Sono-Tek Corporation has announced that it is developing an entirely new generation of ultrasonic atomizing nozzles using advanced materials technology and unique new designs. A patent application covering these inventions was recently filed with the US Patent and Trademarks Office. Initial prototype testing has confirmed our expectations with respect to the feasibility of our inventions. This new nozzle technology has been designed to achieve two purposes, both of which are significant enhancements to our current product offerings. The first is its ability to produce much smaller diameter drops than can be generated using our current technology, as low as 5-10 microns. This will be of benefit in a number of areas, including such diverse applications as medical device coatings, nano-particle technology, medical aerosols, spray drying, and optical coatings. Sono-Tek already enjoys many advantages in these areas using our current technology, and we expect that this new technology will enhance our opportunities.
The second purpose of this invention is to allow our nozzle systems to handle significantly higher rates of flow than are possible with our current designs. These new designs will have a significant impact on our WideTrack product line, which is used for coating applications involving glass, textiles and other materials requiring high deposition rates.