Montec Research Awarded NASA SBIR Project

Awardee Story Montec Research Awarded NASA SBIR Project
Date: Jul 22, 2002

Source: Montana Associated Technology Roundtables ( click here to go to the source)

Montec Research has been awarded a 'Phase II' competitive contract worth $600,000 from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) under the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program to develop a prototype spray coating systems based on an innovative thermal spray technology that Montec Research began developing within a 'Phase I' SBIR project sponsored by NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio.

Aaron Cook, a Mechanical Engineer and key developer of the technology at Montec Research, states "Powder coating is increasingly being used in place of traditional solvent-based coatings because it contains no volatile organic compounds emissions (VOCs), which are harmful to the environment, and because of its superior finish and wear-resistant qualities. Unfortunately, conventional coating systems require that the powder be melted and cured after it has been applied to an object's surface. This limits their use to coating only objects that can fit in an energy-intensive curing oven and that won't be damaged from being subjected to intense heat."

"The Montec Research coating technology", Cook continues, "combines ultraviolet, or UV, radiation with thermal spray processing to effectively enable high quality powder coating to be applied on objects, such as jet engine components, earth moving equipment and agricultural equipment, that are too large to be coated by standard powder coating systems. Our technology can also be used to coat heat-sensitive objects, such as plastic components found in automotive assemblies, and wood products ranging from guitars to office furniture."

"The 'Holy Grail' of the powder coating industry is to be able to apply and cure coatings on natural woods. Montec Research's technology will have a unique and very valuable opportunity to supply coatings to manufacturers of natural wood products," says Val DeBrunce, Senior Market Manager of industry-leading Morton Powder Coatings.
Morton Powder Coatings and fellow powder coating suppliers H.B. Fuller and Govesan Manufacturing have agreed to provide Montec Research with significant resources to assist in development of the technology.

Montec Research intends to commercialize its coating systems upon the successful completion of its Phase II SBIR project.

About Montec Research Montec Research is a privately held organization headquartered in Butte, Montana that builds value through discovery and innovation. Montec Research develops industrial solutions based on its proprietary ResonantSonicsĂ‚® and thermal processing technologies.

Montec Research has worked with private sector organizations such as The Dow Chemical Company, Dow Corning and Koch Industries as well as government agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, NASA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop many new cutting edge technologies.

For more information contact Rob Kirkey at (406) 723-2222 or via e-mail at rkirkey@montecresearch.com.