27. August 2015   3:56 pm
Andy Stecher

Andy Stecher
Elgin, IL


Nondisclosure agreements often prevent me from sharing the details of many of our exciting developments—understandable yet frustrating!—but today I am pleased to talk in a general sense about an application that has the potential to improve the daily lives of countless people (and animals) around the world.

Plasma can improve the “wettability” of microsampling devices used to collect fluids for lab analysis, including well water, waste water, blood, tears, and synovial fluid.

Companies are using gas plasma in manufacturing to develop new devices that can quickly and consistently collect a fixed volume of the fluid to be tested. No special skill is required to collect the sample, and once the fluid’s analyte has dried on the tip, it can later be extracted using common solvents and analyzed—no centrifuge, transfer, or freezing are required.

Samples obtained in this manner are minimally invasive, resulting in less trauma to test subjects (including children and laboratory animals). Additionally, as compared with wet samples, samples obtained in this manner are easy to ship via regular mail as no dry ice or expedited delivery are needed to preserve the samples’ integrity.

This also means that people around the world, even in very remote areas, can participate in groundbreaking—and potentially life-saving—medical studies.

Amazing and inspiring stuff indeed!

Oftentimes, industry engineers are not fully aware of all the options (both in service and technology) Plasmatreat offers. But we have the infrastructure in application support and continue to strengthen it to support solution developments in the medical and life sciences markets—as well as many others.

As always, please feel free to get in touch if we can provide any additional information for you.

Category: Aerospace
13. August 2015   2:00 pm
Andy Stecher

Andy Stecher
Elgin, IL



I’ve been doing a lot of traveling lately (primarily for work, but some pleasure, too), so airplanes have been on my mind as I’ve been spending much of my time aloft!

Plasmatreat’s Openair technology plays a key role in the safe and stable adhesion of coatings and bondings on aircraft components made of carbon-fiber reinforced plastics, as well as metals and composites.

What’s great about this technology, in addition to its reliability, is the fact that it’s both environmentally friendly and cost-effective. It’s also suitable for treatment of airplane parts of all sizes, from the very smallest (including those with complex geometries) all the way up to huge wings and fuselage components.

How does it work? The process is threefold: Plasma activates a surface via selective oxidation processes, eliminates static charges, and cleans at a microfine level. Our laboratory trials have revealed that surface energy values of more than 72 dyne are achievable, leading to improved bonding and enabling adhesion of water-based adhesive or paint systems to traditionally adhesive-resistant surfaces.

If you’d like more details on the process, please check out our article in the June 2015 issue of Products Finishing magazine. We’re always happy to answer any questions you may have at our end, too.