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Plasma coating system for automotive glazing parts is 30 times faster

Sabic Innovative Plastics : 16 October, 2012  (New Product)
Sabic Innovative Plastics and Ulvac, whch specialises in mass-production vacuum technologies has announced the Ulglaze system for high-volume production of plasma-coated polycarbonate (PC) components, primarily for automotive glazing applications.
Plasma coating system for automotive glazing parts is 30 times faster

The Ulglaze machine is manufactured at Ulvac’s facility in Chiagasaki, Japan and was developed as part of a two-year collaboration between the two companies. Optimised for impact-resistant Lexan resins and highly weatherable, abrasion resistant Exatec plasma coatings, it enables automotive OEMs to mass-produce lightweight, durable and aerodynamic glazing components, such as rear quarter and side windows, backlight windows, rear spoilers and sunroofs. In addition to automotive glazing, the Ulglaze system is a candidate for use in consumer electronics display applications (touchscreens, monitors) and electrical components, semiconductors and solar cells.

This new high-volume production capability is based on the Ulgaze coating equipment, which features a high deposition rate withiin a low temperature, continuous process having the ability to coat parts of various sizes and shapes; the performance of impact-resistant Lexan resin; and the weatherability and abrasion resistance of Exatec plasma coatings.

"Ulvac studied Exatec plasma coating technology and found that it offers significant advantages in the processing time and performance it gave us,” said Hisaharu Obinata, chief executive officer, Ulvac. “We found that the Exatec plasma coating process is at least 30 times faster than other plasma coating technologies used for PC glazing. We then validated the process and plasma coating through the creation of the Ulglaze machine.”

"With the availability of this high-volume coating technology, PC glazing is now ready to play a much larger role in automotive design and make a greater contribution to improved fuel economy, reduced emissions and increased vehicle range,” said Amanda Roble, lead executive of Sabic’s automotive PC glazing unit.

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