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Automation for Surface Treating
Midwest Engineered Systems Inc. Posted 03/11/2014
Surface treatment is used to clean, etch, and functionalize surfaces to improve adhesion to a wide variety of plastic and metal surfaces.
Midwest Engineering Systems partners with a local company for automated surface treating projects including: robotics for precise control of treatment patterns, material handling automation, and the design and construction of complete rooms for the automated surface treatment process. Surface treatment technologies include: air plasma, variable chemistry plasma, and flame plasma.
Surface treating parts prior to printing enhances ink adhesion. Surface treatment can be used to improve print quality and production speed. In some cases printing would not be possible without pretreatment.
Injection molded or thermoformed parts are often treated prior to painting. Surface treatment allows the paint to adhere to and increase the life and durability of the paint of the object’s surface.
Products are coated to protect their surface from harsh environments or as decoration. Doors, frames, and extrusions/profiles are often coated. The medical industry uses surface treating to improve adhesion of antimicrobial/antibiotic coatings.
Bonding is primarily used to increase the strength of an adhesive. The medical and automotive industries rely on surface treating to remove contaminants such as dust, grease, oils, or mold to improve bonding. Typical cleaning solvents such as methyl ethyl ketone, trichloroethylene, toluene, or acetone may be used for this purpose, but cleaning agents that leave a film residue upon evaporation will retard bonding.
Surface treating caps, bottles and lids ensure that labels will not peel off before destruction of the label occurs. Air, flame, and chemical plasma treatment of materials like high-molecular weight/high-density polyethylene (HMW/HDPE) can effectively improve adhesion of labels.
Surface Treatment Automation
Just like most automation systems, the use of robotics and automation in the realm of surface treating has benefits such as increasing productivity, flexibility, and efficiency while reducing production costs. In most cases, automating the material handling aspect of the surface treating processes is necessary in order to achieve throughput goals. This is especially true in large volume manufacturing situations.
High performing robotic surface treating can be semi or fully automated and custom built for your treatment requirements. Midwest Engineering Systems uses state-of-the-art software, robotic programming tools, and sensors to ensure you receive the latest technology and equipment. Contact Midwest Engineering Systems for more information.
Read Our Robotic Surface Treating Article in Automation Today: http://www.automationworld.com/automated-surface-treatment-options