Showcasing accurate and controlled plasma cleaning at SEMT 2018
Exhibition at the annual Society of Electron Microscope Technology meeting 2018.
Affiliated to the Royal Microscopical Society, the Society of Electron Microscope Technology (SEMT) is a forum for ideas on techniques and applications in microscopy. It has become one of the foremost user groups in the country, addressing all aspects of microscopy from instrument design and specimen preparation to digital image acquisition.
The society’s annual meeting will be held on the 12th December at the Natural History Museum in London and hosted by the museum’s ‘Imaging and Analysis Centre’ representatives. It promises to be a fascinating and informative day which we are very much looking forward to. Please do stop by and say hello!
Henniker Relocation to Manor Park
We are pleased to announce that we have completed the relocation to new premises at Manor Park in Runcorn.
The move effectively triples our manufacturing footprint and includes dedicated laboratory space to support our growing research and development activities. Manor Park is situation close to Sci Tech Daresbury, a national science and innovation campus, and is home to a great mixture of high technology manufacturing companies.
“We look forward to serving you from our new home for many years to come.”
Our new address details are;
3 Berkeley Court
‘Nebula’ Advanced plasma treatment system
The Henniker Plasma Treatment range, which is manufactured in the UK and supplied globally, has been further enhanced by the recent release of the ‘Nebula’ Advanced Plasma System.Download the press release
Henniker Plasma product news – Nebula Advanced Plasma System
‘Nebula’ Advanced Plasma Treatment System
The Henniker Plasma Treatment range, which is manufactured in the UK and supplied globally, has been further enhanced by the recent release of the ‘Nebula’ advanced plasma system.
Henniker’s plasma surface treatment technologies transform difficult to bond materials via nano-scale removal of organic contamination and by activating the surface, thereby increasing the material’s surface energy and allowing adhesives, paint and printing inks to attach more easily.
The Nebula features a large 150 litre capacity internal treatment volume that can be configured with several parts loading schemes, including a rotary drum option, and operates under industrial standard PLC control. The newly developed Portals user application provides sophisticated, recipe driven process options together with privilege level user access for unattended operation. This combination of advanced features addresses the needs of industrial and research customers alike.
A unique feature of the Nebula is the addition of an optional monomer dosing inlet. This is a fully automated device for the introduction of a wide range of liquid monomers to produce permanently functionalised surfaces via plasma polymerisation, greatly extending the range of plasma surface treatment possibilities from a single machine.
Henniker’s plasma processes solve problems in a wide range of industries where high performance material properties are required, including aerospace, automotive and medical device manufacture.
FEATURES & BENEFITS
- Gas and monomer inlets allowing enhanced surface engineering
- Internal electrode combinations to suit all different type sand shapes of parts
- PLC Control
- User access permissions for unattended operation
- Fully automated, recipe driven processes
- Unlimited recipes and steps per recipe
- Fast treatment times
- 50L – 150L chamber volumes
- Horizontal, vertical and rotating drum parts shelf options
- No hazardous emissions
- Precise and repeatable
- Compact standalone unit
Henniker at Engineering Materials Live/FAST adhesion show
Henniker Plasma exhibiting at Engineering Materials Live
We are exhibiting at the upcoming Engineering Materials Live show in Birmingham on 10th May and we will be on hand to discuss the latest advances and equipment for improving the adhesion properties of a wide range of engineering materials including metals, ceramics, glass and polymers. If you would like to know more about this exciting technology please stop by Stand 46, where our experts will be happy to discuss your application in detail.
Title: Engineering Materials Live / FAST adhesion show http://www.engineeringmaterialslive.co.uk/
Venue: National Motor Cycle Museum | Birmingham | 08:30 – 14:30
Date: 10th May 2018
Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research develop plasma-treated hydrogel lenses
Researchers at the institute are investigating plasma treatment as a gentle alternative to current medical therapies
Image credit: Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research
In a recent press release the Fraunhofer Institute for Polymer Research revealed how researchers are developing a process for the plasma treatment of contact lenses developed for patients suffering from Microbial Keratitis. Keratitis is a disease of the eye that can lead to a loss of vision, early diagnosis and treatment are integral to recovery, research is now taking place into the application of plasma treatment as a gentle alternative to conventional therapy.
Plasma treatment has been widely used for medical applications and, owing to its success, The Fraunhofer researcher group questioned whether it could become a considered alternative to the current treatment methods. Inital tests in the laboratory and on donor corneas have proven to be very successful.
