Henniker opens new UK based plasma surface treatment & testing facility

UK manufacturer Henniker announces a new 1,400 sqft dedicated plasma surface treatment & testing facility in Warrington, UK.

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PGx, Portable Plasma Surface Testing

PGx, Portable Plasma Surface Testing; The all new PGx from Henniker is a Portable Contact Angle measurement instrument designed for rapid and accurate assessment of plasma treated materials.

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Henniker to attend specialised conference for medical plastics – Mediplas Sept 2013

Mediplas Sept 2013

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We are pleased to announce we will be attending and exhibiting at this years ‘Mediplas’ exhibition. Our decision to attend was made easier by the great success and lead generation we had at last year’s show.

Mediplas Sept 2013 is a uniquely focused event for the highly specialised area of manufacturing plastic parts for the medical industry. Taking place at the heart of UK manufacturing with the highest concentration of medical device manufacturers virtually on its doorstep, Mediplas provides an essential forum for the sector. Bringing together a host of industry experts to offer practical advice and guidance for manufacturers from initial concepts and design ideas, through to materials and process optimisation.

Henniker will be at the exhibition this year on stand H19, please come along and visit us where we will be showcasing our expertise and knowledge of plasma treatments. Our representative on the stand will be displaying the various applications of plasma including hydrophilic and hydrophobic coatings and surface activation to improve adhesion and preparation of plastics before gluing, printing or sealing. We will also be presenting our wide range of surface testing equipment & services.

Mediplas will take place in Hall 3A of the NEC, Birmingham, B40 1NT, UK.
Exhibition opening and closing times are below for more information on attending please visit www.mediplasuk.com

Wednesday 25 September – 09.30hrs – 17.00hrs.
Thursday 26 September – 09.30hrs – 16.00hrs.

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World leading international company BP invests in a plasma unit for surface preparation

Plasma unit for surface preparation

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BP is one of the world’s leading international oil and gas companies, providing its customers with fuel for transportation, energy for heat and light, retail services and petrochemicals products for everyday items. Our benchtop unit is intended for use in surface preparation for SEM, and for wetting alterations, assisting in BP ‘s Exploration Production Technology dept.

Plasma Cleaners

An image of our UK Manufactured Henniker Plasma Cleaning Equipment - HPT-100

Plasma cleaning delivers an ultra-fine surface preparation with only air or oxygen as the process gas, although our range of plasma cleaners is compatible with many other gases too. This means an inherently environmentally friendly technique with no waste chemicals, offering a real alternative to both aqueous and  solvent based cleaning techniques.

Our range of plasma cleaners  are available with various options, such as single or multiple gas inlets, multiple loading trays and rotary drum chambers, making them suitable for many requirements. Our experts have years of experience with different applications and system options and will help you to configure a unit for your exact needs. If you are looking for a robust, trusted plasma cleaner, our range should provide an excellent starting point.

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Benchtop system assisting research into nanofluidics at the University of Bath Chemical Engineering Department

Benchtop system assisting research into nanofluidics

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At the University of Bath, within the department of Chemical Engineering there has been research in the area of nanofluidics, where it is focused on the fundamental understanding of static and dynamic behaviour of liquids under nanometre scale confinement.

Hennikers’ Benchtop System is in place to assist with the research into understanding the behaviour of liquids flowing in nanoscale pores. A fundamental step towards understanding the mechanisms governing the behaviour of these fluids is whether the presence of nanoparticles alters the wetting characteristics.

Henniker’s system provides a convenient benchtop laboratory scale solution to alter (increase) the surface energy of the materials of interest, rendering them easily wettable and with subsequently improved flow characteristics.

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Leading Avionics company Selex Galileo chooses Henniker’s fast plasma cleaning cycle and recipe settings over competitive applications

Selex Galileo opt for Henniker’s fast plasma cleaning cycle

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Selex Galileo is one of Europe’s leading avionics companies, and the UK’s foremost supplier of electronic systems for military platforms in the air, at sea and on land. The organisation operates primarily in the design, development and manufacture of Radar and Laser Systems.

Our benchtop system is used for the plasma cleaning of critical RF electronics/circuitry. The system was chosen principally for its fast plasma cycle cleaning and ability to store up to 50 recipe settings.

Plasma Cleaners

An image of our UK Manufactured Henniker Plasma Cleaning Equipment - HPT-100

Plasma cleaning delivers an ultra-fine surface preparation with only air or oxygen as the process gas, although our range of plasma cleaners is compatible with many other gases too. This means an inherently environmentally friendly technique with no waste chemicals, offering a real alternative to both aqueous and  solvent based cleaning techniques.

