IST International Surface Technology

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 48–51 | Cite as

Nature as a role model

  • Inès A. Melamies
  • Plasmatreat GmbH
  • MonoPan Composites GmbH & Co. KG
Pretreatment Plasma technology

Innovative solutions are needed to address future strategies such as resource conservation and energy efficiency. By producing ultra-light honeycomb panels and using atmospheric pressure plasma for surface treatment before painting, a lightweight panel manufacturer from Thuringia supplies high quality components to the commercial vehicle industry.

Bionics provided the inspiration for developing lightweight composite panels — the blueprint is honeycomb, whose special hexagonal structure is unique in combining low material requirement and stability with low weight. As the following example demonstrates, the thermoplastic polymer polypropylene ( Figure 1) provided the technical means.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Inès A. Melamies
    • 1
  • Plasmatreat GmbH
    • 2
  • MonoPan Composites GmbH & Co. KG
    • 3
  1. 1.Bad HonnefGermany
  2. 2.SteinhagenGermany
  3. 3.Königsee-RottenbachGermany

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