4M has proven to the industry that the patented atmospheric plasma technology produces an equal or better fiber. Our oven is 1/3rd the size of conventional technology for the same production capacity, and utilizes 75% less energy. The technology reduces the cost of carbon fiber by approximately $3 per pound. This cost and time reduction will be the disruptive technology that increases the use of carbon fiber beyond the already massive projected growth.
Oxidation is a critical step in the production of carbon fibers because it takes the most time and is the most troublesome. 4M’s Plasma Oxidation ovens resolve both issues. This significantly reduces the fiber handling issues and eliminates other operational issues. Because plasma oxidation oxidizes the precursor material faster and uses less energy, carbon fiber production will be much more profitable. This technology enables the production of up to three times as much product in the same operational footprint, utilizes less energy and less personnel resolving a significant barrier to meeting market growth targets using traditional technology.