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Plastics Machinery Magazine  February 2016

Product Innovations

PLASMADYNE  3DT  LLC has updated its PlasmaDyne atmosphereic plasma surface treating system, which is used on injection molded, blow molded and extruded parts. It uses thermal atmospheric plasma, which is a highly ionized air stream, to microclean surfaces and to create improved molecular properties for bonding and printinplasmadyne-industrial-double-rotating-head-img_3575g. Atmospheric plasma treating alters the surface energy of the plastic, resulting in powerful bonding with adhesioives, coatings, flocking, paint and ink, without the need for toxic solvents. It is available with one or two heads; more heads are available as a custom option.

WHAT’S NEW?  Numerous upgrades, including an updated controller and output power stage that allow independent control of multiple plasma treatment heads. A liquid-crystal display provides system feedback, local, or remote control, expanded input/output capabilities and a programmable timer. The single unit is light making it easy to move and integrate into production lines.

BENEFITS  Safe, economical and effective surface treatment and the flexibility to change from one application to the next.

Plastics Decorating  May 2016

3DT LLC of Germantown, Wisconsin has updated its MultiDyne corona treating heads from a molded head to an assembled one. This change assures a sturdier platform for consistent surface treatment. Additionally, should a component fail over time, it can easily and inexpensively be replaced; a cost-saving benefit to customers.

MultiDyne improves adhesion on 3-D parts effectively and inexpensively treating numerous substrates and a wide variety of applications with minimal set up. MultiDyne’s corona treatment is gentle yet powerful, causing improved bonding of paint, ink, adhesive and coating. It is designed for the surface treatment of injection, blow molded and extruded parts, especially those with complex shapes.

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3DT: Trailblazing Surface Treatment Company Celebrates 25 Years

FTA  August 2016

Germantown, WI   3DT LLC, true pioneers in plasma and corona treatment, celebrates their 25th Anniversary August 1.  In 1991 electrical surface treatment was an emerging technology in the United States. Two young Danish businessmen, Morten Jorgensen and Erik Kiel, brought corona and plasma technology from Denmark where it was invented by engineer, Verner Eisby in the 1950s and later adapted to the treatment of 3D parts by Bent Sorensen in the 1970s.  FSE02_MSET

In the 1990s most automotive, medical and packaging manufacturers were using chemical primer baths, physical abrasion and flame treatment to increase the surface tension and bonding on 3D parts. The drawbacks of these methods were huge, including being environmentally and health hazardous and costly. As a result, the new, safe, quick and less labor-intensive corona treatment took off, particularly with 3DT’s reliable and highly effective equipment.

Today, 3DT produces a complete line of surface treatment systems developed to manage adhesion problems on nearly all substrates and configuration of parts. 3DT covers the spectrum in surface treatment solutions from microcleaning Petri dishes for cell growth to improving the adhesion of flocking on rubber profiles. Their systems range from compact tabletop units to mammoth 10 treating head systems. 3DT’s worldwide success for 25 years lies in their innovative technology, robust design, reliable results and exceptional customer service provided with every standard and custom system.

Completing their line of solutions, 3DT represents two German companies for North America: SOFTAL and AFS. Both firms are powerhouses in the film manufacturing and converting industries.  Whether an application is 10 inches or 10 meters, there is a surface treatment solution at 3DT.  Currently, 3DT is experiencing favorable growth in this area of the market due to high quality German engineering and 3DT’s local, expert sales and service.

At their 16,000 square foot facility in Germantown, Wisconsin, Erik Kiel, owner, looks forward to the next decade where 3DT “will be launching new, exciting technology.” He attributes 3DT’s longevity to the company’s ability to be flexible, adjusting to consumer and market trends, a team approach between all employees, and a strong customer focus. Kiel concluded by stating, “We appreciate the loyal customers and employees who have helped us achieve this important milestone.”

AFS Modular GeneratorsMinimizing Downtime

AFS experts discuss the advantages of modular generators for corona and plasma treatment stations

Corona stations are available in all sizes depending on the application- from 10 inch narrow web lines to wide coating machines and BOPP/BOPET lines of up to 10 meters. Usually, the high frequency high voltage that is needed to power the corona process is provided by generators that have to be upsized with increasing performance requirements.

