Plasma and Corona Treatment in the Automotive Industry

Working with plastic materials such as PE, PP, PS and EPDM, you have already experienced the challenges low surface energy present to you. It is impossible to achieve durable high quality results in bonding, coating, printing and varnishing processes.These processes depend on high surface energy and to reach this, surface treatment is necessary. Plasma and Corona treatment changes the chemical structure in the surface of plastic materials and rises the surface energy resulting in improved adhesion and wettability properties. Plasma and Corona Surface Treatment is a preferred and suitable solution in the automotive industry and we customize the machines to suit your product and production line.

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With Plasma and Corona Treatment, you have the ability to achieve:

  • Even and uniform treatment to all surfaces on Three Dimensional parts
  • Treatment of specific spots on Three Dimensional parts
  • Treatment of large parts
  • Surface cleaning on metal
  • Surface modification without affecting the bulk material.
  • Cost efficiency and long lasting durability of adhesion properties
  • Environmental friendly solutions that meets regulative requirements

Plasma and Corona Surface Treatment is applied for surface activation of:

  • Interior parts
  • Exterior parts
  • Powertrain parts
  • Profiles

Examples from the Automotive Industry

There are several examples from the automotive industry that showcase the benefits of corona and plasma treatment.

At Tantec, we have collaborated with a wide range of automakers to roll out our atmospheric plasma system.

This technology is widely used because it can be easily integrated into preexisting manufacturing lines and the robotic arms used to apply the treatment can be easily programmed to follow specified trajectories for pinpoint accuracy.

Secondly, EPDM profiles, used often in extrusion lines for automotive components like seals and gaskets, are another example of a material that benefits greatly from plasma treatment.

By treating the extrusion with plasma as it moves through the production line, manufacturers can achieve improved adhesion capabilities while maintaining high production speeds. This process also ensures thorough and uniform treatment of the material, promoting consistent bonding and sealing performance throughout the entire length of the extruded part.

Thirdly, vacuum plasma treatment is another popular solution for the automotive industry, especially for larger and more complex parts. By placing these components inside a vacuum chamber, they can be treated 360 degrees in a short period of time.

This ensures comprehensive surface treatment of the entire part and optimizes the plastics for adhesion. The approach not only saves time and resources but also provides complete process control, as parts can be tracked through the system to ensure full treatment.

Lastly, Tantec’s SpotTEC system uses corona treatment to target specific areas on parts for printing or gluing. This technology is highly versatile and can be integrated into inline processes or mounted onto XYZ gantry systems for precision treatment of parts with unique geometries.

Send your sample for a test free of charge in our testing facilities

At Tantec we are experienced in developing solutions to the automotive industry and our core competences is 3D treatment with even and uniform treatment with durable effect. We have our own in-house testing facilities and offer a free test of your part. Send a sample and explain your project to us. After testing, you will receive a documented report and we advise you in the best suitable treatment solution.


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Tantec A/S

Industrivej 6

6640 Lunderskov


United States of America

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Tantec EST Inc.

160 North Brandon Drive

Glendale Heights

IL 60139


Tantec Plasma and Corona Surface Treatment Systems applied in the Automotive Industry

VacuTEC – 3D treatment of small and large parts

It is used to promote adhesion before painting, lacquering, printing, electroplating or adhesive bonding or to clean surfaces and remove organic residues. VacuTEC Plasma treatment is a low temperature process ranging between 40-120°C.

PlasmaTEC-X – powerful partial-surface treatment

Atmospheric Plasma treatment provides an economical solution for the cleaning and activation of complex surfaces that can not be treated using regular corona treatment mechanisms.

ProfileTEC – a treating system for EPDM profiles

It treats multiple surfaces and difficult configurations. A customized ProfileTEC usually consists of 3-5 treating units (heads) and is capable of handling high line speeds (20-25 m per minute depending on the type of profile) and complex parts made of conductive and non-conductive rubber.

SpinTEC – Atmospheric Plasma treatment system

SpinTEC has an AC motor for spinning 2 PlasmaTEC-X nozzles pointing inwards for uniform treatment and to minimize heat impact.

VacuLINE – Standard and Customized Vacuum Plasma Treaters

The Tantec VacuLINE Plasma Treater is designed for the treatment of a variety of different injection molded parts.

SpotTEC – High frequency spot system |

Tantec SpotTEC is Corona Treatment machine used for treatment of profiles, treatment of cables and injection moulded parts.

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