Plasma Deactivates Coronavirus on Surfaces: UCLA Study

Researchers at UCLA published new findings that point to a significant breakthrough in the fight against COVID-19: cold atmospheric plasma.

According to a study published by Physics of Fluids, by AIP Publishing, cold atmospheric plasma created with argon – similar to the plasma created by Plasma Etch’s Plasma Wand and multi-gas nozzle – deactivates SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Testing was performed on 6 surfaces: plastic, metal, cardboard and basketball, football, and baseball leather.

The virus was inactivated on every surface they tested in less than 3 minutes.

Follow up testing on cotton face masks showed most of the SARS-CoV-2 virus was deactivated in 30 seconds, and all of it was deactivated in 3 minutes.

This plasma requires only argon, air, and electricity to produce, so there are no dangerous chemicals or side effects. Zhitong Chen, one author of the study, noted, “Everything we use comes from the air. Air and electricity: It’s a very healthy treatment with no side effects.”

Researchers hope the benefits of cold plasma will be made available worldwide. Plasma Etch has seen a significant increase in interest around atmospheric plasma since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and sales of atmospheric systems have been very strong in recent months.

Plasma Etch’s full line of atmospheric plasma cleaners may be viewed on their website: https://www.plasmaetch.com/plasma-cleaning-systems.php#atmospheric

The publication may be viewed here: https://publishing.aip.org/publications/latest-content/plasmatreatments-quickly-kill-coronavirus-on-surfaces/

About Plasma Etch: Plasma Etch has been a leading manufacturer and industry innovator since 1980. The company holds several patents for the invention, development, and manufacturing of groundbreaking innovations, paving the way for plasma technology and the enhancement of quality manufacturing worldwide. Plasma Etch specializes in plasma cleaning solutions of all sizes. Their products are industry proven and set the standard for reliability, speed, and uniformity in plasma processing.

The original press release may be found here: 

https://news.thomasnet.com/companystory/plasma-deactivates-coronavirus-on-surfaces-ucla-study-40040805

New MK-II Plasma Etching System Features 24″ by 18″ Horizontal Shelf

Carson City, NV – Plasma Etch Inc, a leader in plasma treatment, recently introduced a new low cost version of the company’s patented MK-II plasma etching system. Designed exclusively for low volume and startup PCB manufacturers, the MK-II ECO is an unbeatable value, priced at only $49,900. It features a single 24” by 18” horizontal shelf and is capable of desmear and etch back.

The company has already seen a lot of interest from flexible circuit manufacturers. The horizontal shelf allows flexible circuits to be placed flat on the shelf, eliminating shorts between the electrode and the chamber – a common problem with vertical etching systems.

The company website explains “The MK-II ECO plasma etching system offers Plasma Etch’s industry leading technological advantages at used system pricing. Features you can’t get anywhere else…Our systems produce consistent, uniform, and reliable etch rates obtainable across an entire board’s surface.”

This system offers the same capabilities as the standard MK-II system.

The MK-II ECO may be viewed on their website: https://www.plasmaetch.com/MK-II-ECO-Low-Cost-Plasma-PCB-Etching-System.php

About Plasma Etch:

Plasma Etch has been a leading manufacturer and industry innovator since 1980. The company holds several patents for the invention, development and manufacturing of groundbreaking innovations, paving the way for plasma technology and the enhancement of quality manufacturing worldwide. Plasma Etch specializes in plasma cleaning solutions of all sizes. Their products are industry proven and set the standard for reliability, speed and uniformity in plasma processing.

Contact Information:
Plasma Etch, Inc.
3522 Arrowhead Drive
Carson City, NV 89706
(775) 883-1366
www.plasmaetch.com

View the original Press Release here:

https://news.thomasnet.com/fullstory/plasma-etch-mk-ii-eco-etching-system-40039373

Plasma Etch Announces the MK-II Vertical

Press Release Summary:

  • Available in 6, 12 and 24 board configurations
  • Can be used as an isotropic plasma etcher or as plasma cleaner for surface activation and organics removal
  • Used to prep Teflon surfaces for plating and to remove carbon after laser drilling

Carson City, NV – Plasma Etch Inc, a leader in plasma innovation, recently announced the MK-II Vertical, a circuit board desmear and etch back system designed to hang boards vertically between electrodes.

