EXPO PREVIEW: Plasma surface treatment

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When slimming down engines, auto makers are commonly turning to lightweight materials such as aluminum, but this frequently presents technical challenges during other manufacturing processes, something that Plasmatreat is combating with its innovative plasma cleaning.

The technique has already proved its worth with GM’s iconic 50th anniversary Chevy Camaro launched earlier this year. When engineers designed the 2016 Camaro, they slimmed down the 3.6 liter V6 engine for maximum performance, using an aluminum alloy block for the engine and a cast-aluminum integral oil pan design.

However, this threw up issues with getting adhesives and sealants to adhere to the surfaces, and since even a small leak could lead to engine failure, GM turned to Plasmatreat’s open-air plasma technology to prevent these problems.

Plasmatreat can be found at Engine Expo 2016 on stand E157

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Dean has been with UKi Media & Events for over a decade, having previously cut his journalistic teeth writing and editing for various automotive and engineering titles. He combines extensive knowledge of all things automotive with a passion for driving, and experience testing countless new vehicles, engines and technologies around the world. As well as his role as editor-in-chief across a range of UKi's media titles, he is also co-chair of the judging panel of the International Engine + Powertrain of the Year Awards.

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