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Worldwide only coating technology that can apply micro- and nanolayers on almost every surface for automotive, electronics applications and many more

An Austrian SME developed a unique atmospheric pressure plasma coating technology for easy and fast development of completely new compact coatings. All sizes, shapes and kinds of material (even paper, plastics, textiles..) can be coated with e.g. conductive, anticorrosive, biocidal, adhesion/non adhesion etc. layers. The plug-and-play solution saves costs and time. R&D departments of companies and research institutes are sought for commercial, technical and/or research cooperations.

Partnership(s) sought
  • Commercial agreement with technical assistance Technical cooperation agreement Research cooperation agreement
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For many industrial applications materials have to be coated with layers of other materials to achieve required properties (e.g. anticorrosive or conductive layers). PVD or CVD systems (physical or chemical vapour deposition) for coating with nanolayers require expensive vacuum chambers. Only small substrates can be coated at very low velocity. For coating with microlayers in galvanic baths a lot of space is needed and environmentally harmful solvents are used, which have to be disposed of at high costs.

The Austrian company succeeded in developing a new plasma coating technology to overcome all above mentioned disadvantages. It makes it possible to achieve at atmospheric pressure (without vacuum) extremely dense and compact coatings without harmful solvents and at unprecedented speed. Substrates with all sizes can be coated. The coatings are still extremely adhesive even with a thickness of a few µm or a few nm.
The core of the technology is the targeted feeding of powder or precursor into the plasma jet, which is up to several 10,000 °C hot. Very high coating quality is achieved by the low heat input into the substrate through the focused plasma jet and by the usage of the coating material as a special powder or as precursor vapour.
Compared to other atmospheric pressure (plasma) coating processes this innovative technology enables material combinations that did not exist before. In particular high-melting powders or glass-like coatings can be applied to sensitive surfaces (paper, wood, plastics, films, etc.) without the substrates being thermally damaged.

The components of the novel plasma coating system are shown in the attached picture.
The technology is a "plug and play" solution especially designed to promote fast and reliable development processes. Through modular design, open interfaces and customisation options it can be adapted to all feasible coatings. In the coating chamber substrates can be moved in two-dimensional ways (even roll-to-roll processing is possible) and in three-dimensional way. The substrate handling is available in various designs too. The options range from manual loading to complete integration into a production line.

Some technical details:
- microlayers in the range of 10 - 500 µm possible
- nanolayers in the range of 10 - 300 nm possible
- substrate materials: steel, aluminium, various plastics, glass, paper, textiles, etc.
- usual coating materials: powders of copper, tin and zinc and silicon-based precursors
- process gas: argon (direct current plasma)

With the novel plasma coating process conductive, anticorrosive, biocidal, tribological layers as well as layers in nano meter range featuring adhesion improvements, non adhesive properties and barrier properties etc. are possible. The application areas reach from automotive, electronics and ICT to biotechnology, chemical applications and many more. Some examples:
- printed circuit board tracks of e.g. copper on various materials for electronic components
- LED wallpapers/films, panel lights, 3D LED lamps
- adhesion promotion layers on glass, plastics etc. for printing, inking and gluing applications
- antibacterial or water-repellent swabs

The Austrian company is looking for R&D departments of companies as well as research institutes in the above mentioned fields to buy the novel technology for their (product) developments. It offers technical assistance for installation and operation (commercial agreement with technical assistance), adaptations to specific requirements (technical cooperation) and conjoint development of new coating applications via R&D projects (research cooperation).

Socio buscado:

- Specific area of activity of the partner: Specific area of activity of the partner:

- researcher, developer and/or manufacturer of coatings and surface treatments for applications in automotive, electronics, ICT, biotechnology, chemical industry and many more
- active in the area of conductive, anticorrosive, biocidal, tribological, hydrophobic, hydrophilic layers as well as layers for adhesion improvements, non adhesive properties, barrier properties etc.
- interested in developing new surface properties for their products or new products

The technology is especially suited for R&D departments of companies as well as research institutes.

Task to be performed by the partner:

- Commercial agreement with technical assistance: partners willing to buy the novel system for their product development or research activities; the Austrian company provides training, technical support and know how for specific application cases to the partner;

- Technical cooperation agreement: the technology can be customized according to the specific requirements of potential partners;

- Research cooperation agreement: the Austrian company is open to engage in the development of new coating applications together with potential partners in the framework of funded European research programmes;

Advantages & innovations:

The novel technology is the worldwide only equipment that can apply micro- and nanolayers on almost every surface. As a result numerous new material configurations for new or optimized applications are made possible in one machine.

It is especially designed for applications in research and development and features:
- easy and fast development of completely new coatings (high flexibility in the combination of different substrates with different coating materials)
- deposition of high melting powders or precursors on temperature sensitive substrates like paper, wood, textiles or any kind of plastic is made possible
- easy and fast switching from micro- to nanolayers and vice versa
- applicable for almost every size and shape of substrates
- substrate carrier systems for linear, 2D and 3D handling available
- "plug and play" solution: easy handling via console terminal and software for operation; easy programming of movement patterns; open interfaces ensure data imports/exports and documentation

Further advantages are:
- no vacuum installation needed => highly flexible and easy inline integration
- approx. 60% savings in operating costs compared to other atmospheric pressure (plasma) coating processes (when applying the same powder material)
- essential savings in operating time, costs and space compared to PVD, CVD and galvanic baths
- environmentally friendly process (no harmful chemicals used)
- each coating machine is CE certified
- the company is innovation award winner and has extensive experience with regulations and standards in mechanical engineering in various industrial sectors

Development Stage:

Already on the market - various equipments have already been sold worldwide

IPR:

Secret Know-how,Patent(s) applied for but not yet granted - patent applied for in Austria; European patent application planned

Clasificado como: Manufactura Industrial Otras Tecnologías Industriales Medición, Pruebas y Normas Industria

» Reference: TOAT20180314001

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This project has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° [310187].