An interview with Pavlo Rudenko.
One: Why is your product packaged in two containers?
To optimize this industrial product, we set a goal of obtaining the highest efficacy. An increase in efficacy requires retarding any reaction occurring during storage and transportation. To eliminate these effects and provide our customers with the highest performance, we separate the components. Applying the first component (A) forms a cured, primary base, while component (B) increases mechanical efficiency as a secondary top layer.
A single application of DuoLife costs quite a bit. What kind of machine applications can recoup that expense? High-performance functional coatings require expensive equipment and controlled conditions. Comparable technologies are affordable to aerospace, military or mission-critical applications. We deliver a coating to already field-deployed machinery without transporting parts to a lab to provide a metal treatment.
For example: Turbine gearboxes are designed and financed to last for 20 years, but their average life span is only seven years. Replacing a turbine gearbox costs $100,000 to $250,000, and routine maintenance and repair costs amount to an additional $10,000 annually. Every day of downtime cost about $2,000 in lost revenues. The value our product delivers becomes obvious when compared to these large repair costs.
You’ve spoken of DuoLife’s two-layer “sandwich” where one side is sticky and the other is slick. How is that physical property advantageous to your customers compared to alternatives?
Functional coatings already solved longevity problems in newer hard drives, jet engines, razor blades. New generation industrial machines are continuously improved by advanced surface treatment such as carburization, boriding, nitriding or coatings during manufacturing. We bring similar cutting edge coating technology to the machines that have been deployed years or decades before without disassembly. That is possible due to crafted nanoparticles that are attached only by one side to the surface leaving another slippery side to combat friction. While the technology can be applied system wide, the real value is in failure intervention.
Wind generators are frequently inaccessible in the winter – or they may be off-shore. Remote repairs are extremely expensive. Obviously, our product cannot fix broken gear teeth or a cracked gearbox case. But if you detect initial micro pitting or an increase in running temperature before catastrophic failure, DuoLife will reduce the potential for machine failure. Not every failure can be diagnosed correctly or soon enough, so we offer a simple warranty – if mechanical performance is not improved – we fully refund the purchase price with no questions asked.
What is the process of installing DuoLife? Are there any special instructions? Any special handling or preparation? Can it be added while the machinery is running, or does it have to be shut down?
We recommend you use the safest, common-sense procedure. Warm up the machine by running at normal conditions until the operating temperature is reached, then shut down the machine. Add component A, and run your equipment for an hour at normal conditions. Shut down the machine again, and add component B. The full benefit is reached in about 100 working hours.
Does DuoLife work on a molecular or an atomic level?
Every chemical works on the molecular or atomic level. But your question really is, “How is this product different from traditional chemicals?” Our structured nano particles are a thousand times larger than molecules. These particles interact with surface roughness and interfacial pressure. Have you ever tried to squeeze a molecule? Pressure and temperature activate our product’s mechanisms to produce an exceptional coating formation.
How much turbine-performance improvement can be expected?
Lab results show a consistent dramatic friction reduction of up to 10 times, which we expect can lead to an increase in gearbox longevity by at least 20 percent. This extended performance time can be especially crucial for the wind industry during winter months when repairs often cannot be made due to adverse weather conditions. If repairs are impossible or too expensive, there is a substantial loss in power output and revenue. Engineers and technicians can accurately monitor and predict imminent failure via universal condition-monitoring systems – and TriboTEX provides a missing solution to intervene, to prevent, or to delay the predicted failure.