8. March 2013   9:32 pm
Hardev Grewal

Hardev Grewal
CEO Plasmatreat PTNA & US - Hayward, CA

Hello again packaging professionals.

In this post I am going to briefly touch on the cost savings and ROI enabled by plasma treatment in the folding carton industry.

There are multiple opportunities for cost savings with the implementation of plasma treatment.   One of these is the ability to floodcoat UV coated boards and bond directly to the coated surface instead of cutting printing blankets to allow for good glue adhesion.   A facility that can save 20 blankets per month can pay for a single jet plasma system in less than 8 months on that savings alone.

Another major area of savings is adhesives.   Plasma treatment of UV coatings or poly coated boards can allow manufacturers to change from holt melt to cold glue.   In addition, less glue may be required to achieve the same results.   Implementing plasma treatment on difficult to bond jobs can also allow for the use of the same cold glue plantwide, eliminating the need for multiple adhesive types (including more expensive alternatives that were used in the past).

Plasma treatment can greatly enhance productivity as well.   It has been seen in real world trials and in current production applications that plasma treatment can help increase line speed by as much as 100%!   This is obviously a huge savings especially on large jobs where multiple millions of cartons are run through a folder-gluer.

Lastly and possibly most importantly is the increase in bonding quality that results from a plasma treatment.   As discussed in previous posts, plasma treatment allows for true chemical bonding between the substrate and adhesive.   This provides bonding strengths that have never been seen before in the industry.   Trusting the bonding of folding cartons to old methods and hoping they work is very risky business.   One rejection claim from a customer can pay for several plasma units!

In an ever more difficult manufacturing environment, plasma treatment is the natural choice that allows facilities to progress and reach their financial goals much quicker as they face more cost pressures from their clients.

That’s all for now.   My next entry will focus on food and pharmaceutical packaging applications.

Thanks for your attention.

Shaun Glogauer.

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