Airable Research Lab is founded on a successful history of soy-based technology R&D. For years, our experienced researchers have partnered with industry and academia to develop and commercialize products that meet the escalating demand for sustainable products that don’t compromise on performance.
A USDA Certified Biobased Product, Roof Maxx is an earth-friendly, effective, and affordable alternative to roof replacement or the application of traditional roof sealants. The product uses Soy-Fusion Technology to extend the life of roofing shingles, reducing waste and conserving valuable resources—for a cost significantly lower than roof replacement. Roof Maxx received fourth place in the “Bio-Based Material of the Year 2018” Innovation Awards.
Airable partnered with LFS Chemistry to develop a soy-based scale-inhibiting additive that prevents the buildup of calcium scale in water systems, with specific applications in the oil and gas industry.
DeWalt Bar & Chain Oil
Airable worked with Stanley Black & Decker to develop the soy-based DeWalt Bar & Chain Oil. It’s the first bar and chain oil in North America to hold a USDA certified mark and is certified ultimate biodegradable. The product has been independently tested and shown to outperform petroleum.
This bio-based technology replaces oil-based polyols used to produce adhesives, both rigid and flexible foams, and polyurethane coatings. The polyol can be used in a range of products—from furniture to vehicles to paints—at a similar price point to fossil-fuel-based solutions. Product performance, too, is superior, while the final product’s environmental footprint is reduced. Airable Research Lab teamed with Battelle Memorial Institute to develop the soy-based polyol, which received a 2007 R&D 100 Award, and ultimately licensed the technology to Emery Oleochemicals.
Airable Research Lab partnered with Battelle Memorial Institute to develop a bio-based alternative to materials traditionally derived from petroleum-based feedstocks. The soy-based additive provides the final products with flexibility and durability comparable to those that use phthalate esters—but with a path to sustainability. The soy-based plasticizer, which was licensed to PolyOne™ and branded reFlex™, has been used in a range of products—most recently Okabashi flip-flops.
Light Curable Coatings™
We supported the development of a UV-cured, high-performance, bio-preferred floor coating with no volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The clean, green soy-acrylate-based product delivers exceptionally low cure times and meets or exceeds industry targets for appearance, hardness, adhesion, solvent resistance, and application temperature. Light Curable Coatings was honored with two 2018 R&D 100 Awards, including a Special Recognition for Green Technology.