The system can be used as an isotropic (omni-directional) plasma etcher or as a plasma cleaner for surface activation and organics removal. Additionally, it can be used to prep Teflon surfaces for plating and to remove carbon after laser drilling.

The MK-II Vertical features the company’s computer control system with easy to use software. Also included is the company’s patented temperature control system to provide class leading uniformity across circuit boards.

The MK-II Vertical is available in 6, 12, and 24 board configurations. It is designed to hold 18” by 24” panels, but other sizes are also available.

Plasma Etch officials boast that plasma is the most environmentally friendly way to etch circuit boards: “We can remove drilling smear with no chemicals and very little environmental impact.”

This newest addition to Plasma Etch’s line of systems is available to order on their website:

http://www.plasmaetch.com/MK-II-vertical-plasma-desmear-system.php

About Plasma Etch

Plasma Etch has been a leading manufacturer and industry innovator since 1980. The company holds several patents for the invention, development, and manufacturing of groundbreaking innovations, paving the way for plasma technology and the enhancement of quality manufacturing worldwide. Plasma Etch specializes in plasma cleaning solutions of all sizes. Their products are industry proven and set the standard for reliability, speed, and uniformity in plasma processing.

Contact information:

Plasma Etch, Inc.

3522 Arrowhead Drive

Carson City, NV 89706

(775) 883-1366

www.plasmaetch.com

You can view the original Press Release here:

https://news.thomasnet.com/fullstory/plasma-etch-inc-a-leader-in-plasma-innovation-recently-announced-the-mk-ii-vertical-40030310

Plasma Polymerization line of Plasma Systems Creates Water-Repellent Surfaces

The system uses liquid monomer vapors in plasma to deposit a thin layer of material to create a hydrophobic surface, which can be valuable before many subsequent manufacturing processes.

Plasma Etch’s polymerization line of plasma systems includes PE-100, PE-200 and BT-1 based machines. Each system includes heated-liquid monomer vapor delivery integrated into the gas delivery system, which is said to provide reliability and repeatability. The company says that the system control is handled by its automated software, which is designed to provide a seamless experience for the user.

According to the company, the systems perform all the functions of a standard plasma system, including cleaning, surface activation and etching. All polymerization series plasma systems feature 13.56 MHz plasma with automatic matching networks, which are said to help users lower their environmental footprint.

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View the original press release here:

https://www.pfonline.com/products/plasma-polymerization-creates-water-repellent-surfaces

Live Plasma Ashing Demonstrations at Semicon West 2019

Carson City, NV – Plasma Etch Inc is providing live product demonstrations at Semicon West 2019. Company representatives will be giving demonstrations of a PE-25 bench top vacuum plasma system along with the atmospheric Plasma Wand. The show runs July 9 – 11 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

Company representatives will answer questions and provide live demonstrations. This is a great opportunity for manufacturers and researchers to clean and activate their own samples with a plasma asher. All demonstrations will be performed at booth number 5758.

The Plasma Wand is a convenient, hand held tool for spot cleaning and research work. It’s about the size of an electric toothbrush and requires only electricity to operate; no input gas is needed. The Plasma Wand provides atmospheric plasma capable of increasing bond strength and printability of most surfaces.

The PE-25 is an affordable, entry level option for most types of plasma treatment, including ashing. This fully automated system is compatible with a variety of input gases and pressures. With 400 watts of power, it’s extremely versatile and invaluable for a variety of projects.

Plasma Etch builds affordable, entry level plasma systems, along with a full range of larger production systems. Bench top systems are very popular at universities and research labs. Plasma Etch credits their success to their versatile and robust designs. Each system features simple controls and easy to read indicators for monitoring the plasma processing sequence.

If you can’t make it to the show, you can view all of Plasma Etch’s innovative products anytime on their website: www.plasmaetch.com

About Plasma Etch:

Plasma Etch has been a leading manufacturer and industry innovator since 1980. The company holds several patents for the invention, development and manufacturing of groundbreaking innovations, paving the way for plasma technology and the enhancement of quality manufacturing worldwide. Plasma Etch specializes in plasma cleaning solutions of all sizes. Their products are industry proven and set the standard for reliability, speed and uniformity in plasma processing.

Contact information:

Plasma Etch, Inc.