Our range of plasma cleaners  are available with various options, such as single or multiple gas inlets, multiple loading trays and rotary drum chambers, making them suitable for many requirements. Our experts have years of experience with different applications and system options and will help you to configure a unit for your exact needs. If you are looking for a robust, trusted plasma cleaner, our range should provide an excellent starting point.

To read more on plasma cleaning technology and processes please click here

To discuss your plasma cleaning requirements please click here

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Major manufacturer of sub-sea power connectors used in harsh enviroments improve adhesion through plasma treatment in critical manufacturing process

Improve adhesion through plasma treatment

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Offshore Power Connectors or sub-sea power connectors are required to perform with unquestionable reliability on some of the harshest environments imaginable.

Both our atmospheric plasma torch and bench-top low-pressure plasma units have been chosen by a major manufacturer of power connectors for offshore applications. The units were chosen for both site and field applications after initial trials demonstrated significant adhesion improvement in critical manufacturing steps.

Improving adhesion through plasma treatment

A scientific illustration of a contaminated part during plasma surface activation

Plasma surface activation is effective at altering the surface of a polymer by attaching polar or functional groups to it. Many polymers, in particular polyolefins such as polyethylene and polypropylene, are chemically inert and cannot bond easily to other materials, displaying poor adhesion with inks, paint and glues. The reason for this is the absence of polar and reactive functional groups in their structure.

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Optoelectronics advancement through plasma treatment

Optoelectronics advancement through plasma treatment

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PRP Optoelectronics is a specialist manufacturer of high quality LED-based systems for the most demanding applications in the military and commercial avionics, industrial and medical sectors. PRP’s products are able to meet the most stringent levels of reliability and lifetime, even when operating in adverse environments.

Our plasma treatment units are currently used to improve the bonding of wires on critical instrument assemblies, leading to a significant reduction in failure rates.

Improving adhesion through plasma treatment

A scientific illustration of a contaminated part during plasma surface activation

Plasma surface activation is effective at altering the surface of a polymer by attaching polar or functional groups to it. Many polymers, in particular polyolefins such as polyethylene and polypropylene, are chemically inert and cannot bond easily to other materials, displaying poor adhesion with inks, paint and glues. The reason for this is the absence of polar and reactive functional groups in their structure.

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Industrial Filtration technologies improved through plasma treatment

Industrial Filtration technologies improved through plasma treatment

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Plasma treatment of filter media

Walker Filtration specialise in the design and manufacture of a wide range of industrial air filtration and drying technologies from compressed air filters, vacuum pump filtration and medical sterile filters to laser smoke evacuators.

Our plasma treatment equipment is used for high throughput surface modification of several important product lines where they deliver specific, value enhancing surface properties for a number of key application areas.

Plasma Treatment of Filter Media

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Plasma coatings onto filter media can be either hydrophobic or hydrophilic depending upon the application.

When hydrophobic coatings are applied, water and other liquids simply bead up and roll off the surface. When hydrophilic coatings are applied, the surface area becomes totally wettable. The coatings are permanently bound to the surface and are so thin that there is no discernable change in filter efficiency characteristics. They can be applied to finished product or roll-to-roll coated as required. As well as providing enhanced functionality, plasma deposition onto filtration media significantly enhances the commercial value of the product and in many cases allows the media to perform well beyond its intended characteristics.

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Semiconductor Device and Research company installs a third plasma etching system

Plasma etching system

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Tyndall National Institute choose our benchtop etching system for its compound semiconductor fabrication facility. This is the third system installed in the facility in the past three years and will be routinely used for processing of a wide range of optoelectronic materials.

Plasma Etching

 Plasma surface etching is a type of plasma treatment used to increase the surface area of a material on the microscopic scale. The surface of the component is etched with a reactive process gas.

Material from the surface is etched away, converted to the gas phase and removed by the vacuum system. The surface area is greatly increased, raising the surface energy and making the material easily wettable. Plasma surface etching is used before printing, gluing and painting and is particularly useful for processing of e.g. POM and PTFE, which cannot otherwise be printed on or bonded without the use of aggressive chemicals.

Plasma surface Etching Effects

 

Untreated PTFE Surface
Untreated PTFE surface
Plasma Etched PTFE surface
Plasma etched PTFE surface

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