Check out our Video Plasma Cleaning Demo with the PE-25 Plasma Cleaner

Check out our latest video demonstration of the PE-25 plasma cleaner.

The informative video is just over a minute long yet outlines just how easy it is to clean or etch with a Plasma Etch system.

For more information about the PE-25 plasma cleaner, visit the PE-25 page on our website.

The PE-25 is our entry level, very affordable plasma cleaner. It’s a robust machine that is perfect for small production facilities, research labs, universities, or any industry needing a small-scale, affordable plasma solution.

The PE-25 excels at all types of cleaning and bonding.

All of our plasma cleaners and etchers are built in the USA at our factory in Carson City, Nevada.

This unit is the best value on a plasma cleaner you will find.

Plasma Cleaning Demo with the PE-25 Plasma Cleaner from Plasma Etch

Have you seen the future of etching?

Have you seen the future of etching?  The Magna Series PCB etching system is the first plasma etching system used in the manufacturing production of PCBs without CF4! Our patented system uses only 3-phase power and compressed air. Magna

The technology inside the Magna completely eliminates the need for CF4 gas which is presently used by PCB manufacturers’ plasma etching systems, including desmear and etch back systems.

Magna is the next generation replacement for our time proven MK-II line of systems for desmear and etch back applications.  As the results show, Magna sets new market standards in several key areas.

Magna’s revolutionary technology provides faster etch times, lower operating cost, lower power usage, and incredible process uniformity not achievable using any other technology.  Magna provides precision and uniform etching on both sides of panels simultaneously.

The Magna is a great choice benefiting both customers and our environment. Magna customers experience higher levels of uniformity and lower operating costs. The environment also benefits from a reduction in green house gas exhaust.

For more information on the Magna, visit

VIEWPOINT 2016: Greg DeLarge, President, Plasma Etch, Inc.

Our President was recently interviewed for Circuit Net. Hear what he has to say about our outlook for 2016!

VIEWPOINT 2016: Greg DeLarge, President, Plasma Etch, Inc.

VIEWPOINT 2016: Greg DeLarge, President, Plasma Etch, Inc.
Greg DeLarge, President, Plasma Etch, Inc.

2016 is lining up to be an exciting year for PlasmaEtch! We continue to see strong growth in small machine sales.

We have some exciting developments in the plasma coating space that will drive sales and improve market share as we roll into 2016.

We will be demonstrating our industry leading plasma treatment systems at MD&M West and IPC Apex this winter, as well as MD&M East and Semicon West over the summer.

Be sure to check us out at one of the trade shows; and like us on Facebook to keep up to date on our exciting new patented technology.

Greg DeLarge, President
Plasma Etch, Inc.


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Don’t miss our live plasma ashing demonstrations February 9-11 at MD&M West in Anaheim, CA.

We will be providing live demonstrations of our popular PE-50 Plasma Cleaner to attendees at the Med Tech World MD&M West 2016 trade show. The show runs February 9 – 11 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.

This is a great opportunity for any of you, but especially medical design manufacturers to get your hands on a working PE-50 Plasma Cleaner. We will have company representatives on hand to answer questions and provide live demonstrations. Come find us at booth number 2078.

The PE-50 is an affordable, entry level option for most types of plasma treatment. This unit is very popular at universities and research labs. We credit the PE-50’s success to its versatility and robust design. This system is popular for small production facilities, research labs, universities, and startup manufacturers in need of a small-scale, cost-effective plasma treatment solution.

The opening price point includes industry leading features such as an oxygen safe vacuum pump and the ability to run two gasses simultaneously. The PE-50 features simple controls and easy to read indicators for monitoring the plasma processing sequence.

If you don’t make it to the show, you can view all of our products anytime on our website:

Don’t forget to click on the live chat and say “hi!”

View our press release online.


Use it or Lose it?

Do you have money in your 2015 equipment budget that doesn’t carry over to 2016? Put it to work for you now!

Add a versatile, easy to use PE-25 plasma cleaner to your lab for only $5,900! Call us or chat live now on our site for more info.

Plasma Etch PE-25

Plasma Bonding


Plasma Bonding

A strong, reliable bond couldn’t be more important for the longevity of today’s products.  Today’s plasma technology can reduce electrical resistance, while increasing physical strength of solders and bonding agents.  Bonding two dissimilar materials is especially difficult, but plasma helps secure a superior bond every time.

Increased Strength

Plasma treatment allows a strong bond between two dissimilar materials, such as a wood and rubber.  The plasma treated surfaces are cleaned to the atomic level, allowing a similar bonding agent to properly bond to both materials.

As a general rule, a line pull test can measure the bond strength.

Better Printability

Printing on glossy surfaces such as plastic or Teflon has the potential to result in a poor quality.  Plasma treatment cleans and modifies the surface so that ink will apply to a glossy rubber as if it were paper!

