MATERIALS: Plasmatech has announced the latest addition to their line of low pressure gas plasma systems.
The AL400-D GAS PLASMA SYSTEM is designed for deposition of a lubricious, low coefficient of friction coating on bulk components. By utilizing Plasmatech’s Thin-GLYDE process, tackiness or drag of rubber and elastomeric surfaces can be significantly reduced. The coating also repels lint and other contaminants on silicone components. Coating thickness is typically under a micron and does not affect the physical or bulk properties of the material.
A totally dry and low-temperature process, the Thin-GLYDE coating is performed in the AL400-D utilizing proprietary low pressure PECVD technology. The system is clean room compatible and available in a table-top version or with free-standing enclosure to permit vacuum pump incorporation within the system cabinetry. A removable rotating drum mechanism tumbles the components during in situ pre-treatment and coating to ensure batch consistency. Other standard equipment features include PLC touch screen with menu driven recipes, mass flow controllers with magnetic valves, and error monitoring. System chamber and drum sizes can be customized to accommodate higher volume production requirements.
In addition to equipment, Plasmatech offers contract coating services for Thin-GLYDE as well as other PECVD coatings. Conventional plasma treatment and ultra-pure cleaning equipment and services are also available.
-Edited by Kelsey Anderson