Plasma Technology

Learn more about the science and technology of plasma surface treatment and surface energy

Plasma Technology Overview

Plasmas are not a lab curiosity. Plasma technology has been an important production tool for more than 30 years in the fabrication of microelectronic devices for example. Over this period, plasma technology has also permeated a much broader range of industries including automotive, medical device, textiles, and aerospace to name but a few.


Today plasma technology is routinely used to clean and surface treat a wide range of car interior and exterior parts, to improve adhesion of paint and other covering materials, performance textiles to deliver liquid repellency, filter media, stainless steel syringe needles, angioplasty balloon catheters, contact lenses, high voltage power connectors, and many other diverse products. In fact, it would be difficult to identify a modern product that has not benefited from plasma technology at some stage during its fabrication.

Plasmas have a number of unique properties that have led to such widespread application:

  • Ability to treat complex 3D objects and micro-channels
  • Environmentally friendly, no waste chemicals
  • Can be almost infinitely ‘tuned’ to deliver surface-specific properties
  • Ability to treat temperature sensitive materials
  • Treat conductors, semi-conductors and insulators alike
  • Very low unit cost per treatment
  • Ability to produce high value-added property to product
    and many, many more

See what our customers have to say

  • "The technical team at Henniker are very knowledgeable and supportive and always approachable. I have found it a pleasure to work with them."

    Simon Baxter - BAE Systems, MAI

  • "Henniker guided us to choose the most suitable plasma unit for our application, ensured an accelerated delivery time & guided us through the very easy setup. We obtained quality results with their unit within minutes of setup & consistent results thereafter. The support they have provided has been rapid and helpful."

    Dr Ravi Desai - Making Lab, Francis Crick Institute

    Francis Crick Institute
  • "Henniker provided our team with excellent service during the course of our work together, the plasma cleaner arrived quickly and was installed with ease, giving us visible results from the outset and confirming that we made the right decision in choosing a local UK manufacturer."

    Dr Panagiotis Manesiotis BSc MRSC - Queen’s University Belfast

    Queens Uni Belfast
  • "Our customers and operations demand reliability at every level and were a key factor in our decision to choose a UK based manufacturer of plasma treatment equipment."

    Tom Doak - Trak Microwave

    Queens Uni Belfast
  • "Henniker’s after sales support is first class. They have always been extremely responsive if we have ever had need to call on them."

    Steve Rackham - Teledyne

  • "Henniker’s plasma systems have delivered tangible benefits to us right from day one. The team there are very easy to work with."

    Ian Bruce - Coopervision

  • "Henniker really stood out, both in their product range and technical knowledge. They are a great company to work with."

    Karthik Nair - University of Bradford

    University of Bradford
  • "We are very impressed with the ease of use and reliability of our plasma unit and were producing results within minutes of setting it up."

    Dr Neil Wilson - Warwick University

    Warwick University
  • "Our collaborative work with the team at Henniker was a very positive experience and one that we look forward to developing further."

    Ewen Kellar - TWI

  • "Henniker provided a tailored product to match our exact requirements. They are a pleasure to work with."

    Dr Will Shu - Heriot Watt University

    Heriot Watt University

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  • BOC
  • Maclaren
  • Cambridge Uni
  • Warwick Uni
  • Morgan Ceramics
  • QMUL
  • University Bradford
  • BAE
  • Imperial College London
  • Heriot Watt Uni
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