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Europlasma presents Nanofics functional nanocoatings at Intersec 2016

Three innovative nanocoating types have been designed for use on technical textiles and liquid filtration media.

18th January 2016

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Oudenaarde

Medical/Hygiene, Sustainable

Belgium based Europlasma, a leader in low pressure plasma technology, is presenting its Nanofics functional nanocoatings for the textile and filtration industry at the Intersec 2016 exhibition that takes place in Dubai this week.

“We see great interest from different industries to use Nanofics instead of wet chemical processing for functionalization of technical textiles. Customers not only use Nanofics to increase the performance of their materials and products, at the same time they want to radically reduce their environmental footprint by using dry and clean plasma technology,” commented Peter Martens, Europlasma’s Sales & Product Manager.

Nanofics refers to nanoscaled functionalization into the core of complex shaped materials and products. It is Europlasma’s patented and patent pending nanocoating technology platform, first applied on industrial scale in 1996.

Innovative nanocoating types

Three innovative nanocoating types have been designed for use on technical textiles and liquid filtration media and can be applied by Europlasma’s unique roll to roll equipment.

Nanofics 120 coatings are said to be highly water repellent (water contact angle of 120 degrees according to ASTM D5964) and highly oil repellent (oil repellency level 8 according to ISO 14419) fluoropolymer type of nanocoatings deposited by low pressure plasma technology.

Nanofics 110 coatings are highly water repellent (water contact angle of 110 degrees according to ASTM D5964) and highly oil repellent (oil repellency level 6 according to ISO 14419) fluoropolymer type of nanocoatings. The unique aspect of these coatings is that they are said to be completely free from PFOA and PFOS, according to the company.

Contrary to Nanofics 110 and 120, the Nanofics 10 coating is designed to have very high affinity for water, resulting in water contact angles of lower than 10 degrees according to ASTM D5964.

PlasmaGuard

For durable water repellent (DWR) nanocoating of sportswear and outdoor apparel Europlasma has recently launched the PlasmaGuard solution, which received the prestigious ITMA Future Materials Award 2015 for Best Innovation in Sportswear and Outdoor Apparel.

The PlasmaGuard solution is in different ways disruptive to the DWR industry, combining the highest performance with the lowest environmental footprint, and applicable on 3D textile goods and apparel, according to the manufacturer.

www.europlasma.be

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