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Oxford Advanced Surfaces on Target to Achieve 1 Million Square Feet of Composites Surface Preparation in a Tenth of the Time

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Oxford Advanced Surfaces Limited (OAS), innovative experts in surface treatment, are on target to treat 1 million square feet of composites with its patented Onto™ adhesion promoter that replaces sanding or abrasion for surface preparation.

By removing abrasion as a surface preparation for composites, Onto™ delivers improvements in quality and a reduction in processing times of up to 90%. This produces cost savings and productivity improvement.

Simple to use, Onto™ supports the volume manufacturing of composites in all areas of advanced manufacturing, while also being easy to use with complex shapes.

Onto™ is increasingly used in sectors as diverse as wind energy, aerospace and sporting goods and is enabling manufacturers to deliver large efficiencies.

Onto™ is being deployed very effectively by Polkima, an industry leader in Turkey producing advanced tooling solutions and finished composite parts. Anthony Gallia, Polkima Chairman, said: “Onto™ has enable us to reduce the labour time required to prepare parts for painting by 90%, with a huge cost saving. This allows a significant productivity improvement in our ability to paint composite parts.”

Terence Warmbier, Oxford Advanced Surfaces Head of Business Development said: “We are well on track to hitting the 1m square foot milestone and the composites industry is increasingly seeing the advantage of surface preparation without having to sand or other form of abrasion. It’s cheaper, quicker, safer and better for the environment. What’s not to like!?”

Other customers have commented: “Onto™ has become a critical part of our manufacturing process; we could not manage without it….”

The incorporation of Onto™ into the production process will remove the requirement for sanding prior to painting. Sanding or abrasion as a surface preparation is slow and labour intensive, risks damaging parts (over-sanding produces scrap parts) and dirty (all the dust that is removed needs to be extracted and workers need to wear respiration PPE).

The unique patented technology of Onto™ has already been proven in demanding applications in automotive, transportation, motorsport, defense and sporting goods, and is specifically designed to exploit the maximum potential of modern materials. It provides a practical approach to surface preparation that reduces processing time, reduces cost, improves adhesion, and is easily repeatable.

Onto™ removes all the current issues with surface preparation with a simple process that works for composites and a wide range of engineering plastics.

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