Our clients typically contact us with questions of how to leverage additive technologies within their product to enhance performance. The conversation often begins with, "Is it possible to ... ?" Frequently it is someone from marketing or engineering who has a new idea. Sometimes it's someone from Purchasing or R&D trying to find a solution - or a lower cost solution. And sometimes it is management trying to respond to a competitive threat or develop a new product direction. We listen, we explore, we share - and hopefully we work together. Here's a few examples you might relate to.
The manufacturer of a beverage dispenser wanted to improve the taste of the beverage by filtering the source water. The challenge was to develop the filter system and media for the product working within the appliance product itself; without changing molds or water flow. Surfatas developed (designed and contract manufactured) a proprietary and sizeable (universal or "one size fits all") filter media with high flow rate for the customer.
An environmental science company providing remediation solutions for contaminated soil and groundwater sought to boost the heavy-metal adsorptive performance of their treatment formulations. Surfatas provided two additive candidates known for their broad spectrum efficacy of dissolved heavy metals, and the resultant optimized treatment formulas per lab and field studies exceed reduction performance levels for the targeted heavy metal contaminants.
A small appliance marketer had consumer complaints about residual dust from dissolved solids in the water used. Surfatas conducted an extensive study of the appliance mechanics and performance parameters, identified and quantified the problematic dissolved minerals, then developed and tested an adsorptive media for a cost-effective solution.
An Asian manufacturer needed to add health claims for dissolved metals to the performance of their components for drinking water systems. Surfatas provides technical development support and sells this customer a proprietary material used to meet NSF 53 health claim standards.
A multinational firm wanted to add odor absorption properties to its consumable accessory item. Surfatas worked with them to identify relevant VOC’s (malodors), developed a treatment formulation complementary to their media and its application, engineered the process to apply the optimum treatment level utilizing existing production equipment, evaluated with the assistance of third party laboratories the comparative improvements in odor-destroying properties.
An air filtration firm wanted to improve filter life and functionality. Surfatas provided functional additives: (a) an EPA-registered antimicrobial to inhibit aesthetic microbial growth on the filter media, and (b) a molecular sieve to adsorb household odors - in a compatible form for incorporating into polymer substrates by the vendor’s manufacturing processes. Surfatas coordinated third party testing to verify enhanced performance and supplied the additive masterbatches for ongoing production.
A consumer products firm wanted a cost-effective solution to preventing odor and stain causing bacteria and fungus from growing on their products for storage and transport. Today Surfatas provides them an easy-to-use material compatible with their manufacturing process that delivers the expected performance benefits to users. Surfatas ensures the functional materials meet EPA and FDA requirments and associated marketing performance claims.