Hartland WI – Pillar Technologies’ Director of Technology, Mr. Richard Washebeck, and Mechanical Design Supervisor, Robert Kleinschmidt, were inducted into the ITW Patent Society in recognition of their proprietary Narrow Web Corona Treater design. Founded in 1970, the ITW Patent Society is an honorary organization initiated for the purpose of recognizing those employees who have made important creative patentable contributions that have enhanced the commercial purpose and success of ITW.
Corona treatment is the most common method of increasing surface energy on substrates to promote adhesion when printing, coating or laminating. US patent # 6,894,279 B2 explains how the corona treater is adapted in use with a printing press. The unit is prewired at the factory featuring adjustable mounting plate and adjustable treat widths conform to most existing press configurations. The system can run line speeds over 700 fpm in sizes from 7.5 to 26 inches. The system is powered by an attached P6000 power supply that is available from .5 to 3.5 kilowatts. Safety interlocks were installed virtually shutting the system down when the electrode is out of position. The station is available in top side, bottom side and two side treat configurations.