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Plasma technology, surface treatment and mechanical engineering – all from a single source

Relyon plasma GmbH from Regensburg presents the interplay of plasma technology, surface treatment and mechanical engineering at the K trade fair in Düsseldorf together with the two partners STTS – Systèmes et Technologies de Traitement de Surface and ULBRICH – Maschinenbau- und Export-Import Betriebs GmbH. The aim of the partnership is to be a solution-oriented partner with holistic process know-how, offering a one-stop service.

Logo K Trade Fair Plasma Technology and Surface Treatment by Relyon Plasma

Regensburg/Düsseldorf. From the 16th to 23rd of October 2019, the K Messe, the world’s leading trade fair for plastics and rubber, will open its doors to the professional audience in Düsseldorf. In Hall 11, booth E18, relyon plasma from Regensburg shows how cold atmospheric pressure plasma can be used for a wide variety of applications in the processing of plastics. In addition, the French sales partner STTS – Systèmes et Technologies de Traitement de Surface will provide insights into Corona technology and the Austrian sales partner ULBRICH – Maschinenbau- und Export-Import Betriebs GmbH will demonstrate automation based on robotics.

The partnership of the three companies goes back a long way and is characterized by the common goal of offering the customer the best possible solution. Thus, the three companies combine the different core competencies in order to generate a holistic solution approach for the customer: Process consulting, surface treatment and automation – all from a single source.

Cold atmospheric pressure plasma in handheld device

At the joint booth, relyon plasma will focus on the Piezoelectric Direct Discharge technology, PDD technology for short. This is a particularly compact technology for plasma generation based on direct electrical discharge at an open piezoelectric transformer (PT). This allows plasma to be integrated into the piezobrush® PZ2 hand-held device.

Improved wettability of ABS and metal before and after plasma treatment with piezobrush PZ2
Improved wettability of ABS and metal before and after plasma treatment with piezobrush PZ2

The plastics and rubber industry uses the piezobrush® mainly for surface activation, i.e. to increase the surface energy on various materials. This facilitates the bonding of plastics, but also when bonding materials such as glass, GRP, ABS and other plastics with epoxy resin adhesive, the bonding force is significantly increased by pretreatment with the piezobrush®. Another field of application is 3D printing, in which the plasma hand-held device is used for bonding 3D-printed individual parts, to name only one.

Why can Corona surface treatment not only be used for flat, thin parts?

How can we help to improve adhesion on a robust and regular base? STTS, only French Corona manufacturer, has developed a specific way to treat not only “classical” films and plates but also 3 dimensional parts. How? With a very specific technology and a very particular way to analyse and approach the customers’ products adhesion concerns.

Corona Technologie
Wide corona discharge in air gap

In addition of 30 years extensive experience in surface treatment, STTS has now a little less than a decade of deep partnership with a very high qualified plasma equipment manufacturer, relyon plasma, which allows to present, during the K 2019 show, the capacity to cover almost all the range of adhesions problems the customers are facing, including analysis and comprehension of the phenomenons. The major key being the understanding and therefore the adaptation to the material, shape and characteristics of your production line.

Automation through robotics

ULBRICH Automation is an expert in the combination of technical knowledge as well as automation technology and has extensive experience in the chemical industry. At the center of the booth, ULBRICH will present a mobile 6-axis collaborative robot system for dosing and surface treatment with plasma. The flexible robotic system can be connected directly to a 230V domestic installation and thus delivers a complete system the size of a shopping cart. In addition, Ulbrich presents a Smart Application System – refill gun, which provides more flexibility for manual 2K dosing applications.

 Mobile 6-axis collaborative robot system for dosing and surface treatment with plasma
Mobile 6-axis collaborative robot system for dosing and surface treatment with plasma

This system, for which only one compressed air supply is required, is designed for the filling of 20-200l hobbocks.

This will enable live demonstrations to be given on site of how the three companies’ areas of competence overlap and interact with one another.  A visit to booth 11 E 18 will give you a direct insight into the various technologies and allow you to experience and evaluate them on site.

You can download the press release here.

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