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Ask the Expert: Dry Plasma Cleaning vs. Wet Cleaning Processes: Which method is best?

September 6, 2016

Dry Plasma Cleaning vs. Wet Cleaning Processes: Which method is best?

How can I remove trace contaminants from inorganic substrates?

Which cleaning method will achieve the best bonding results?

These questions were recently posted to our Ask The Experts portal. Proper cleaning of a substrate is a critical first step in many manufacturing processes, particularly for the medical, aerospace, and electronics industries. So which method will render substrates atomic-level clean and ready for bonding? We recommend plasma cleaning for a number of reasons:

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What is Plasma Treatment? Here’s How it Works

June 28, 2016

What is Plasma Treatment? Here’s How it Works.

In honor of this recent commencement season, today we’re sharing a lesson right from our bearing resource center, TriStar University. Here’s a back-to-basics review of how plasma treatment works. Essentially, plasma treatment is a low-pressure gas process that removes all traces of organic contamination to improve the outcomes of secondary applications. 

Here’s how it works:

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Plasma Treatment for Lifetime Applications

November 24, 2015

Plasma surface treatment can last the lifetime of a product

"It will last for the life of the product.”

How many times have you heard this claim about manufactured products? All too often, products are promoted with “lifetime” promises that are quickly proven to be untrue.

Today on Tech Talk, we want to review plasma treatment applications that can last for the lifetime of a product - if not longer than the product itself.

Here’s how:

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Plasma Treatment Helps Aircraft Bearings Take Flight

February 24, 2015

Plasma Treatment Helps Aircraft Bearings Take FlightNo two applications are ever the same at TriStar; particularly in our Surface Modification Lab. I wanted to share how we recently helped an aerospace client improve the rubber-to-metal bond of their engine wire clips via plasma treatment. By “super cleaning” the components with plasma treatment, we prevented the rubber from delaminating, and avoided potential disaster.

Read on for details.

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Plasma Treatment of Medical Filters

January 8, 2015

Plasma Treatment of Medical FiltersIt is no secret that medical manufacturers are turning to plasma treatment to help them improve the performance of their products. Whether used to alter PEEK and PVC to accept time-released medications or even to improve a plastic-to-metal bond in medical tools; plasma treatment has virtually unlimited potential for the medical and pharmaceutical fields. 

Today I wanted to share how we treated blood filters that are used in orthopedic surgery. Our team is proud to help ensure patient safety by treating the filters that inhibit platelet clotting and assist with gas exchange during surgery.

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3 Key Benefits of Surface Modification

December 9, 2014

TriStar Plastics Corp. - 3 Key Benefits of Surface ModificationReading through some of our older posts, I noticed that we received some great feedback on our coverage of Plasma Surface Modification Improves Drone Aerodynamics. A topic that is still timely today. In this instance, our client needed to improve the bond strength on the wing edge of their drones. The end result after plasma treatment was a superior bond adhesion that excelled at resisting wind forces.

Today I wanted to review 3 key benefits of surface modification for all industries.

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Plasma Treatment of Medical Plastics

October 23, 2014

Surgical catheters can slide and maneuver more easily within the body after plasma treatment.  We’ve had many calls recently from the medical community; both medical device and pharma manufacturers seeking to modify their plastic components in their quest to deliver better patient outcomes. And it is truly amazing how simply altering the surface properties of components via vacuum plasma can enhance medical and scientific applications. Surgical catheters, for instance, can slide and maneuver more easily within the body after plasma treatment. And the timed-release of drugs via PEEK and PVC tubes can be achieved more easily after plasma.

This week on Tech Talk we wanted to help you evaluate if plasma treatment is the right choice for your medical application.

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Q&A What are some of the Benefits of Plasma Cleaning?

October 7, 2014

After plasma cleaning, semiconductor wafers are inspected before moving to the next production phase.This is a topic that we cover frequently in Tech Talk, yet it is also an area that remains a mystery to many manufacturers. As a quick review, plasma primes surfaces by removing all traces of contamination so that they better accept secondary production processes. By adding plasma cleaning to your manufacturing process, you can realize significant improvements in the adhesion of paints, coatings and printing applications.

Look to Plasma Cleaning to:

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Tips to Bond Silicone Rubber to Aluminum

September 23, 2014

Plasma cleaning of metal parts dramatically increases the success of overmolding.We’ve had a few questions lately about the best method of bonding rubber to aluminum before overmolding. It seems this bonding combination poses a tough challenge. And in many cases, we’re finding that companies want to achieve better bond strength without using harsh solvents. So how can you achieve one without the use of the other? Plasma cleaning is the answer.

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