Europlasma presents nanocoating technologies at AudiologyNOW!
Published: 25 March 2015 - Marianne Evans
Belgium based Europlasma, a global developer of low pressure plasma technology, will be presenting at AudiologyNOW! its nanocoating technologies to protect hearing devices against corrosion and damage from liquids under the Nanofics brand name.
Nanofics refers to nanoscaled functionalisation 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. Nanofics technology is widely used by Europlasma’s customers to corrosion protect electronic devices, or to make technical textiles and filtration materials liquid repellent.
The Nanofics 110 coatings for hearing devices are highly water repellent (water contact angle of 110 degrees according to ASTM D5946) and highly oil repellent (oil repellency level 6 according to ISO 14419) fluoropolymer type of nanocoatings deposited by low pressure plasma technology. The unique aspect of these coatings is that they are completely free from PFOA and PFOS. Traditional nanocoatings with high levels of water and oil repellency are derived from long molecular chains which contain traces of PFOA and PFOS. There is a general trend to move away from these chemistries for health reasons.
Now Europlasma is leading the way to even more environmentally friendly solutions with the development of a new family of water repellent nanocoatings which are completely free from halogens. Europlasma just received funding from IWT, the Flemish government agency for Innovation by Science and Technology, to boost this development.
Europlasma offers a range of nanocoating machines fit for mass production. The processing costs are typically below 10 eurocent per coated hearing device.
For technical and/or commercial inquiries please visit our booth number 209 at AudiologyNOW! 2015, in San Antonio, Texas, March 25th – 28th.