NanoMech Wins 2017 Edison Award

nGlide® Superflo Coating Lubricant Makes Superior Aerodynamic Vehicles Possible

nGlide® Superflo SPF Coating Lubricant (Photo: Business Wire)

SPRINGDALE, Ark.--()--NanoMech Industries has been named a 2017 Award Winner by the internationally renowned Edison Awards™. The distinguished awards, inspired by Thomas Edison’s persistence and inventiveness, recognize the top in innovation, creativity and ingenuity in the global economy. This honor is the third Edison Award in four years for NanoMech, a truly historic achievement never before accomplished by an Arkansas-based company.

“It’s exciting to see companies like NanoMech continuing Thomas Edison’s legacy of challenging conventional thinking,” said Frank Bonafilia, Edison’s Awards’ executive director. Edison Awards recognizes the game-changing products and services and the teams that brought them to consumers.

nGlide® Superflo SPF Coating Lubricant

The patented macromolecular powered nGlide® Superflo is a specially formulated, spray-on high temperature coating lubricant that has been engineered to not only increase the efficiency/performance of metal processing, but also to ensure a higher level of protection for the equipment it runs on. It utilizes a blend of proprietary nano-engineered multi-component materials to achieve difficult superplastic metal forming (100%+ sheet metal elongation rate for aerodynamic body) and manufacturing yield. nGlide® Superflo has demonstrated success at SPF (High Temperature Superplastic Forming) with major 30% productivity enhancement, better surface finish and staggering 67% reduction in part cleaning time under severe SPF metal forming conditions. This innovation is based on an environmentally friendly water-based system, easy to apply, non-staining and non-corrosive. Meanwhile, it only costs 33% of legacy product ($60-75/gallon compared to $190+/gallon), demonstrating NanoMech’s “less-is-more” sustainability mission critical supremacy. It strategically increases industrial competitiveness and consumer value. nGlide® Superflo has the ability to make the SPF process a reality for traditional automotive OEMs such that advanced energy-saving body designs can be manufactured in high volume and at an affordable price.

Key Benefits:

  • 30% productivity enhancement by providing less intervention from less or no material accumulation in the die;
  • Less surface defects such as galling on die and blanks by providing superior coating adhesion and super low friction;
  • Post-treatment productivity enhancement by providing easy cleaning and good metal finish;
  • Enhancement of longevity of system by providing no metal corrosion

James M. Phillips, Chairman and CEO NanoMech Industries, stated, “Globally, automotive vehicles, aircraft, race cars, spacecraft, and motorbikes demand complex aerodynamic and aesthetically appealing body shapes, that simultaneously increase fuel efficiency, control and safety. These bodies are monolithic lightweight metals manufactured by superplastic forming (SPF), using complex dies under severe pressure and temperature demanding high productivity that is dramatically improved by our award winning nGlide® Superflo.”

Dr. Ajay P. Malshe, CTO and Founder, added “nGlide® Superflo has the ability to make the SPF process a reality for advanced vehicle bodies including for automotive OEMs such that advanced energy saving body designs can be realized! They are manufactured by stretching sheet-metals more than 100%, and traditional lubricants fail due to friction, resulting in ruptured parts with production yield. The problem is at nanoscale and therefore the solution must be at nanoscale and nGlide® Superflo is the most advanced nanoengineered multi-functional coating for metal forming applications manufactured in high volume and at an affordable price. nGlide® is the world’s first nano-engineered design innovation, unlike ineffective nano particles approaches."

Deborah Wince-Smith, CEO of the Council on Competitiveness ( and also a member of NanoMech’s Board of Directors, praises NanoMech Industries for their innovative work. “In a world of turbulence, transition and transformation, nothing matters more to the competitiveness of companies and countries than innovation and manufacturing prowess. The ability to develop and deploy the most cutting-edge tools and products to bolster U.S. advanced manufacturing will deliver outsized benefits to the U.S. industrial base. NanoMech and nGlide® are at the leading edge of a resurgent U.S. manufacturing capability – one that is not dumb, dirty, dangerous and disappearing: but is smart, safe, sustainable and surging.”


Originally established in 1987 by the American Marketing Association, but an independent organization since 2008, the Edison Awards™ have recognized and honored some of the most innovative products and business leaders in the world and is among the most prestigious accolades honoring excellence in new product and service development, marketing, design and innovation.

Edison Awards is a program of Edison Universe, a 501(c)(3) organization. While our awards honor innovation, recognize achievement and celebrate success from organizations across the globe, Edison Universe is focused on fostering innovation. Edison Universe celebrates natural curiosity, supports discovery, promotes the core skills and processes of innovation, and helps foster a deeper understanding of teamwork and experimentation. A few key objectives are promoting innovation concepts and curriculum in a variety of media; mentoring and encouraging students, and bridging students to industry. For more information about the Edison Awards, Edison Universe and a list of past winners, visit


NanoMech, an ISO 9001:2015 certified organization, is focused on patented platform nanomanufacturing technologies that offer a broad range of high value market opportunities. The operating vision of NanoMech is to be the highest quality world leader in nanomanufacturing innovation with swift product development and an emphasis on platform technologies that are scalable for efficient mass production. The company’s products have applications in high-level energy manufacturing, machining, lubrication, highly durable and sustainable protective multi-functional coatings for metals and textiles, as well as consumer products, oil and gas, marine, racing, heavy-duty trucking, automotive, aerospace, electronic vehicles and strategic military applications.


NanoMech, Inc.
Wyatt Watkins


NanoMech, Inc.
Wyatt Watkins