NimbusDual nozzle atmospheric plasma treatment system
The Nimbus produces dual 10-12mm diameter jet of reactive plasma species which are highly efficient at removing hydrocarbon surface contamination and rendering a surface hydrophilic and suitable for subsequent processing, e.g. bonding, printing etc. It is ideally suited to surface activation, cleaning and modification of a wide range of materials including polymers, metals, glass and ceramics.
The Nimbus operates from a standard single-phase electrical outlet and require only compressed air for operation. Plasma parameters and gas delivery are continuously monitored and controlled to deliver the same result irrespective of changes in gas delivery characteristics. The unit features a number of electrical and compressed air safety interlocks that ensure long term, trouble-free operation.
The compact control unit can be operated manually or interfaced with existing control equipment. Plasma start and stop signals are supplied via a rear panel Sub-D connector. All important parameters are available on the same connector for read-back and monitoring.
Atmospheric plasma applicators
The Nimbus has dual plasma heads operating from the same single controller and doesn’t require any additional bulky transformers. This can be useful for treating multiple areas, larger areas or in place of multiple line passes. Henniker’s proprietary, high stability plasma power generator allows for high line speeds when operated as part of a continuous processing facility.
The functionality of the Cirrus and Nimbus has been extended by the introduction of three new application-specific nozzle attachments. These are user-replaceable and can be supplied with a new system order or for retro-fitting to an existing system. The ‘Mode’ nozzle is standard and suits 95% of all plasma pre-treatment applications, the ‘Finite’ nozzle is best suited to confined areas or where a longer reach is needed, for example when treating channels or spaces between components, and the ‘Scope’ nozzle produces a ‘curtain plume’ suitable for wider treatment areas and where multiple passes are not practical.
Atmospheric plasma advantages
Atmospheric plasma systems address a range of specific treatments & material treatments including; plasma cleaning, plasma surface activation to improve adhesion, PEEK & other engineering polymers, PCBs, metals, ceramics and glass.
- Compact benchtop or rack-mount unit
- User-friendly soft-key interface
- I/O subsystem for line integration
- Integrated gas monitoring & control
- Precise & repeatable
- Treatment of polymers, glass, ceramics, metals
- Fast, localised atmospheric plasma pre-treatment of parts prior to bonding
- Ultra-fine atmospheric plasma cleaning
- Surface activation with atmospheric plasma
- Highest quality treatments
- Localised treatments
- Very low operation cost & easy integration with automated lines
The atmospheric systems can be supplied integrated with a 3-axis robot with up to 500mm by 500mm working area and 150mm of Z-axis movement. Includes stop/start box and teach pendant. manuals on CD, mains lead, I/O cable between robot and plasma unit. The robot is available in either desktop or cart-mounted versions with optional guard frame and safety light curtain interlock.
- 200mm to 500mm XY travel options
- 255 stored programs
- Up to 30,000 data points
- 16 I/O channels
- Safety light curtain protection
- Bench or cart-mounted