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Roll-to-Roll Equipment Program Announced

Thursday, July 15, 2021

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Developer and manufacturer of ultrasonic coating systems Sono-Tech Corporation announced earlier this month that it was launching a new program for the development of roll-to-roll coating equipment for the manufacturing of high-volume proton-exchange membrane fuel cells.

“We’re very excited to add this new program to our portfolio of growth initiatives,” said Steve Harshbarger, President of Sono-Tek. “Sono-Tek has built up substantial cash reserves and this is one of several major business development programs going forward that will benefit from our strong financial position.

“The expert organization that we’ve partnered with has a proven track record for successfully implementing the highest level of PEM production with premier fuel cell companies.  Working together, we believe that our combined expertise will accelerate Sono-Tek’s ability to provide equipment with increased throughput speeds, which is becoming the required standard as fuel cell technology becomes more fully integrated into the world.”

Sono-Tech Corporation

Developer and manufacturer of ultrasonic coating systems Sono-Tech Corporation announced earlier this month that it was launching a new program for the development of roll-to-roll coating equipment for the manufacturing of high-volume proton-exchange membrane fuel cells.

While the partnering company has not been named at this time, the Sono-Tech reports that it has a proven track record for successfully implementing the highest level of PEM production with premier fuel cell companies. In addition, Sono-Tech reports that there are several milestones of achievement written into the partnership agreement which are expected to allow for significant product enhancements to be released to the Sono-Tek customer base during the development process.

The program is expected to take approximately two years to complete.

“Although this program is primarily focused for our PEM Fuel Cell customer base, we anticipate that its achievements will be transferable to our equipment for coating membranes in CO2 reduction and carbon capture applications,” Harshbarger continued. “This is an area that has recently gained a great deal of attention and investment by government and private industry around the world to facilitate the reduction of the global carbon footprint.”

In its latest initiative, Sono-Tek aims to apply precise, thin film coatings to protect, strengthen or smooth surfaces on parts and components for the microelectronics/electronics, alternative energy, medical and industrial markets, including specialized glass applications in construction and automotive.

The company adds that its solutions are environmentally friendly, efficient and highly reliable and enable dramatic reductions in overspray, savings in raw material, water and energy usage and provide improved process repeatability, transfer efficiency, high uniformity and reduced emissions.

Moving forward, the company’s growth strategy focuses on leveraging its innovative technologies, proprietary know-how, unique talent and experience, and global reach to further develop microscopic coating technologies that enable better outcomes for its customers’ products and processes.

Sono-Tech Sells 300th Ultrasonic Spray System

Earlier this year, the company announced that it had sold its 300th ultrasonic coating system for manufacturing fuel cells and electrolyzers.

Notably, the 300th machine sale was a large platform electrolyzer coating system, directed at converting environmentally harmful CO2 emissions into a useable fuel source. The end product produced by Sono-Tek’s customers for this market can help reduce the global carbon footprint by implementing it onto large carbon emitting manufacturing processes, while creating a revenue stream from the fuel byproduct.

Back in 2008, when Sono-Tek first started tracking the industry, the company found that the market was just emerging and quickly realized that the inherent benefits of its proprietary ultrasonic spray coatings provided significant advantages to fuel cell manufacturers in the development of solid oxide fuel cells, PEM fuel cells, and electrolyzers.

“The 300th sale milestone caps an exciting journey over the past 10+ years,” said Brian Booth, Electronics and Advanced Energy Division Director at Sono-Tek. “During that time, we’ve witnessed the industry transform from mostly R&D systems to growing demand for the production of significantly more complex, high speed, customized solutions for both fuel cells and electrolyzers.

“Our technical team has excelled in satisfying customer challenges for scale up, creating a bright outlook for the future of Sono-Tek as one of the go-to suppliers in the industry.”

Overtime, the company further leveraged its growing knowledge and expertise in coatings to enhance the capabilities of its spray equipment specifically for electrocatalyst spray applications and to expand Sono-Tek’s offerings.

Other recent additions added to the company’s portfolio have been its ExactaCoat OP3 and VersiCoat conveyorized enclosure for continuous coating lines. Additional new features include Sono-Tek’s DuraFlow pump for high flow continuous applications, PEM inverters, and active flow rate monitoring that help support the growing requirements for production fuel cell applications.

New developments and advances to Sono-Tek’s systems are identified from customer relationships and requirements and developed in-house by the Company’s highly skilled team of five applications engineers and 15 product engineers.

“Sono-Tek’s sales and innovation to the fuel cell/electrocatalyst industry have remained robust despite the impact of the global pandemic on many industries,” said Bennett Bruntil, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Sono-Tek. “We are proud to be part of the path that is developing a growing hydrogen infrastructure where renewable energy from solar and wind can be converted into hydrogen fuel. Since our coating technology is used in both the supply and consumption of hydrogen, we believe that we are part of the solution and positioned to make a significant impact on a cleaner energy future.”

   

Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; Coatings manufacturers; Developers; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Equipment manufacturers; Latin America; North America; Partnerships; Research and development; Sono-Tek Corporation; Tools & Equipment; Z-Continents

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