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Whether for bonding or marking of plastic components, wire bonding processes on metallic contact pads or the production of energy storage devices: Adhesion plays a decisive role for product quality and process stability in many areas of the electronics industry. Plasma is increasingly being used in the electronics industry to optimally prepare the surfaces of a wide variety of materials for such adhesion processes. This technology enables selective treatment of functional surfaces on plastics, metals or composites to improve a number of subsequent processes. While conventional atmospheric pressure plasma systems must be permanently integrated into systems with appropriate gas supply, extraction and safety concepts, the cold plasma handheld device piezobrush® PZ3 offers the possibility of uncomplicated and manual optimization of surfaces.

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It’s not an exaggeration to say that, in the last few years, 3D printing has truly revolutionized the product design industry.

3D printing transforms ideas into concepts faster than any other in-house manufacturing process, allowing designers to take their ideas from their computer screens into their hands in a matter of minutes or hours.

In this article, we’ll explore the different applications of 3D printing for product design and the benefits this technology brings to the industry.

By Eric Pallarés, BCN3D, CTO

Miguel de Unamuno, philosopher and writer of the Generation of '98, and one of the most illustrious Spanish figures of the 20th century, puts in a certain essay: "Invent, then, they and we will take advantage of their inventions. Well, I trust and hope that you will be convinced, as I am, that electric light shines here as well as there where it was invented.

by Justin Kolbe, Market Strategy Head - Power & Industrial Automation, Henkel

Indisputable Advantages
There’s probably not a single manufacturing specialist who would disagree with the premise that Industry 4.0 (I4.0) brings tremendous benefit to industrial operations. At its core, I4.0 embodies the assurance of a better, more efficient production ecosystem. A network of machines and sensors that communicate seamlessly, providing real-time process feedback, enabling quick actionable solutions to problems, predicting downtime and maintenance requirements, tracking materials through production and continuously learning and reporting while working in close concert with human labor – this is I4.0 utopia.

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