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P2i’s ion-mask™ technology for the Lifestyle sector is our longest established offering and has enjoyed great success providing water protection to footwear and accessories such as gloves and hats.  The technology works particularly well on items that can hold their own shape under a vacuum process, with smaller items ensuring the commercial validity of the technology. 

P2i’s technology is deployed into lifestyle manufacturing in a number of ways. For most brands the owner operator licensing model provides the most cost effective solution, by purchasing equipment to run their own processing. We can also offer processing via P2i authorized processing centres, for example customers with manufacturing which occurs in Indonesia currently have the option to have items processed on a contract bases.  Either way, the core technology remains the same and the process follows these simple steps:

  • The process begins by loading the items into the chamber. 

  • The system is then brought down to low pressure and an initial phase of plasma activates the surfaces, ensuring water and other contaminants that could disrupt the bonding are removed, and free-radical sites are created.

  • The monomer is added as a gas and forms covalent bonds with the radical sites, making it extremely durable.

  • Pulsed radio frequency plasma then allows the polymerization of the monomer, which forms the hydrophobic layer.

  • The chamber is returned to room pressure and the items removed without any change to the look or feel. With no requirement for post-curing, the product is ready for use.