Plasma-Roller: A Portable Surface Treatment Solution

Technology Overview

Surface preparation and treatment are necessary and common steps in many manufacturing processes. Disinfection of work surfaces to remove micro-organisms is a requirement in the food processing industry as well as in healthcare. Currently, the methods of surface preparation / disinfection included, chemical cleaning, which typically involves the use of solvents that may be harmful to the environment. Plasma has been used for treatment of surfaces, particularly in the manufacturing sector. However, most the current plasma based solutions tend to be bulky and many are fixed installations. While the plasma jets themselves are physically small, they can only treat a small area at a time. Thereby reducing their practical deployment. There is a need for an affordable handheld device for treatment of planar surfaces, to either disinfect or prepare these surfaces for the next manufacturing step.  The Plasma-Roller offers a unique proposition. It is specifically designed and developed to address the above challenge faced by the industry. With the Plasma-Roller you can disinfect surfaces of micro-organisms, prepare the surface for coating, painting or other surface refinements. Unlike current plasma treatment, where the plasma-jets are packaged into big and complex machines which are not portable. You can handle the Plasma-Roller like a paint roller without sophisticated mechanisms. In comparison to chemical treatment or disinfecting methods, the Plasma-Roller does not require the use of any toxic or environmentally harmful chemicals. Unlike existing plasma treatment solutions it is designed to be simple to use and does not need a trained technician. The Plasma-Roller is a simple to use hand-held battery powdered solution. Plasma-Roller is ready for commericialisation and we are seeking for a suitable partner to bring this solution to the market.   

Technology Features & Specifications

The Plasma-Roller is designed to be a handheld device with a roller-like drum, from which the plasma is generated for treatment of a surface. It is envisaged that the Plasma-Roller will be applied a couple of times over the surface to treated. This is to ensure effective and uniform treatment. As the roller-like drum is applied, plasma is induced between the roller and the treated surface. The Plasma-Roller is designed to be battery powered so that it is mobile and gives flexiblity to the end-user.  Based on tests carried out, a reduction of 90% of micro-organisms on the treated surface can be achieved (based on application speed of 1cm/s). 

Potential Applications

Plasma is known to be an effective means to destroy micro-organisms and has been used for disinfection of surfaces. Besides disinfecting surfaces, the Plasma-Roller could be use for pre-process surface preparation in various manufacturing sectors, such as: a) Furniture manufacturing b) Equipment manufacture (e.g. medical equipment, high cleanliness requirement equipment) c) Coating and painting services

Market Trends and Opportunities

According to a market report by Transparency Market Research, the global UV disinfection equipment market was estimated to be US$ 993million in 2012 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of about 14% from 2013 to 2019. It is estimated that this market could reach an estimated value of US$2.5billion by 2019. 

Customer Benefits

  • Hand-held Battery operated 
  • Easy to handle
  • No bacterial resistance
  • No aggressive chemicals used
  • Reliable Affordable 

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