Passivation of stainless steel
About company and project impact
Company with more than thirty five years of experience in offering complete turnkey solutions and equipment for the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and food industries saw the opportunity for improving production process in KET4CleanProduction pilot project.
Main impact of the project was gaining new insights on the influence of various surface passivation procedures on surface chemical composition, morphology and most importantly corrosion resistance of stainless steels used by their company. The systematic studies conducted during the project are valuable for optimizing company's in-house passivation process ,as well as, for possible use of novel environment friendly approaches based on gaseous plasma treatment, which are intriguing and could be used in the near future. New insights gained during the project give company insight in implementation of less harmful chemicals for chemical passivation of the surface with including shorten treatment time which reduces the manufacturing costs and reduce carbon footprint of end product
KET Technology Centers involved
Bay Zoltan Nonprofit Ltd.
Institute Jožef Stefan
Through project's collaboration company was able to implement less harmful chemicals for chemical passivation of the surface with included shorten treatment time which reduces the manufacturing costs and reduce carbon footprint of end product.
Using the knowledge of selected experts in the field of surface treatments and analysis they relatively quickly achieved better quality of their final products. The cooperation with selected institutes in the frame of KET4CleanProduction pilot project represents an excellent foundation for further collaboration in the already commenced development of less aggressive techniques - such as plasma passivation.
Surface nanostructuring of stainless steel after plasma treatment.
Samples treated at different plasma conditions
Key success factors
For Brinox, key success factors of the project were the selection of skilled professionals with many years of expertise in the aforementioned technological field, who were able to administer their knowledge outside the framework of the institute - in real industry applications.
The necessary analytical equipment, that was provided by the Technology Centers, helped to evaluate results and correctly direct the project towards the set goals.
'It was a great experience to apply research methods to industrial scale.'
'The project has helped us to improve technological development of our company.'