Henniker Plasma, UK
Henniker Plasma are a leading global manufacturer of plasma surface treatment systems for cleaning, surface activation to improve adhesion, and functional nano-scale coatings.
Henniker plasma systems are used in a wide range of critical industrial manufacturing steps and also by leading academic researchers all over the world. Henniker are passionate about plasma® and offer the widest variety of plasma processes and techniques backed up by unrivalled facilities and the most knowledgeable and approachable staff in the industry.
Plasma Treatment Effects
How does plasma treatment work?
In short, a group of energetic, highly reactive species are produced within the system, these are then able to interact with any surface which they contact. By choosing the right configuration and processing parameters we can produce specific effects upon the surface.
Plasma Treatments can be categorized as Plasma Cleaning, Plasma Surface Activation, Plasma Deposition and Plasma Etching.
Focused plasma treatment solutions
Whether you are looking to improve print adhesion on a plastic bottle top in a manufacturing plant, or engage plasma treatment technology in a comprehensive materials research programme at a top academic institute, Henniker’s focused plasma treatment solutions and expertise will provide the solution you are looking for.
Henniker Range of Plasma Products
Henniker's plasma treatment systems and processes are trusted by many leading organizations where they play a critical role in production and research. They offer a wide range of products from low-cost laboratory plasma cleaners to custom plasma treatment systems for academia and industry.
HPT - Low Pressure Plasma Treatment
The Henniker Plasma 'HPT' range of low pressure plasma treatment systems are microprocessor controlled benchtop devices that are ideal for routine laboratory, R&D and light industrial tasks. Due to their ease of use and reliability, they are the instrument of choice for many of the world's leading companies and institutes, where they are used clean surfaces and activate materials in order to increase wettability and improve adhesion.
Each device includes an integrated pressure gauge and precision gas flow controller as well as a suitable vacuum pump, everything needed for operation. Simple recipes are stored via the intuitive touch screen control and are executed with a single button press and, because we do not use analogue timers or unreliable needle valves, process repeatability is guaranteed each and every time.
Henniker Plasma's HPT plasma systems are perfect for surface cleaning, surface preparation and surface modification of a wide range of materials including metals, glass, polymers, ceramics, plastics and composites. Key applications include composites joining development, microfluidics PDMS bonding, microscope sample cleaning, optics cleaning, metals cleaning, biomedical applications, polymer science and medical device manufacture.
HPT-100: 100mm diameter cylindrical chamber (2 L volume)
HPT-200: 150mm diameter cylindrical chamber (5 L volume)
HPT-300: 200mm x 200mm rectangular chamber (12.5 L volume), multiple parts trays
HPT-500: 240mm x 240mm rectangular chamber (23 L volume), multiple parts trays
Nebula - Low Pressure Plasma Treatment
The Henniker Plasma 'NEBULA' range of low pressure plasma treatment systems are standalone systems with large capacity chambers for treating larger format parts, or more parts in a single batch. They are suited to both regular industrial usage and also for development of new processes and surface chemistry. NEBULA plasma treatment systems have a large HMI interface and are controlled via an industrial PLC system. They allow user level access ranging from simple operator, able to execute programs only, to full administrator, able to create users, edit and test new recipes. Due to their flexibility and robustness, they are chosen where reliability and flexibility are paramount.
Each NEBULA system can be configured with a variety of options including horizontal and vertical sample loading and also a rotary drum for treating many small parts or even powders. The user can specify up to three gas inlets as well as a precise monomer dosing inlet for plasma polymerisation work. In this way, simple cleaning and activation tasks can be extended to produce permanent polymeric coatings on many surfaces.
Henniker Plasma's NEBULA range of low pressure plasma treatment systems are perfect for cleaning, activation, and deposition onto a wide range of materials. Key applications include surface preparation to improve bond adhesion and plasma polymerisation to produce hydrophilic or hydrophobic coatings.
NEBULA-30: 30 litre plasma processing chamber (300x300mm x 375mm D)
NEBULA-50: 50 litre plasma processing chamber (300x300mm x 600mm D)
NEBULA-100: 100 litre plasma processing chamber (400x400mm x 600mm D)
NEBULA-150: 150 litre plasma processing chamber (400x600mm x 600mm D)
Atmospheric Plasma Treatment
The Cirrus atmospheric plasma device localized improvement of the adhesion characteristics of a wide range of materials.
It is a compact standalone instrument which delivers a continuous plume (8-10mm wide) of low temperature plasma to the surface and can easily be integrated with assembly/production lines with or without robot handling. The Cirrus operates with compressed air and doesn’t require any special gases or other services. A rear panel sub-D connector allows start/stop triggering of the plasma via an external signal supplied by the line.
The Nimbus atmospheric plasma device is the dual nozzle version of the Cirrus atmospheric plasma device. Plasma zones can be applied to different areas or overlapped to cover wider areas.
Atmospheric plasma systems for cleaning and activation of Polymers, metal, ceramics, glass and composites.
Microscopy Plasma Cleaners
Henniker's plasma cleaners for microscopy applications are low-cost benchtop systems designed specifically for fast and efficient cleaning of TEM sample holders as well as SEM stubs.
The TEM plasma cleaner is fully automated and comes with standard adapters which are suitable for the sample holders supplied from all the major microscope manufacturers.
The plasma output power is fully variable over the range 0-100W, resulting in a very controllable & gentle cleaning process.
The TEM plasma cleaner is an application specific solution for low-pressure plasma cleaning and preparation of electron microscopy samples, including:
Low power operation
Front feed of TEM sample holder
Multiple TEM grids and SEM stub cleaning
Re-entrant style sample holder introduction
Dual gas inlets for O2/Ar and other gases