The chemical activation of plastics for the purpose of overcoating or bonding generally requires harsh conditions. Thus chromic-sulfuric acid for ABS-plastics and sodium naphthalenide in tetrahydrofuran for fluorocarbons are used as activators. How-ever, these substances are flammable or toxic and must not be released! These treatment methods can be replaced by the use of various plasma processes.
Also the anti-felting of wool based on chloric compounds can be substituted by a more environmentally compatible plasma treatment. Moreover, plasma technology can also reduce environmental pollution in existing industrial processes by decomposing undesired (e.g. nasty smelling) or noxious waste gases by an appropriate plasma waste gas cleaning stage. This can also be applied to engine exhaust fumes.