SLIPS Repel from Adaptive Surface Technologies has an ultra-thin slippery surface that helps reduce residue build-up.


  • Reduced waste
  • Increased uptime
  • Reduced chemical use


  • Manufacturing
  • Food & beverage industry
  • Water supply

UN Sustainable Development Goals Addressed

  • Goal 11: Sustainable Cities & Communities

The Challenge

Industrial liquid containers often have excessive residue build-up. This residue needs to be removed consistently, resulting in down time of the containers and high product waste. Additionally, the cleaning products are often harmful to the environment and produce unnecessary waste.

Innovation Details

The SLIPS® Repel™ system has a polymeric coating that is applied to the container walls and a liquid lubricant layer that is held in place by the polymeric substrate. The lubricant layer enables the coating to remain permanently wet, causing viscous liquids to easily slide off, reducing residue.

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Biological Model

Pitcher plants trap insects and other small prey when they land on the rounded rim of the pitcher and fall in, ending up in a pool of digestive juices. The surface of the rounded rim is especially slippery, making it difficult for insects to grab hold and escape. The pitcher owes its slipperiness to a thin wet film on the surface, which drastically reduces friction between the plant and insect feet.