Plasma nozzles mounted on robots accurately follow the complex contours of an engine’s cover and aluminum oil pan, where a small leak could lead to engine failure or cause nasty soiling into the environment.
GM engineers used the technology to prevent failures in the innovative 2016 Chevrolet Camaro 3.6- liter V6 engine. The engine is designed with strong, lightweight materials and is 390 pounds lighter than its predecessor.
Designers use materials like an A319 aluminum alloy block for the engine and a cast-aluminum integral oil pan design, and these lightweight materials frequently present technical challenges such as getting adhesives and sealants to adhere strongly to them, which is when Openair Plasma technology came in to assist.
Find out more about plasma’s role in engine production on “How It’s Made-Dream Cars: 2016 Chevrolet Camaro” here:http://camarosix.com/how-its-made-dream-cars-2016-chevrolet-camaro/
We are thrilled to have Plasmatreat join us at the American Automotive Summit next week! Plasmatreat will be showcasing its Openair Plasma technology that cleans and activates critical engine surfaces prior to applying a room temperature vulcanization (RTV) sealant.
Plasmatreat’s PlasmaPlus® process is also being used to prevent engine corrosion by applying a protective coating by introducing a precursor to the plasma.