Before there the Tech-Patch, there was the “Eureka” moment of the Polymer Bonding Process. Any permanent patch, almost by definition, must be made from a flexible polymer. Additionally, that patch must have extraordinary resistance to gas, oil, water, weather, so on and so forth. The Eureka moment occurred in November, 2016, while the request came in January, 2017.
What was the request? … the challenging request?
At a trade show in Pittsburgh, one gentleman watched the speed and versatility of the Process during bonding demonstrations for a lengthy period of time. Finally, he came up and asked a series of questions. Then he introduced himself and made the request. He was a Hazmat supervisor for Allegany County and wondered if we could develop a patch that could be used to stop active gasoline leaks.
These leaks are a common problem, not only in Pittsburgh, but across the country. This problem has existed for awhile. No one has been able to develop an easily implemented solution. With gasoline flooding a street. any solution must be quick, the faster the better. Loving challenges, I said that we would try and find a solutions. It was immediately obvious that any solution would involve a flexible polymer, of which there are many. various silicones, nitrile, buMA, poly-vinyl, butadiene, etc.
Over the next several months, we tested recommended polymers. None of which met are requirements for fuel resistance. Eventually, we identified the polymer used by the automotive and aerospace industries in high stress environments, fluorosilicone (FVMQ). What gives fluorosilicone it’s outstanding durability? The fact that the surface is reinforced by polyfluoroalkyl side groups. Translation,? A poly reinforcing a poly. FVMQ aced all of our tests, as it has done in other industries..
Once we found the right flexible polymer, we developed both a prototype and the application procedures. We say procedures plural because sometimes the repair will be done by one person, Occasionally, four hands will be necessary for a repair. Two situations, two techniques. We have workable solutions for both scenarios. Our issue is that you have to order at least a hundred patches to get costs down. When we are ordering 1000’s of patches at a time the cost will be more than reasonable. Would happily partner with the right angel.
The design of the Tech-Patch
Once we identified fluorosilicone as the patch material, we needed to develop the design for the Hazmat patches. Next, what would our standard patches look like. You will see our first design in the YouTube video below. Conceptually, it was a good design. Practical, not so much.
As you see in the above video above, our first design included tension tabs. Conceptually they solved the problem of our adhesive running onto fingers, hands and clothes. Trust me, not a fun result. But cutting the tabs proved difficult as being wasteful. We solved the runniness problem by using SI Black, our thicker adhesive. By the way, the Tech-Patch above was put on the gas can in May of 2017. Since then the filled tank has been outside. A couple of dozen times, the tank was placed in sunlight. Of course, the tank ballooned. Not a drop of gas has leaked.
Tech-Patches are the first what we call “Global Solutions”
Leaky tanks and leaky pipes are major problems in the dairy, irrigation and horticulture industries Tank patches are a global solution for these problems. To a lesser degree, Tech-Patches will solve problems in the automotive, single family home and multi-family unit markets. Our patented Process offers a way to provide global solutions for a number of worldwide issues. The second global solutions has been identified (not the Hazmat patch). Again an angel would be helpful. He/she will find the process interesting, fun and, most importantly, profitable.