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We help industries lose
weight & reduce their CO2 footprint globally.

'FORGING A SUSTAINABLE TOMORROW THROUGH A LIGHTER TODAY'

What We Do

We pre-treat fibre-reinforced composites,
to deliver reliable joint structures – every time.

If you want to:

  • Improve bond strength, resilience, and repeatability
  • Automate your process and reduce reject rates
  • Analyse and predict which adhesive to use for a perfect bond
  • Increase your Open time from surface treatment to bonding steps
  • Remove rinsing steps for contaminants, paint, primers, grit
  • Remove need to mask/unmask to protect future painted zones
  • Avoid Heat Affected Zones and/or Fibre Damage
  • Remove any manual & low reliability steps
  • Or Make your fibres look good!

 

CPA achieves all of the above, at high volumes
in a 1-step fully automated pre-treatment process.

Technology

Techniques used to incorporate lightweight materials into modern assemblies are often relatively immature, frequently batch-wise, manual and often suffer from poor joint strength and therefore create high reject rates.

This has served to significantly limit the weight saving efforts of industry due to high costs and low performance.
We have solved this problem!

PlasmaBound have developed a patent-pending technology which modifies a more mature technology “Atmospheric Plasma” and retasked it such that it no longer merely activates the polymeric surface of a fibre-reinforced composite material but selectively removes it (Ablates it) in a manner which causes no heat affected zones, leaves no residue and reveals in a repeatable manner undamaged fibres to act as an anchor matrix for structural adhesives. When presented to a similarly treated composite or suitably treated metal, PlasmaBound repeatably achieve aerospace grade bonds.

Supported Sectors

Sectors where PlasmaBound’s patented Controlled Polymer Ablation (CPA) technology supports new lightweighting design opportunities include aerospace, transport, marine, sport & leisure, renewable & consumer electronics.

The adoption of sustainable and recyclable fibre reinforced thermoplastic composites which are stronger and considerably lighter than both high strength steel & aluminium will intensify the need for our disruptive step-change technology, which facilitates the structural adhesive joining of carbon and glass fibre reinforced composites at high speed.

The CPA technology will also accelerate the adoption of lightweight composites into multi-material/hybrid structural assemblies by enabling reliable adhesive joining. Reduced  waste production, reliance on metal fasteners with lower production cost through in-line operation simplifications.

Build stronger, lighter, leaner & cleaner Structural Composite Assemblies using a repeatable high-speed 1-step process!

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Meet the Team

We enjoy a strong team with a broad range of skills!

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The Executive Team

Alan Barry,CEO (Left)
• Alan has over 20 years in engineering services, having founded a successful consultancy focusing on new processes introduction.

Nick Barry,CTO (Centre)
• Nick is also the technology inventor and brings over 10 years of R&D experience with a strong focus on composites, surface engineering, plasma and industry outreach.

Xavier Montibert,Commercial Director (Right)
• Xavier has over 25 years experience delivering innovations to OEMs and Tier 1s and has previously worked for Magna International in Europe.

Trade Shows & Events

PlasmaBound is proud to attend and exhibit its disruptive CPA technology around the World, in Europe and North America. Come and see us at these key industry events! We would be delighted to meet you there.

Our Partners

The OEMs are today often the retail face of the assembly vertical and drive the Vision with the Tier 1 (major suppliers) entities often picking up quite a portion of the effort.

Their role is to integrate processes and technologies, to deliver against performance contracts issued by the OEMs – whether for components, sub-assemblies / modules or even entire finished products.

They are supported by bonding specialists and equipment and materials suppliers as appropriate. These collectively come together to form the landscape of Channel Partners which PlasmaBound will be highly integrated to.

PlasmaBound’s scaling after entry will be via these industry partners, typically from the equipment and also bonding cohorts.

Tier1s will also be incentivised to offer PlasmaBound’s technology across many of their other OEMs to improve efficiencies and reduce costs.

What is Lightweighting?

Lightweighting is the act of reducing product payload/weight via the substitution of heavy/metal components, with lighter, ideally stronger materials such as fibre-reinforced composites, and serves to dramatically reduce product weight and any associated running costs or emissions.

It is a critical industry activity in product assembly verticals today, including consumer electronics, automotive, mass transport, aerospace, or even space. The future survivability for many, in the upcoming EV era depends upon cost-effective deployment of lighter designs.

Put simply, if your product needs to get off the ground (or the planet), or move under its own limited energy supply, then a core focus of current and future design is on weight reduction.

Unfortunately, current lightweighting assembly methods are highly immature and proving to be neither easy, clean, reliable nor cost-effective. Batch wise, uncontrolled, and often labour-intensive, introducing these space-age materials often requires the use of 19th century methods.

Contact Us

Contact us using the details below, or fill in the form with your queries.

  • R&D address:

    PlasmaBound, NovaUCD,
    Belfield Innovation Park,
    Belfield, D04 V2P1, Ireland

  • info@plasmabound.com

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