Permanent Surface Activation for Plastics

Most thermoplastic materials are inherently low in surface energy, which makes it difficult to bond, paint or decorate.

Our proprietary process permanently increases the surface energy of polymeric materials. It does not subject the parts to thermal or other energetic processes, which can disrupt the haptics of the part. The gas phase process ensures 360° coverage of the parts, evenly activating every exposed surface. Treated parts can be stored for extended periods and remain activated, unlike flame, plasma or corona treatments. While treated materials are transformed at the surface, the bulk properties remain the same - thus the overall part integrity is maintained.

This technology can be applied to all plastics and elastomers of any form and shape to enhance performance. Treated plastic surfaces can then be easily bonded or decorated with water-based systems. Materials can be imparted with highly wettable surface properties for various applications including wound care, filtration, and personal hygiene.

Inhance Technologies solutions are applicable in numerous markets to improve product performance and enable green chemistries. By only imparting properties where they matter the most, it can also result in significant cost savings.

Permanently increase surface energy

SURFACE ENERGY IN DYNE/CM

MATERIAL

BEFORE TREATMENT

AFTER TREATMENT

LDPE

32

54

HDPE

37

54

PET

32

72

PP

29

66

EPDM

40

72

PBT

30

58

PC

32

56

PPS

32

60

Polysiloxane

32

54

Industries and Applications

If you do good things in plastic, we make good better.

Our high-performing technologies improve materials for a wide range of markets and applications.

  • Fuel Systems
    We deliver high performance, safety and compliance for fuel systems.
  • Healthcare
    Our solutions improve the performance and reliability of essential medical products, ensuring peace of mind.
  • Industrial Products
    Industrial markets rely on us to provide quality, consistency, productivity and value.
  • Consumer Goods
    From eco-friendly packaging to enabling green chemistries, our solutions improve your customers’ experience and brand awareness.
  • Transportation
    Our solutions take you–and the world–further.

Benefits

We offer the world more responsible and sustainable choices, for good. Forever.

See how our innovative technologies and solutions are driving global change and reducing environmental impact.