Feasibility study on a new spray coating process
Myretex Ltd. is a mechanical engineering service provider which has operated in
Cork since 1992.
Myretex are dedicated to providing their client base with a service that incorporates the highest standards of workmanship, reliability, quality and safety.
They have a broad range of services which have been developed over the past 27 years to meets the needs of an ever-changing market. Their expertise includes but is not limited to;
Pipework Vessel & Skid Fabrication
Welding and Fabrication
Plant and Machine services
Mechanical Design & Consultation services
Myretex is an indigenous microSME in the metal engineering sector, with particular activity and interests in surface coatings for thermal management (e.g. in motorsport exhaust pipes and systems).
Problem to Be Solved:
An investigation of the feasibility of an in-house spray coating process for dry lubricant coatings
How PEM Gateway Delivered Solution for Industry:
The Principal Investigator researched the material characterisation (Scanning Electron Microscopy, SEM) of coated samples produced by the company and their in-house process, to evaluate the properties of the existing coatings.
Figure 1. SEM image (x 2,000 magnification) of a coated specimen, revealing the coating morphology.
Impact for the Company:
R&D project that created data and knowledge for a possible expansion of the company’s activities in this new area of dry lubricants and relevant new markets
“The input of the PEM Gateway in Sligo IT was very valuable to Myretex Ltd. in evaluating the properties of our coatings. The characterisation work was carried out efficiently and with full co-operation. The advice and suggestions made were also advantageous in our own decision making process.”
Niall Guinevan, Project Manager