Swedish antifouling bio-tech innovator I-Tech AB has developed a new ‘drop-in, dust-free’ dissolvable packaging system to enhance the way the active agent Selektope® is added to marine coatings during the manufacturing process. Packo screw lid jars are part of the system and provide protection during transport.
The expanded polystyrene (EPS) container, which can be added to paint without being opened, fully dissolves almost instantaneously without leaving any traces in the coating system. This innovative packaging therefore allows for the dust free charging of 100% Selektope® powder material to a liquid paint batch, eliminating dust formation. It also allows the paint manufacturer to make optimal use of available Selektope® and improves safety in the paint processing plant.
Each EPS container is supplied within a Packo HDPE screw lid jar with locking mechanism, making it durable with improved impact resistance for transport. The complete EPS container system can hold 300-800g of medetomidine (the chemical name for Selektope®) as a dry powder within a very low weight (18g) EPS container.
The formal launch of the EPS follows extensive testing. The packaging has also been qualified for use during the manufacturing process by I-Tech’s where the innovation functions to constantly improve safety, with great success without compromising paint performance.
Philip Chaabane, CEO of I-TECH AB, comments: “This latest innovation from I-Tech supports our customers in the safe use of Selektope® and is a game-changer for the addition of biocides during the paint manufacturing process. In recent years, I-Tech has been successful in scaling up the production of its unique technology from quantities measured in kilos to a robust manufacturing platform producing at multiple tons scale. This latest invention supports the increasing uptake of this breakthrough technology in the market.”
Selektope® is the organic, non-metal compound whose efficiency in preventing barnacle fouling has enabled traditional marine coatings suppliers to develop products that deliver superior hard fouling protection, lower water resistance, decreased fuel consumption, and reduced maintenance costs. Characterized by high efficacy at extremely low concentrations (0.1% w/w) with ultra-low leaching, the biocide repels barnacle settlement on ships’ hulls by temporarily stimulating the barnacle larvae’s swimming behavior.