EsseCI and Fraunhofer IAP  research project :


EsseCI and Fraunhofer IAP joined forces to advance the application of flames for the surface treatment of plastic films by having signed a cooperation agreement. We invite partners to a joint project for advancing flame treatments in order to improve the durability of the treatments as well as the range of possible functionalizations and, in turn, boost the competiveness of the users of this technique. For this purpose we intent to explore the possibilities of advanced flame treatments by addition of agents and post-treatments.


Flame treatment

Most polymers (plastics) require a surface activation before printing or adhesive joining. Flame treatment is one of the techniques used for activation on an industrial scale. It modifies the surface chemistry of various substrate materials in a way that makes them polar and increases the surface energy. The materials turn wettable and they are ready for printing, coating, and laminating. Flame treatment offers a number of advantages, when compared to other surface treatment techniques, such as more stable treatment results and a higher level of surface energy on many materials. While in the past corona treatments have been diversified by the use of gases other than air to meet special demands, flame treatments such as CCVD (combustion chemical vapour deposition) are largely limited to the deposition oxide coatings so far. It is up to new technological developments to extend the application range of flame treatments towards a wider range of functionalization in order to further improve the competitiveness of the technique. We intend to start a joint project with the target of pushing current limits of technology and knowledge.


Advanced Flame treatment

For the activation of polymers flames supply various kinds of oxygen based radicals which readily react to form an oxidized surface. These radical reactions are extremely fast and give rise to efficient processes. However, we believe that it is worth investigating how the surface properties can be improved by combining flame treatments with additives and post-treatments. With the project we target this issue by modifying the flame treatment technology in order to achieve a greater range of surface properties compared to the state of the art. It is intended to use the flame for the actual surface activation and as an energy source for further reactions of additional agents with the surface. The additives will be supplied with a modified flame treater and can be non-hazardous chemical or polymers. We will explore this approach in two directions:

1. to obtain a more durable surface activation

2. to prepare a surface functionality based on other elements than oxygen

In particular the latter investigations provide the opportunity to prepare surfaces with a good adhesion to e.g. metals, especially for printing applications. The studies will be carried out on a R 2 R film converting machine in order to obtain information which is suitable for having a short way to an industrial application.

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The project


Start: January 2017
Duration: 1 year
Costs: 6 000 € (min. 8 participants)


Your benefits

• influence on project detail planning
(materials, parameters etc.)

• first-hand information about results
including a report

• workshop for up to two participants
about technology, equipment, and
project results

• exchange of experiences

• fast industrialization of the process
based on experimental results


esseCI flame treaters

esseCI srl is an Italian company which has been working in the field of surface activation of polyolefins and other substrates since 1969. The company is world leader in flame treatment systems for BOPP extrusion lines (up to 10.5 m wide). It operates also in the field of converting material pre-treatment (aseptic packaging, extrusion coating, lamination, printing, adhesive coating), as paper, paperboard, aluminium, steel, PET, Tedlar®, and others.

Fraunhofer IAP

Fraunhofer is Europe’s largest applied research organization and maintains 67 institutes all over Germany as well as a number of branches and offices in Europe and worldwide. The Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP develops materials, processes and products that are tailored to meet the special requirements of polymer applications. The surface technology group has profound experience in the surface functionalization of polymers for a wide variety of applications using various technologies.

  Flame treatment cooperation agreement

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“flame treaters 4.0”

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