Plasma Surface TreatmentsPlasma surface treatments offer the ability to alter the surface of a material in order to improve surface energy, bonding, printing, or wettability. Plasma also offers the ability to coat products for waterproofing. Almost any material can be treated with plasma. We manufacture a complete line of products that are commonly used in manufacturing, R&D, and the academic environment.
All surfaces are contaminated with organics even though the contaminates are usually invisible to the casual observer. These contaminants impact an object’s ability to interact with other materials such as glue or ink. By treating an object's surface with a specialized plasma surface treatment, we are able to remove organic contaminants.
Organic contaminant removal increases the bond strength of a glue or solder and provides increased reliability for printing. These treatments work well on shiny plastics and rubbers, allowing printing and bonding.
For more detailed information about plasma surface treatments, we have provided information about the various uses of plasma below.
- Plasma Treatment Basics
An overview of plasma treatment.
- Plasma Bonding
Create the strongest bond possible between two dissimilar materials.
- Dry Etching
Any plasma surface modification performed without the use of chemicals is called dry etching. All of the plasma cleaning products at Plasma Etch are designed to perform a type of dry etching.
- Oxygen Plasma Treatment
Oxygen plasma surface treatment is the most common form of dry etching in use today. Oxygen is used to treat aluminum and stainless steel surfaces as well as glass, plastics, and ceramics.
- PCB Etching Machines
PCB etching machines allow plasma etching on printed circuit boards.
- Plasma Activation
Activating a surface with slight modifications will allow for better printing or bonding.
- Plasma Functionalization
Functionalization improves adhesive properties such as bondability and paintability.
- Plasma Cleaning
Plasma cleaning is the process of cleaning a product to increase its ability to be printed on or bonded to. The goal of plasma cleaning is to remove organic surface contaminants.
- Plasma Etching
Plasma etching is similar to plasma cleaning. However, in plasma etching, the goal is to remove a very small layer of the product being treated.
- Plasma Polymerization
Plasma polymerization is commonly used to prevent silicon products from sticking together.
- Plasma Surface Modification
Plasma surface modification refers to the process by which a product’s surface is modified to accept either a bond or an ink for printing. Often used on Teflon or plastics, plasma surface modification actually modifies the surface of the material, opening the pores and allowing it to bond to glue or ink.
- Reactive Ion Etching
Reactive ion etching (RIE) plasma treatments are used to etch away treated surfaces. RIE is often used on glass and may be used on glass treated with a photoresist solution. When a photoresist solution is applied to the glass, the RIE system does not etch away at the glass under the solution. This can create a pattern in the glass that is permanent.