However, their maximum performance is limited due to the maximum available size of the electrical components in the power inverters. With the maximum performance available on the market – 60kW per generator – and therefore per electrode bar, the limits of the technical possibilities are reached. Not only on extremely wide lines but also at high speed applications or for materials with high demands in terms of corona dosage.

Scaling for pretreatment by means of additional electrodes and a single generator quickly becomes expensive due to larger or additional rollers. A further disadvantage of these large single generators is that a technical defect at a critical part of the inverter can bring an entire web to a standstill.

Overcoming limitations

AFS, from Horgau, Germany, now offers a modular generator design as a solid solution to both problems. AFS’ modular generator overcomes the performance limitations of a single generator and, at the same time, minimizes failure rate.

These generators boast several parallel power inverters, which increase the maximum performance of a single generator to 144kW – more than twice as much as conventional products on the market.

Consequently, modular generators are capable of setting new performance records and are perfectly suited for the power needed for processes with controlled gas, such as plasma treatment systems.

If a module fails, the generator will still operate but with a reduction in power until the module is replaced by a new one – simply “plug and play.” Single modules are identical and thus interchangeable. Clearly, modular generators reduce production line downtime and costly trips by onsite service specialists.

During the development of their modular generator technology, the experts at AFS included the most sophisticated components available, such as a larger TFT color touch screens which employ an intuitive user-interface on the generator similar to the graphics and functions of smartphones and tablets. Operational settings can now be adjusted through the proven rotary knob as well as by means of a touch screen. Additionally, system parameters can be easily adjusted through a password protected area for specific applications.

For more information about the AFS modular generator and their full line of corona and plasma treating systems contact 3DT LLC, North America’s representative for AFS, at Sales@3DTLLC.com or visit their website at www.3DTLLC.com.

img_48683DT’s TubeDyne Creates Powerful Adhesion on Medical Tubing

Medical Design Briefs December 2015

Germantown, WI – Advances in minimally invasive surgery get a boost from 3DT’s surface treatment system, TubeDyne Treating System. This system is designed to treat medical tube ends for a permanent bond to surgical instruments, housings or other tubing such as catheters. TubeDyne harnesses atmospheric plasma which alters the surface energy on pebax and polyethylene tubing creating a strong bond with adhesives, coatings, and ink. 3DT’s TubeDyne uniformly and gently treats tubing within its self-contained, compact, tabletop unit.

TubeDyne is designed for the outside treatment of tube ends. Any tubing up to 0.375″ in diameter, with or without metal inserts, can be placed in the holding fixture and receive uniform treatment at a length of approximately 2.00″. The unit includes an integrated generator, transformer, electrode assembly, holding fixture and ozone filter. TubeDyne is PLC-controlled and features an operator console with a human machine interface (HMI), including: a programmable, monochrome touch screen with status menu, run time log, service hour log and alarm/trouble-shooting screen. It is operator safe, friendly, and ergonomically designed. TubeDyne offers consistent, uniform, 360 degree treatment resulting in powerful bonding.

3DT LLC, is a leader in plasma and corona treating, offering a broad line of standard systems as well as custom systems. With 25 years of experience, 3DT provides solutions to adhesion problems with systems capable of treating virtually any 3-dimensional or 2-dimensional surface, regardless of shape, with superior adhesion results. For more information contact sales@3DTLLC.com or visit the website at www.3DTLLC.com.

Plasma System for Improving the Adhesion of Glue to Cardboard

ThomasNet  January 20, 2017

3DT LLC, surface treatment specialists of Germantown, Wisconsin, has unveiled their latest atmospheric plasma treating system designed especially for the treatment of glue lines on cartons.

This super-sized PlasmaDyne system is designed to accommodate the components of four plasma treating heads. Atmospheric plasma (a highly-ionized air stream) re-structures the chemical properties of many surfaces creating conditions for a secure bonding of glue lines to cardboard cartons. PlasmaDyne technology is gentle enough for paper.

The PlasmaDyne system easily integrates into folding production lines and includes precise, adjustable handling brackets. Each treating head is programmed to operate independently providing flexibility for numerous carton applications. PlasmaDyne is available with 1 – 4 heads, depending on the number of glue lines required.

This model is just one of several plasma systems from 3DT designed to deliver highly effective surface treatment for both conductive and non-conductive applications. PlasmaDyne meets numerous surface treatment needs such as improving the adhesion of coatings, laminates, paint, ink, glue, and the cleaning of many types of  substrates. For more information, visit www.3DTLLC.com.