Plasma can even allow printing colors on Teflon!

Failure Rate Reduction

Plasma cleaning and surface modification can reduce failure rates among PCB manufacturing, including wire bonding.  This results in more reliable products through stronger bonds and less electronic resistance.

The surface modification effects are not permanent. The time available for processing ranges from just a few hours to a few days. Although the effects of the plasma treatment are temporary, they allow plenty of time to complete the manufacturing or printing process on the materials being treated.

How Plasma Cleaning Works

Plasma Cleaning made Simple

How Plasma Cleaning Works!

1. Suck out the Air!

Plasma is created in a vacuum. The first step is to suck all of the air out of the chamber.

2. Add Some Gas!

Cleaning is done with Oxygen or Argon gas. Highly accurate valves control the gas flow into the chamber.

3. RF Power!

The plasma is created with radio frequency (RF) power is introduced to the chamber.

4. Plasma!

Without air, the RF reacts with the gas and creates plasma! The fourth state of matter!

5. Vent it!

After the plasma cycle is complete, the plasma cleaner automatically turns off the gas and slowly vents air back into the chamber. Perfectly clean every time!

To learn more about plasma cleaning visit the plasma treatment basics page on our website and like us on Facebook.

We use Facebook to keep all of our customers up to date with company events, promotions, and new plasma technology.

5 Ways Plasma Treatment Will Change Automotive Technology Forever

Future Cars

5 Ways Plasma Treatment Will Change Automotive Technology Forever


Automotive technology is changing fast! Tesla, Google, Apple, Uber…

These are nothing like your grandfather’s car companies. Let’s take a look at how these Silicon Valley tech companies will change the way we get from A to B forever.

Electrical Components

Computers will soon be driving our cars for us. The number of computers in our cars is increasing each year with navigation, web browsing, Bluetooth cell phone access, and more.

As cars begin to do more of the driving for us, we will have even more electronics on board to keep us entertained.

The problem is cars are a harsh environment for electronics: hot, cold, wet, dry…

In order to have the most reliable computer components last the life of a car, the best manufacturing processes available must be employed.

Plasma etching the printed circuit boards is the most reliable way to build computer components for future vehicles.

Plasma has the ability to dry etch circuit boards in a directional manner, meaning the plasma can etch a circuit board straight down with no side to side removal.

Dry etching is the most reliable way to etch a circuit board, and reliable circuit boards mean reliable cars.

Plasma surface activation also increases the bond strength of components such as air bag sensors and accelerometers that aid in computer driving.


Accelerometer with plasma bonded components.



That’s right, windshields. How would we get anywhere without them?

Windshields are made up of multiple layers of tempered glass. This allows them to be shatter proof, so we don’t end up covered in glass if we hit a falling pine cone at 60 mph!

But how do you put multiple layers of glass together without any dust in between? You guessed it, plasma.

Traditional methods of cleaning involved harsh chemicals, dangerous working conditions, and lots of waste.

Traditional methods can also leave a film behind so you don’t have a perfect window.

Plasma can not only clean each layer of a windshield without any harsh chemicals, but it can also activate the surface to form a stronger, better bond between the materials!

Plasma allows us to create better windshields with less impact on our environment!


Headlights in today’s cars are treated with plasma to keep them working after years of service.

A plasma polymer is applied to the reflective surfaces using a plasma coating technique.

This keeps the aluminum in the reflective surface from corroding and from reducing the effectiveness of the headlight.

Dim headlights are dangerous! Thanks to plasma, we can all see a little better at night.


Painting or bonding to plastic is much more difficult than metal.

Painting plastic parts requires a perfectly clean surface in order for the paint to bond properly and evenly to the plastic.

Plasma cleaning is able to fully clean the plastic and allow the painted plastic to match the painted metal surfaces.

Plasma also activates the surface to keep the paint from peeling off later!


Plasma treated plastics will become scratch resistant enough in the future that we will most likely see plastic windows in our cars.

The plasma will coat plastic with a scratch resisting polymer, preventing the plastic window from scratching or hazing with age.

Plastic is lighter than glass and will therefore save energy.

The Future

Most folks don’t realize the role that plasma plays in our everyday lives.

As our cars are electrified and computerized, plasma will play a large role in the automotive space.

There are exciting things happening in the car industry. Keep your eyes open for new ways that plasma is making our world safer and cleaner!

Plasma Etching Process Temperature Control and Speeding up Plasma

Learn about how the temperature inside the chamber can affect the etching speed in this follow up post to our August 24th post, Temperature Control During Plasma Treatment.

