IST International Surface Technology

, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 30–32 | Cite as

Plasma Technology instead of Solvents

Environmentally friendly pretreatment
  • Inès A. Melamies
Cleaning and Pre-Treatment

A leading European semitrailer manufacturer is saving at least 20 tons of chemicals a year in the pretreatment of sandwich panels for large refrigerated trailers. Instead of environmentally harmful solvents, the company uses atmospheric pressure plasma to clean and activate the surfaces.

The sandwich panel construction of modern reefer semitrailers is entirely bonded nowadays, rather than bolted. This results in greater inherent strength and more durable joints whilst at the same time reducing production costs. An added benefit is the reduced weight, which in turn cuts down on fuel consumption and reduces CO2 emissions throughout the vehicle’s lifetime.

Schmitz Cargobull manufactures its container vehicles in Vreden in Westphalia. Here alone 15,000 new refrigerated semitrailers roll off the production line every year. For the environmentally safe production of the walls and roofs of the vehicles measuring 13.50 meters long, 2.60 meters wide and 2.80 meters high Openair...

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© Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Inès A. Melamies
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  1. 1.Plasmatreat GmbHWiesbadenGermany
  2. 2.Schmitz Cargobull AGWiesbadenGermany

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