3522 Arrowhead Drive

Carson City, NV 89706

(775) 883-1366

www.plasmaetch.com

View the original press release here:

https://news.thomasnet.com/fullstory/live-plasma-ashing-demonstrations-at-semicon-west-2019-40026223

Plasma Etch, Inc. Performing Live Plasma Cleaning Demonstrations at MD&M East 2019

Carson City, NV – Plasma Etch Inc, a leader in plasma treatment, is providing live product demonstrations at MD&M East 2019. Company representatives will be giving demonstrations of a bench top vacuum plasma system along with the atmospheric Plasma Wand. The show runs June 11-13 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, NY.

The company will answer questions and provide live demonstrations on customer’s samples if available. This is a great opportunity for manufacturers and researchers to get their hands on a working plasma cleaner. All demonstrations will be performed at booth number 832.

The PE-25 is an affordable, entry level plasma system. The company also builds a full range of larger production systems. Bench top systems are very popular at universities and research labs. Each system features simple controls and easy to read indicators for monitoring the plasma processing sequence. Plasma Etch credits their success to their versatile and robust designs.

The Plasma Wand is a convenient, hand held plasma product for spot cleaning and research work. It’s about the size of an electric toothbrush and requires only electricity to operate; no input gas is needed. It provides atmospheric plasma capable of increasing bond strength and printability of most surfaces.

If you can’t make it to the show, you can view all of Plasma Etch’s innovative products anytime on their website: www.plasmaetch.com

About Plasma Etch:

Plasma Etch has been a leading manufacturer and industry innovator since 1980. The company holds several patents for the invention, development and manufacturing of groundbreaking innovations, paving the way for plasma technology and the enhancement of quality manufacturing worldwide. Plasma Etch specializes in plasma cleaning solutions of all sizes. Their products are industry proven and set the standard for reliability, speed and uniformity in plasma processing.

Contact information:

Plasma Etch, Inc.

3522 Arrowhead Drive

Carson City, NV 89706

(775) 883-1366

www.plasmaetch.com

See the original press release online here:
https://news.thomasnet.com/companystory/plasma-etch-inc-performing-live-plasma-cleaning-demonstrations-at-md-and-m-east-2019-40024794

Plasma Etch, Inc. performing live plasma cleaning demonstrations at MD&M West 2019

For Immediate Release:

Plasma Etch Inc, a leader in plasma treatment, is providing live product demonstrations at MD&M West 2019. Company representatives will be giving demonstrations of a bench top vacuum plasma system along with the atmospheric Plasma Wand.

The show runs February 5 –7 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Company representatives will answer questions and provide live demonstrations. This is a great opportunity for manufacturers and researchers to get their hands on a plasma cleaner. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own samples to the demonstration for vacuum or atmospheric plasma cleaning. All demonstrations will be performed at booth number 1991.

Plasma Etch builds affordable, entry level plasma systems, along with a full range of larger production systems. Bench top systems are very popular at universities and research labs. Plasma Etch credits their success to their versatile and robust designs. Each system features simple controls and easy to read indicators for monitoring the plasma processing sequence.

The Plasma Wand is a convenient, hand held plasma product for spot cleaning and research work. It’s about the size of an electric toothbrush and requires only electricity to operate; no input gas is needed. The Plasma Wand provides atmospheric plasma capable of increasing bond strength and print-ability of most surfaces.

If you can’t make it to the show, you can view all of Plasma Etch’s innovative products anytime on their website: www.plasmaetch.com

About Plasma Etch: Plasma Etch has been a leading manufacturer and industry innovator since 1980. The company holds several patents for the invention, development and manufacturing of groundbreaking innovations, paving the way for plasma technology and the enhancement of quality manufacturing worldwide. Plasma Etch specializes in plasma cleaning solutions of all sizes.Their products are industry proven and set the standard for reliability, speed and uniformity in plasma processing.

Contact information:

Plasma Etch, Inc.

3522 Arrowhead Drive

Carson City, NV 89706

(775) 883-1366

www.plasmaetch.com

The original press release may be viewed here:

http://www.circuitnet.com/news/uploads/3/MDM_West_2019_Press_Release.pdf

Plasma Etch, Inc. performing live plasma cleaning demonstrations at IPC Apex Expo 2019


CARSON CITY, NV – Plasma Etch Inc, a leader in plasma treatment, will be providing live demonstrations of the company’s entry level atmospheric plasma system to attendees at the IPC Apex Expo 2019 trade show. Attendees will get a chance to see and use a Plasma Wand atmospheric plasma cleaner. The show runs January 29 – 31 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California.

