“ULVAC studied EXATEC plasma coating technology and found that it offers significant advantages in the processing time and performance it gave us,” said Hisaharu Obinata, chief executive officer, ULVAC. “In fact, we found that the EXATEC plasma coating process is at least 30 times faster than other plasma coating technologies used for PC glazing. We then validated the process and plasma coating through the creation of the ULGLAZE machine. SABIC’s coating technology, together with ULVAC’s extensive experience in developing automotive equipment for a broad range of applications enabled our team to develop a system that promotes high productivity and reliability.”
“With the availability of this high-volume coating technology, PC glazing is now ready to play a much larger role in automotive design and make a greater contribution to improved fuel economy, reduced emissions and increased vehicle range,” said Amanda Roble, lead executive, SABIC’s automotive PC glazing unit. “With this machinery, automakers can take full advantage of PC glazing technology and integrate it into their vehicles. To help accelerate this momentum, SABIC and ULVAC will continue to collaborate and invest in R&D to further improve the machinery and process technology to produce plasma-coated LEXAN resin parts for vehicle windows.”
Efficient, Large-scale Production
This new high-volume production capability is based on the benefits of three advanced technologies:
ULVAC has a long history of designing, building and supplying equipment used in the manufacture of automotive applications. ULVAC has sold more than 1,000 similar inline systems capable of coating large parts with both high reliability and productivity.
In addition to automotive glazing, the ULGLAZE system is a candidate for use in consumer electronics display applications (touchscreens, monitors) and electrical components, semiconductors and solar cells.