Enwin-UWindsor collaboration creates anti-corrosion spray for equipment

A new Windsor business created a new spray that combats corrosion. It was developed in a partnership with the Enwin Group and the University of Windsor.

'I am very proud to create something useful here in Windsor'

John Wladarski, COO of Enwin Utilities and president of ONtech Rapid Coatings says the new spray will be longer lasting than those on the market. (Stacey Janzer/CBC)

A new product made in Windsor is already helping to extend the life of energy equipment in the city.

ONtech Rapid Coatings created a dual-flow cold spray which stops corrosive damage and protects corrosive-prone equipment.

The spray was a collaboration between the Enwin Group and the University of Windsor's Institute for Diagnostic Imaging Research (IDIR). ONtech already has customers lined up, said John Wladarski, COO of Enwin Utilities and president of ONtech Rapid Coatings.

Even though there are solutions on the market that paint over rust and some polymer coatings, he said this spray is one step better.

"Our technology takes the coating solution a little further and quite frankly make a much longer lasting surface that will help avoid corrosion for years to come," Wladarski said.

One metal box, top, is affected by corrosion while the other in perfect condition. (Stacey Janzer/CBC)

So far the product has been used in Windsor and in a pilot project in Toronto. There are more pilots projects on the way as well.

Wladarski also hopes to expand the use to other markets, like the automotive and aerospace industries..

On top of that, Wladarski said the spray technology will also benefit energy customers. he said consumers would not face outages to have repairs done on equipment, saving them money.

Although Wladarski said all assets will eventually need to be replaced. But savings would come from not having to purchase new items earlier than required because of corrosive damage.

The collaboration began in 2012 after IDIR received a grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

Dr. Roman Maev, the founding director of IDIR, worked on the solution with 20 to 25 people over six years.

He is also the CEO of Tessonics, which is a 50/50 partner with Enwin on the new company ONtech. Maev said Enwin is a good partner to have for this endeavour.

Mayor Drew Dilkens, Helga Reidel, CEO of Enwin and Dr. Douglas Kneale, interim president of the University of Windsor, joined Dr. Roman Maev and John Wladarski and the announcement of their business partnership. (Stacey Janzer/CBC)

"We're lucky because John Wladarski and his technical team, they're knowledgeable and they know what they want," he said.

The company has four part-time staff and it plans to expand. So far Maev has acquired three patents and has four applications for patents that are being processed.

"I am very proud to create something useful here in Windsor and I'm sure that in the next three to five years, we will double, triple maybe the positions. We will hire more and more people."