Atmospheric Plasma Solutions

Atmospheric Plasma Coating Removal (APCR) is a media and chemical free process that can improve cycle time, lower cost, reduce injuries and increase environmental safety. In use cases applicable to all service branches, APCR has demonstrated effectiveness while significantly reducing costs in labor, waste disposal, and personnel safety.

The APCR process converts a significant portion of the removed organic coating into water vapor and carbon dioxide, leaving a small volume of solids that can be safely collected with a HEPA vacuum. The existing profile of the substrate is revealed, not changed. Independent laboratory testing coordinated by NAVSEA 05 documented APCR doesn’t cause changes to the substrate metallurgy.

The TRL-8, field-deployable, easily portable APCR PlasmaBlast® system weighs less than 35 pounds, uses only compressed air flowing at <CFM @90psi and runs on 2.5kW of power from a 208-240 VAC single phase power outlet or 440-480 3 phase electrical source. The plasma power supply and plasma applicator pen are connected by an air/power cable 20 feet in length, allowing the handheld plasma pen to be used (manually or robotically) to remove coatings in confined or open spaces. The system deploys in minutes, is simple to operate and training time is short.

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Atmospheric Plasma Surface Preparation

TECHNOLOGY DESCRIPTION

Atmospheric Plasma Coating Removal is a breakthrough de‐painting technology that uses no media, requires no containment, and does no damage to the substrate. Using only air and electricity, the system converts organic components of most paints, sealants, and protective coatings into carbon dioxide and water vapor. Inorganic constituents of the coatings, such as pigments, are recovered as a dust.

PROBLEM STATEMENT

Aviation MRO presents a variety of challenges: heavy lifting, stressful gripping and long hours standing and kneeling. These requirements can cause extreme stress and fatigue, resulting in poor performance, safety issues and risk of injury.

TECHNOLOGY SOLUTION

In large-scale construction and manufacturing industries such as shipbuilding and naval maintenance, coating removal is an essential but time-consuming process required for constructing and maintaining vessels and other structures. Although some new technologies have emerged in recent decades, the pre-World War II technologies of abrasive blasting, grinding, and needle-gunning remain the dominant coating removal methods employed today. Grinders, needle guns, or hand tools (such as wire brushes and chisels) are often required for small-scale removal, and each comes with their own drawbacks such as hazards to operator health, slow removal rate, and damage to substrates. In the naval engineering industry, there is a significant need for a tool that will accelerate small-scale coating removal operations without negatively impacting the health of the operator or the underlying substrate.

BENEFITS

Removes coatings, cleans surfaces, promotes adhesion
Requires only compressed air and electricity to operate
Media and chemical free
Safer for the artisan, environmentally friendly, requires minimal containment and clean up
Significant job cost reductions
Fast to train, simple to operate, low maintenance requirements
Lightweight, portable, hatchable

Glenn Astolfi
gastolfi@apsplasma.com
919-219-5047