, and development of new materials and processes. If we can be of service we are here to help! Contact us today to learn more: firstname.lastname@example.org.