ChIPS: Lower Cost, Higher Quality, Less Environmental and Health Risk
4Ry’s patented Spray Triode Atomizer and Charge Injected Precision Spraying, or ChIPS, alters the economics of spraying. Costs are substantially lowered, spray quality enhanced, and health and environmental risks reduced.
When a charge is imparted to a fluid, the size, development, and characteristics of the droplets are governed by their surface charge. Droplets with like charges repel (Coulomb repulsion) each other and eliminate the need for propellants in a spray.
Behavior of the spray itself is governed by the surface charge on the droplets. The spray is a precise, targeted array of droplets, not a mist subject to drift and random air currents. Traditionally, water and fillers have been added to sprays to enhance spray quality. ChIPS eliminates water and fillers, many of which pose health and environmental risks. 4Ry’s technology requires only the spray’s active ingredient. The fillers currently used are costly and pose health and environmental risks.
The negatively charged droplets from the grounded sprayer seek a ground, the target of the spray. They thoroughly coat the target, including irregular surfaces, with active ingredient, not water and fillers. There is little or no overspray or aerosol drift. Conventional spraying’s aerosol drift is wasteful and poses a risk of both operator inhalation and environmental harm.
ChIPS Technology Applications
The Spray Triode Atomizer and ChIPS are the foundation of 4Ry’s business. They open the door to substantial cost savings, enhanced spray quality, and reduced health and environmental risks in a variety of applications. 4Ry has targeted five key applications for ChIPS technology.
- Aerosol Personal Care Products
- Precision Drone Crop Spraying
- Livestock and Meat Safety
- Eradicating Insect-Borne Diseases
- Industrial Painting and Coating
For details about these applications, please see the ChIPS Technologies and Applications page.
These applications involve multi-billion dollar industries. 4Ry is currently doing testing and developmental work with companies, government agencies, and academic institutions involved with those industries. They value the transformative potential of ChIPS, but the technology must be adapted for individual applications. Adaptations may require significant changes in equipment, production processes, and marketing. Progress has been deliberate and incremental, but ongoing.
A 4Ry-funded study at Rutgers University has demonstrated the feasibility of precision drone crop spraying. Drone spraying has been hampered by drones’ inability to carry the large containers required for traditional spraying. Because the Spray Triode Atomizer uses only a crop protection fluid’s active ingredient, drones can carry small containers of that ingredient but still cover the same area as traditional spraying.
Two other 4Ry-targeted ChIPS applications—outdoor appliances and diesel engines—are based on the properties of combustible charged fluid droplets. By increasing its charge, 4Ry’s Spray Triode Atomizer can reduce the average droplet size of a combustible fluid. Smaller charged droplets are more combustible than larger, uncharged droplets. For outdoor appliances and diesel engines, increased fuel combustibility leads to increased efficiency and less environmentally harmful particulate waste.