This is a great opportunity for folks from any industry to get their hands on a working plasma system. Attendees are encouraged to bring samples along with them to be cleaned – improving printing and bonding. All demonstrations will be performed at booth number 100.

The Plasma Wand is an exciting product designed to meet the need for a convenient, hand held plasma product for spot cleaning and research work. It’s about the size of an electric toothbrush and requires only electricity to operate; no input gas is needed. The Plasma Wand provides atmospheric plasma capable of increasing bond strength and printability of most surfaces.

The company will have information on site about all of their production scale desmear and etch back plasma equipment.

If you can’t make it to the show, you can view all of Plasma Etch’s innovative products anytime on their website: www.plasmaetch.com

About Plasma Etch: Plasma Etch has been a leading manufacturer and industry innovator since 1980. The company holds several patents for the invention, development and manufacturing of groundbreaking innovations, paving the way for plasma technology and the enhancement of quality manufacturing worldwide. Plasma Etch specializes in plasma cleaning solutions of all sizes. Their products are industry proven and set the standard for reliability, speed and uniformity in plasma processing.

See the original Press Release here:

http://www.us-tech.com/RelId/2055211/ISvars/default/Plasma_Etch_Inc_performing_live_plasma_cleaning_demonstrations_at_IPC_Apex_Expo_2019.htm

Plasma Etch, Inc. Announces Handheld Atmospheric Plasma System

Carson City, NV – Plasma Etch Inc, a leader in plasma innovation, recently announced a handheld version of the company’s Atmospheric Plasma System.

The Atmospheric Plasma System is an “open air” or atmospheric system designed for industrial surface modification. Atmospheric plasma is often used before bonding, printing or coating to increase the strength of the bond between a product and glue or ink.

The handheld version of the Atmospheric Plasma System has a unique two-handed nozzle with dual triggers. The first trigger prepares the system for use, while the main trigger activates the plasma nozzle. This system allows hand treatment of large substrate surfaces in nearly any well ventilated environment. The unit features a 16’ cable between the power supply and the portable plasma nozzle.

With 1000 watts of power, this cleaning system was designed to quickly activate the surface of almost any material with the convenience of a handheld plasma nozzle. The system requires no input gas and is safe on conductive and non-conductive surfaces alike.

For more information, visit Plasma Etch’s website: www.plasmaetch.com

 

The original press release may be found here:  http://www.us-tech.com/RelId/1966566/ISvars/default/Plasma_Etch_Inc_Announces_Handheld_Atmospheric_Plasma_System.htm

 

Plasma Etch, Inc. announces robust sales of Mark II Plasma System with Gasless Technology

Carson City, NV – Plasma Etch Inc, a leader in plasma treatment, introduced the company’s patented gasless etching technology on the Mark II line of plasma etchers about a year ago.

The patented gasless technology, originally developed for larger systems, has been condensed and allows the Mark II to offer unmatched speed and uniformity.

Since the release of the gasless technology, sales of the Mark II system have soared.  The gasless Mark II is able to perform desmear and etch back without the added expense and environmental impact of CF4 gas.  The system uses only electricity and oxygen.

This system is very popular with PCB manufacturers.  Not only can you etch and desmear without CF4 gas, but customers have reported the gasless Mark II etching faster and more uniformly than a standard Mark II running CF4.

The company expects this growth to continue through 2018.

Plasma Etch’s full line of plasma products may be viewed on their website: www.plasmaetch.com

About Plasma Etch:  Plasma Etch has been a leading manufacturer and industry innovator since 1980.  The company holds several patents for the invention, development and manufacturing of groundbreaking innovations, paving the way for plasma technology and the enhancement of quality manufacturing worldwide.  Plasma Etch specializes in plasma cleaning solutions of all sizes. Their products are industry proven and set the standard for reliability, speed and uniformity in plasma processing.

 

View the original Press Release here:

http://www.us-tech.com/RelId/1851587/ISvars/default/Plasma_Etch_Inc_announces_robust_sales_of_Mark_II_Plasma_System_with_Gasless_Technology.htm