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PLASMABOT II

Robot-applied atmospheric plasma treatment of polymeric materials with difficult adhesion in the footwear industry

Field
Regional
Date
01/01/2020 - 31/03/2021
Industry
  • INDUSTRIAL PROCESSES/ CONSUMER GOODS/ GARMENTS
Budget
189018,83
Funded by

IVACE

PROJECT INFORMATION

DESCRIPTION

The materials used in footwear manufacturing are continually evolving and this has an impact on the industry. For example, in the bonding process, since they present adhesion difficulties with other components. In addition, the need to apply previous surface treatments to ensure good bonding implies the use of organic solvents that are harmful both to the environment and to the health of the person handling them.
Therefore, today's new industrial environment requires surface preparation techniques for materials that are more sustainable than conventional ones. With PLASMABOT II, plasma technology has been consolidated as a solvent-free alternative for the preparation of footwear flooring materials, such as SBR rubber, and an introduction of this technology into the production line in the gluing process through its full automation with the use of robots.

The materials used in footwear manufacturing are continually evolving and this has an impact on the industry. For example, in the bonding process, since they present adhesion difficulties with other components. In addition, the need to apply previous surface treatments to ensure good bonding implies the use of organic solvents that are harmful both to the environment and to the health of the person handling them.
Therefore, today’s new industrial environment requires surface preparation techniques for materials that are more sustainable than conventional ones. With PLASMABOT II, plasma technology has been consolidated as a solvent-free alternative for the preparation of footwear flooring materials, such as SBR rubber, and an introduction of this technology into the production line in the gluing process through its full automation with the use of robots.

Impact

In short, the achievement of the results obtained with this project contributes greatly to the three pillars of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), economic, social and environmental, set by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as to the objectives of the European Green Pact and its Circular Economy Plan, thus making it possible for the footwear sector to move increasingly towards a production model based on sustainability.

Entities

INESCOP

Contact information

Francias Aran Ais
R&D&I Coordinator

INESCOP

Technological capabilities

Robotics
Collaborative robots