New properties are aimed in home appliances sector industry in order to facilitate their use by the consumer. In the last years, engineering efforts are focused on achieving those new properties without a penalty in the price. So, instead of creating complex new materials, the modification of their surfaces by using the available technologies becomes the most promising approach for the achievement of the desired functional properties.
Different surface modification (both chemical and physical) techniques and technologies have been tested in the last decades, but they are not valid for home appliances due to their low durability. The challenge is to find the proper surface modification techniques able to ensure the functional properties of the surface for the lifetime of the home appliance.
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