Thermal Coatings Firm Wins Prize


A London-based coatings technology startup has won an award for its innovative new thermal paste.

Sensor Coating Systems Ltd., based in east London, won the second place Royal Society of Chemistry award for the materials and enabling technologies category of Emerging Technologies Competition 2017.

SCS specializes in thermal paints and coatings. According to an announcement prepared by the company's home base, Londoneast-uk Business and Technical Park, the startup’s entry into the competition will replace current industry standard thermal paints, while providing advantages in power generation, automotive and other sectors.

Thermal History Coatings

Thermal history coatings sense temperatures across surfaces that are exposed to high heat, recording overall peak operating temperatures.

Traditional thermal coatings change color permanently, given the chemical changes that occur at high temperatures. When these changes occur, they are then compared to the relevant charts in order to determine approximate peak surface temps.

SCS’s thermal coatings use the innate luminescence of phosphors to create a lasting "thermal history" of a surface. The luminescence permanently changes due to thermal exposure; after exposure, the thermal history of the coated surface can be "read" using an optical probe.

SCS’s product can detect a wide range of temperatures—between 300 and 1,400 degrees Celsius (about 500-2,500 degrees Fahrenheit), and the company says it has the potential to eventually read even higher temperatures. According to the company, the product is accurate to within 5 to 10 degrees Celsius, and the coating can also be applied as an atmospheric plasma spray, which can withstand harsh environments for longer periods than traditional thermal coatings.

SCS notes that the thermal history can be read while the piece of machinery in question is still intact, without dissassembly.

RCS Award

For the Emerging Technologies Competition, 40 shortlisted entrants submitted their ideas to the judges at Chemistry Means Business, a two-day event held by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Winners were announced at a June 13 award ceremony, with SCS taking its place in the materials and enabling technologies section.

“The team at Sensor Coating Systems is extremely delighted to win this prestigious award,” said Jörg Feist, the managing director of SCS. “We have made lots of progress since our incorporation in 2012. The well experienced jury recognized this progress and the uniqueness of our technology which is solving a real-world problem.”

As part of its award, SCS will receive business support from the competition’s multinational partner companies, along with business training, media support, financial mentoring and a cash prize of over $13,000.


Tagged categories: AS; Asia Pacific; Awards and honors; Coating chemistry; Coating Materials; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); EU; Galvanized/thermal spray coatings; Latin America; NA; North America; SA; Thermal spray

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