Process temperature is the single most important parameter in the plasma process. Process temperature has primary control over etch rate and has a secondary effect on etch uniformity.
The temperature at which the process operates has a major influence on processing rates. The higher the process temperature, the faster the processing rate.
Process temperature control is mandatory when processing temperature sensitive devices. Uncontrolled process temperatures can cause distortion, delaminating, and discoloration, and can chemically modify the properties of temperature sensitive devices.
• Process temperature is regulated by the patented electrode temperature control system. Electrode temperatures are maintained by continuously recalculating a heat transfer fluid through the electrodes. (See diagram below.)
• The boards are loaded directly onto the temperature controlled electrode surfaces.
• Process temperature is independent of the plasma process and programmable in the range of O°F to 300°F ± 0.5°F.
• An elevated process temperature is selected which is compatible with the type of board material (epoxy, polyimide, acrylic/kapton, Teflon, etc.) being processed, while maintaining maximum processing throughput.
• The temperature control system is a patented feature, unique to the Plasma Etch product line.

Plasma Temperature Control

8 reasons to utilize Plasma Etch Plasma temperature control technology:
1.  Process temperature is constant throughout the plasma sequence. No ramping of temperature occurs during the plasma process. (See graph below.)
2.  Etch rates are predictable and repeatable, due to steady state process temperature.
3.  Etch rates are accelerated by using elevated process temperatures.
4.  No throughput limiting temperature stabilization sequencing (“dummy plasma cycling”) is required.
5.  Start and stop system operation requires no throughput limiting temperature stabilization cycle.
6.  Temperature control is independent of the plasma process.
7.  Temperature control techniques use proven and highly reliable design (recirculation heat transfer fluid). No temperature control elements are exposed to the plasma process.
8.  Any process temperature from 175°F to 300°F may be selected for compatibility with all board materials. Optionally, the temperature range may be extended from O°F to 300°F.

Plasma Temperature

CURVE I (Plasma Etch Temperature Profile)
1. Points A and B are the respective starting and the ending points of the plasma process sequence.
2. Processing temperature is essentially constant throughout the plasma sequence. Any temperature within the control range may be selected and is automatically maintained.
3. Constant process temperature ensures plasma process repeatability.
CURVE II (Typical Competition Temperature Profile)
1. Points C and D are the respective starting and the ending points of the plasma process sequence.
2. The starting temperature at point C is undefined, as it depends on residual system heat from the previous process cycle.
3. The slope of tile temperature profile from point C to point D is dependent on the thermal loading effect of the materials (mass of the load) being processed and the plasma processing parameters (primarily R.F. power level).
4. The ending temperature at point D is a variable, as it is dependent on items 2 and 3 above.
5. The repeatability of the plasma process is severely impaired by this lack of a constant processing temperature.

The Power of Plasma

The versatility of plasma technology is one of its most important advantages.

Because plasma is made up of dissociated positively and negatively charged particles (in addition to neutral particles), it will react with a wide variety of substances.

And because the process can be readily controlled and reproduced, plasma can be used to clean, etch, or coat almost any surface without the safety hazards and liquid waste associated with wet processes.

Plasma etching technology can remove organic and inorganic contamination, increase wettability, increase bond strength, and remove residue. If effective surface treatments critical to the efficiency of a process or the reliability of a product, plasma technology may be the best answer.

For years, manufacturers in the electronics sector have used plasma technology for a variety of surface modification and etching applications. Developments and innovations in the field of plasma technology have dramatically expanded the capabilities and potential uses of this clean, safe, cost-effective process.

Plasma etching systems are now utilized for surface activation, etching, and deposition with a variety of materials. The plasma process can render most materials:
• Clean
• Hydrophilic (Wettable)
• Hydrophobic (Non Wettable)
• Bondable
• Markable
• Lubricated
• Abrasion Resistant
• Passivated
• Many Other Uniquely Engineered Surface Characteristics

The versatility of the plasma process means that it can be used for a full range of cleaning and etching tasks, from removing small amounts of contaminants in a final clean process, to the more demanding job of desmear and etchback in the printed circuit board industry.

Plasma is often used to clean odd-shaped parts with areas that are not readily accessible, such as blind holes. It can also clean assemblies made of different materials.

Plasma is exceptionally useful when bonding two materials of different origins, such as wood and metal, or rubber and plastic. When each surface is 100% free of contaminates, or “plasma clean”, significantly stronger bonds can be achieved.

The plasma etching process occurs in a vacuum and uses radio frequency energy, instead of heat, to create plasma that produces the desired reaction with the surface that it is treating. This helps to avoid heat damage and promote safety.

The process is highly controllable and repeatable, ensuring uniform results – product to product, and batch to batch.
Plasma can, in many cases, eliminate the need for CFCs and other solvents. This will, in turn, reduce costly disposal of hazardous by-products.

To find out more about how Plasma Etch might be able to help you improve your processes or products, visit our website.