Adtec PlasmaTact produces super hydrophilic surface on CSP glass at 30m/min

Adtec's new 50W PlasmaTact is capable of generating super hydrophilic surfaces on Concentrating Solar Power glass at speeds of 30 metres per minute, or half a metre per second, in just one pass of the material's surface.

A super hydrophilic surface is defined as one with a water contact angle of less than 5 degrees, and is a significant result for high-precision plasma torch processing.

In the context of CSP, producing a super hydrophilic surface means we could greatly reduce the water required for cleaning. Beyond this, creating such surfaces can greatly enhance our ability to bond materials.

The video below shows the 50W PlasmaTact, the latest development in Adtec's patented microwave induced argon plasma, processing the surface of the glass at 30m/minute. The image shows the resulting areas of super hydrophilicity - the water sticks preferentially to the treated regions.

 


Adtec launches 50W Cold Atmospheric Plasma Torch

Adtec first started to investigate cold atmospheric plasma back in 2005, as part of an anti-bacterial study in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute in Germany.

From here, we developed our patented coaxial microwave plasma technology, which remains at the core of our cold plasma products to this day.

As well as medical applications, Adtec developed PlasmaTact - a 15W torch for surface treatments and anti-bacterial applications.

We are now proud to announce the new, higher power 50W PlasmaTact. The increased power means that not only can we perform the same surface treatment tasks at higher speed, but a greater breadth of surface engineering applications become a possibility - keep an eye out for news on our upcoming work exploring etching and deposition at atmospheric pressure!

 


Adtec expands manufacturing facility in Vietnam

With the semiconductor industry booming, Adtec has invested 20 million USD in expanding our manufacturing facility in Vietnam.

Despite COVID restrictions greatly reducing the output of the Adtec manufacturing plan in Vietnam for large periods of time, the factory is now operating at almost full capacity, and subsequently large investments are being made to ensure Adtec keeps pace with the rapidly growing requirements for semiconductors.

Building 2 will add a further 15,950 square metres of factory space to the site. A 6,675 square metre car park is also included in the development plans.

Starting in September, the factory is scheduled to be ready and operational by July 2023