Openair-Plasma® as Adhesion Promotor on Metal Surfaces for UV-Curing Coatings and Inks

Tuesday, 13.12.2022 - Wednesday, 14.12.2022
60 min

The issue of sustainability and reduction of VOC and CO2 emissions are becoming more and more important in the intensive energy consuming metal industry. An impressing example here, is the can industry. A collaborative project between coatings manufacturer ACTEGA, can maker Brasilata and surface treatment specialist Plasmatreat has opened up new potentials:

Before introducing the patented system as well as the opportunities it has created, this PlasmaTalk begins with a presentation from leading can maker Brasilata. Augusto França, Head of Research for new technologies at Brasilata, explains the need of a protected layer on metal in can manufacturing. Then, Bas Buser, Global Market Segment Manager Printing Applications at Plasmatreat, continues with an introduction to surface treatment with Openair-Plasma®. He will introduce how plasma technology creates a micro-free, clean metal surface. Afterwards, Antonio Galhardo, Chemist at ACTEGA, will present the challenges of developing a dedicated paint suiting these special requirements and show the advantages and disadvantages of the different painting technologies.

This collaboration has a serious impact on producing a sustainable can that is fully coated and printed with UV solutions. The conversion from traditional production processes to UV-based curing systems ensures to eliminate conventional, energy-hungry thermal systems.

After attending this PlasmaTalk you will know more about:

  • Reasons of the need for a protective coating on metal
  • The advantages and disadvantages of conventional solvent-based coatings versus UV systems
  • The creation of a microfine, clean metal surface that enables uncomplicated wetting and adhesion of UV coatings
  • The changes in the can industry due to the use of UV curing technology in combination with plasma technology

This free PlasmaTalk is aimed at research, development, and quality control personnel as well as design engineers, process engineers and operators of production equipment in industrial processes.

This no-charge PlasmaTalk is aimed at research, development and quality control personnel as well as designers, process engineers and operators of production equipment in industrial processes.
The PlasmaTalk will last approximately 60-70 minutes plus a question-and-answer session. If you have a specific question, please send it in advance to so that we can incorporate it into the program.

Please note that due to our international audience, we provide the time slot in UTC (Coordinated Universal Time).
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Bas Buser

Global Market Segment Manager Printing Applications

Before Bas joined Plasmatreat, he worked as a process improvement engineer in the packaging, non-woven and woodworking industry at several multinational companies. This has given Bas an extensive insight and a vast international contact network within the printing industry which covers all disciplines in a printing process. At Plasmatreat Bas gave many years his contribution to plasma-enhanced printing processes and their promotion in the industry. He now acts as a consultant to support Plasmatreat in this industry.

Augusto França

Augusto França, with over 30 years of experience in the metal packaging industry, is the Head of Research for new technologies at Brasilata Embalagens Metálicas. Self-taught, he started his work very early in the paper industry and was responsible for the implementation of new technologies and digital processes in important printing industries in Brazil. Knowledge and technology that he now applies to metal decoration. In 2010 he started studying inkjet technology and how to apply it to the metal decoration industry. Today he is one of those responsible for implementing the “Loja da Lata” project, Brasilata’s decorative cans customization unit.

Antonio Galhardo

Antonio Galhardo is a chemist and has been working for more than 40 years with can coatings 2 and 3 pieces (R&D, technical assistance and manufacture processes) in Brazil, South America and Asia. He has experience in multinational companies and now he works at ACTEGA do Brasil, in R&D, technical assistance, manufacture processes, new applications and new products for can coatings.