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The future paint brush

Reference number
Coordinator ORKLA HOUSE CARE AB
Funding from Vinnova SEK 1 784 000
Project duration January 2018 - June 2019
Status Completed
Venture Innovationsprojekt i företag 2017
Call innovationsprojekt i företag, Hösten 2017

Purpose and goal

The project has taken a step forward from practical work to theory when it comes to the design of a brush head in a traditional paint brush. The production process of the synthetic fibres has developed to enable a more sustainable process. Also, a scientific based model has been formed for development of paint brushes with improved function, based on the understanding of surface chemistry and capillary forces in the brush head.

Expected results and effects

Long term results: An improved process will lead to more secure deliveries of raw material and a more reliable product. There is a low level of knowledge among some producers of material in Asia when it comes to safe handling of chemicals and variations in the level of quality. Achieved results: By using theory and controlled testing, paint brushes more optimized for paint pick-up of different paints can be developed.

Planned approach and implementation

The project has been led and coordinated by Orkla House Care in Bankeryd, manufacturer of painting tools, together with expert consultants from several companies. These companies have been RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Norner, Tronrud Engineering and ZACCO. The project has been split up in work packages, including everything from literature study, test evaluations and pilot line to IP strategy. Started in beginning of 2018 and ended in mid-2019.

The project description has been provided by the project members themselves and the text has not been looked at by our editors.

Last updated 8 January 2019

Reference number 2017-04351

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