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Creating Value with Plasma Coatings

Discovering opportunities with existing and new customers is exciting for everyone. It generally starts with a problematic area to improve. A good example is maintenance and downtime associated with cleaning roller surfaces. When debris or buildup is present on critical roller surfaces, loss of traction and web defects can be a major pain point. It can be costly as well. There are multiple angles to address these challenges, but improvement with the roller surface in direct contact with the finished product often brings the highest value.

Single and Dual Layer Plasma Coating systems can be applied to previously coated, bare steel, aluminum, or carbon fiber rollers or parts. These engineered surfaces can breathe new life into your asset and in most cases, can provide added benefits, including extended wear, traction, and release. Newer systems offer extended chemical resistance for the harshest environments, while others are electrically conductive, helping reduce increased static. Depending on the application, the surface finishes available can range from 30 to 1000RA (Roughness Average). With added polymer technology (Dual Layer System) a rather rough finish can provide aggressive traction but not damage or pick the most delicate web substrates. Another advantage of Thermal Coatings is their hardness. Most range from 58-72 Rockwell C, ensuring the coating will reliably perform for many years to come.

If you have a web handling issue and haven’t considered Plasma Coating options, you might want to inquire about the latest technology. New systems have been developed along with next generation systems just on the horizon!

William Bradley, VP Business Development – American Roller

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