Dr. Joachim Storsberg, scientist at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP, explains in more detail the benefits of plasma treatment in this work.
Invitation to the First Biological Making Workshop
Henniker invited to the first ‘Biological Making Workshop’.
Designed to bring the UK ‘Biological Making Community’ together Henniker are delighted to have been invited to the first Biological Making Workshop at the Francis Crick Institute.
The workshop aims to gather together like-minded people, ideas and activities surrounding biological making – including but not limited to: micro-, macro-, optical-, thermal- and electronic-design and fabrication (such as microfluidics, micropatterning, 3D printing and CNC milling). This is being spearheaded by the newly formed Making Lab at the Francis Crick institute.
13:30 Coffee and Registration
14:00 6 x Selected talks – 15mins each
15:30 Coffee, networking event and tours of the Making lab
18:00 Drinks reception
Keynote speaker: Prof Christopher S Chen (Department of Biomedical Engineering, Boston University and Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University)
Prof Christopher Chen has been instrumental in engineering the cellular microenvironment to study cell function. The goal of Prof Chen’s research is to identify the underlying mechanisms by which cells interact with materials and each other to build tissues, and to apply this knowledge in the biology of stem cells, tissue vascularization, connective tissues, and cancer. He has received numerous honors, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, and the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award.
Please register to ensure attendance at: https://bmw2018.eventbrite.co.uk/
There is no deadline for registration, but the institute advise us that a limited number of places are available so early registration is recommended!
Abstracts for oral talks are encouraged but not required. Deadline for abstract submission is 26th March, 2018.
They strongly encourage anyone who has new exciting data to submit an abstract for a short talk. This is a great opportunity to discuss new ideas and get feedback from an audience with a specific interest in your field.
Henniker’s HPT Plasma Systems are widely used in microfluidic device fabrication to improve bonding of PDMS materials and we will be on hand to discuss the underlying plasma science and techniques – hope to see you there!
Cold plasma treatment could rid homes of allergens
Liverpool University researchers are investigating how cold atmospehric plasma can be incorporated into a device to help rid homes of allergens
Allergies are an increasing problem, with over 12 million sufferers in the UK alone. The cost to the UK economy from allergies is believed to be around £7bn in lost productivity each year. Now a low-cost consumer device designed to remove allergens from the home is being developed in an EPSRC-funded project by researchers at Liverpool University, working with Dyson.
image and article courtesy of https://www.theengineer.co.uk
The device, which is based on a technology known as Cold Atmospheric pressure Plasma (CAP), is designed to reduce the concentration of airborne allergenic agents from within an indoor environment. These allergens include house dust mites, pollen, household chemicals such as cleaning products, and fungal spores, according to Dr James Walsh at Liverpool University, the project’s leader.
Cold plasma is a form of ionised gas in which energetic electrons and ions coexist alongside a wide variety of highly reactive chemical compounds. It has recently been discovered that when cold plasma comes into contact with contamination in the air, such as an allergy-causing fungus or chemical, it has a very powerful decontamination effect.
“We apply electricity to air, which breaks the air apart into its constituent parts, electrons, atoms, and some reactive molecules,” said Walsh. “When that interacts with a fungus, say, it breaks it apart.” While most people associate plasmas with heat, the plasmas developed by the device will be generated at room pressure, and low temperatures, Walsh said. “We will be generating the cold plasma in air, so we are developing a device that actually uses the plasma to suck the air from the room through the device, and in the process of doing so cleaning it,” he said.
Unlike conventional devices the plasma technology does not require the use of a physical filter, which can become blocked or need replacing. What’s more, it does not need a pump or fan to draw air into the device and push it through, meaning it consumes much less energy. “There is no real resistance, the air is just passing through a region of a high electric field, where it is getting bombarded by chemical species,” said Walsh.
image courtesy of liverpool university
The technology only requires air and electricity to operate, typically using ten times less power than a household lightbulb. This should make it suitable for continuous use in the home. To develop the device, the researchers will first construct a pulsed air plasma source that creates a plasma rich in highly reactive chemical compounds. The researchers will take diagnostic measurements of common household allergens passing through the plasma device, to understand how they break down, said Walsh.
“We don’t yet know what happens when a complex allergen passes through a complex plasma,” he said. “It will break apart, but what are those parts? That is a key question.”