Applications and Benefits of Dual Layer Plasma Coated Rollers & Parts in Manufacturing

Kevin Lifsey

Presented by William R. Bradley Jr. , American Roller Company

Discovering opportunities with existing and new customers is exciting for everyone. It generally starts with a problematic area to improve. A good example is maintenance and downtime associated with cleaning roller surfaces. When debris or build up is present on critical roller surfaces, loss of traction and web defects can be a major pain point. It can be costly as well. There are multiple angles to address these challenges, but often improvement with the roller surface in direct contact with the finished product brings the highest value.

Single and Dual Layer Plasma Coating systems are applied to previously coated, bare steel, aluminum, or carbon fiber rollers or parts. These engineered surfaces can breathe new life into your asset, and in most cases can provide added benefits including extended wear, traction, and release. Newer systems offer extended chemical resistance for the harshest environments while others are electrically conductive, helping reduce increased static. The surface finishes available can range from 30 to 1000RA (Roughness Average) depending on the application. With added polymer technology (Dual Layer System) a rather rough finish can provide aggressive traction but not damage or pick the most delicate web substrates. Another advantage with Thermal Coatings is their hardness. Most range from 58-72 Rockwell C. This ensures the coating will reliably perform for many years to come.

If you have a web handling issue and you haven’t considered Plasma Coating options, you might want to inquire about the latest technology. New systems have been developed along with next generation systems just on the horizon!

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