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.
Atmospheric Plasma Surface Preparation
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.