ABOVE: The new high-tech lab facility in Denmark offers Corona and Plasma roll-to-roll testing of substrates to closely simulate commercial production.
To cater for this growth in demand and improve market appreciation of the latest technology, Vetaphone has invested its unmatched experience and know-how in a state-of-the-art Test Lab facility at its headquarters in Kolding, Denmark. To appreciate the importance of today’s launch, it is important to understand the basics of surface treatment. We have all experienced the problem of trying to get a liquid to adhere to a non-absorbent material – try writing on a plastic bag and rubbing it with your thumb!
Now enlarge that problem to an industrial scale that sees plastic film as the most widely used packaging medium in the world today and you can appreciate the importance of surface treatment. In simple terms, it is a modification of the surface layer of the substrate by applying an electrical discharge at close range. This changes the chemical make-up of the surface layer and allows the liquid ink or lacquer to adhere without smudging.
Today, with ever-increasing pressure on brand owners to be responsible for the effect their packaging has on the environment, the whole issue of surface treatment has necessarily become more complex. And, it’s with this in mind that Vetaphone took the decision to invest in this high-tech facility that will allow it to work closely with its customers on product development.
The Test Lab, which is located onsite in Kolding, offers printers, converters, laminators and extruders the opportunity to run tests under controlled laboratory conditions prior to committing to the expense of commercial production. The same facilities are available to ink, lacquer, and substrate manufacturers as well, each of which is under close market scrutiny to ensure that their new products meet or exceed the current international standards.
LEFT: Frank and brother Jan now run the company established by their father Verner, who invented Corona treatment in 1951.
Vetaphone expects that its Test Lab will attract visits from technical personnel whose skill and recommendation are key to ensuring successful commercial production. As such, it may be seen as a sales tool, but far more than that, it offers the company’s existing and potential customers the opportunity to engage in the science behind surface treatment and the benefits that come from a clear understanding of what it can offer. It might be a small part of the overall production process, but the part that surface treatment plays is crucial to commercial success.
Test Lab Technical Specifications:
Vetaphone Corona & Plasma Treaters
- For single-sided treatment
- Fitted with four ceramic electrodes
- Capable of treating conductive and non-conductive materials
- VP2 roller with a ceramic covering
- Maximum treatment width: 1,300 mm
- Power: up to 10 kW
- Plasma gas mixer flow rate: 1 x 20-1000 L/min
Elite Cameron CW600 Rewinder
- Capable of rewinding film, foam, fabrics, metallised foil, and paper
- Max roll width: 1,300mm
- Max roll thickness: 3 mm
- Max roll diameter: 600 mm
- Max roll weight: 600 kg
- Max core size: 76 mm (3 in.) and 150 mm (6 in.)
- The Test Lab can handle all common roll sizes.
More info: www.vetaphone.com