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Trends and Innovations in Surface Modification Using Plasma TechnologyPart I: Fundamentals on Plasma Technology and Activation/Cleaning Processes

SpecialChem / May 3, 2006

The market does not stop to demand for novel products. Only those companies who offer innovative products will explore new segments of the market and will not loose against the cheap suppliers from far eastern countries. This is even more important in the field of surface technology. Many products would not be competitive without plasma technology. Companies changing surfaces with plasma technology expect a noticeable growth within the next years. Plasma technology has become a standard element in surface engineering with multiple possibilities for industrial applications, for example increasing or decreasing of the surface tension, degreasing of metal parts or polymerization of thin layers with defined properties. Plasma - a highly ionized gas - is often called the 4th state of matter. Our sun is a big bowl of plasma emitting the light we need for life. Candle flames or flashes in a lightning also consist of plasma. Flaming of extruded plastic parts before gluing or painting is a well established technique using plasma at atmospheric pressure.

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