Pipe Restoration Technologies, LLC (PRT), announced today that they have been awarded Patent #8354140 by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
This patent is focused on enhancements to ePIPE pipe restoration technology that provides for an internal barrier coating process for corrosion control applied internally in pipes while the pipes remain in-place, preventing leaks and reducing the effects of internal pipe corrosion without having to use conventional repair and repiping methods. This patent covers pipes used to carry potable water, natural gas, fire sprinkler systems and drains.
“Our research and development team are proud of our ongoing innovation program and this accomplishment. This is our 7th patent that focuses on in-place restoration technologies.” said Larry Gillanders, CEO
The ACE DuraFlo®, ePIPE® team has been twice nominated for the US National Medal of Technology and Innovation. In Canada, Larry Gillanders, has been qualified as a candidate for the 2013 Manning Awards for Innovation.
The US National Medal of Technology and Innovation is the highest honor for technological achievement bestowed by the President of the United States on America’s leading innovators.
Supporters of the ePIPE nomination for this honor included Dr. Marc Edwards, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering of Virginia Tech. Dr. Edwards has been honored by the White House with a National Science Foundation Presidential Faculty Fellowship.
The patented ePIPE process involves restoring pipes in-place, with an application of an epoxy barrier coating resulting in a restored epoxy lined piping system. The process provides for a solution for pinhole leaks, epoxy lining, corrosion control and prevention of lead leaching from pipes for both commercial and residential piping systems. ePIPE service providers are located in the US, Canada, UK, Mexico, Europe and Russia. ePIPE products are sold under the brand names PurPipe®, Nu Pipe® and ePIPE®.