30 July 2021
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PP Plasma Treatment with SikaForce 803

Tantec UK’s experts recently undertook an experiment to achieve Polypropylene (PP) bonding using polyurethane adhesive SikaForce 803 with different atmospheric plasma treatment settings.

The goal of this experiment is to determine the usefulness of plasma treatment on polypropylene and the compatibility with SikaForce 803 Polyurethane adhesive.

The goal of this experiment is to determine the usefulness of plasma treatment on polypropylene and the compatibility with SikaForce 803 Polyurethane adhesive.

Bonding polypropylene using a surface treatment, often plasma or corona treatment, is common in various industries due to the low bonding performance of polypropylene. Although difficult to bond, its chemical resistance, temperature use properties and cost to manufacture make it an exceptional plastic for many applications. In applications where bonding is critical, such as safety-critical print on a medical device or product quality that needs to last the product’s lifetime, such as leather bonding to automotive trim, plasma treatment is often used to improve adhesion and longevity, as well as providing a consistent bonding surface to give confidence in the products lifetime ability.

Treating a polymer in this way gives a different chemistry on the surface that’s key to bonding, but this change in chemistry isn’t guaranteed to work with every adhesive, printing ink and coating. The chemistry of the substrate, bonding agent and where applicable, the other bonding surface need to be aligned. For example, using a printing ink which works by absorbing into a porous surface (such as paper) will still provide the wrong results on a solid surface. Adhesion may improve in this case, but the final product will still not be correct.

To test the ability of bonding on PP, a single PP blend was chosen to be bonded with a single batch of SikaForce 803 adhesive. We changed the level of treatment using a Tantec PlasmaTEC-X atmospheric plasma system.

The full white paper, available via the link below, reveals the findings.

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