Robert DeAngelis, president, Precision Coating Co. Inc., Hudson Exclusive Interview with Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Posted Aug 17, 2016 10:48:27 AM
By Bob DeAngelis

Mr. DeAngelis has been president of Precision Coating since 2006.

He has since gone on to expand the business by acquiring Boyd Coating Research in January 2016, as well as working to establish a new operations facility in Costa Rica. With the recent acquisition of Boyd Coating Research, Precision Coating currently has more than 150 employees.

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Robert DeAngelis, owner of Precision Coating Co., holds a product his company produces, a medical guide wire coated in Teflon, in the lab section of his Hudson business.

 

T&G Staff/Christine Peterson Precision Coating Company is a Hudson manufacturing company that has supported the medical field since 1954 by specializing in PTFE and Teflon coating of medical devices, such as guide wires and hypotubes.


How did you become president, and what made you interested in Precision Coating?

“I bought Precision Coating in 2006, and that was the beginning. I came out of the chemical industry, and worked for a chemical company for over 17 years, so I understood chemistry and the general principles of the markets that we serve. I was very interested in the medical device products and the medical applications of coating, which is what attracted me to the position.”
Can you describe what it means for something to be PTFE-coated?

“Teflon is applied to metals at high temperatures. The general characteristics of Teflon are that it’s temperature resistant, chemical resistant, very low cryogenic temperature resistant, has low friction, and high release – those are the properties that you would apply to a substrate like, say, a barrel. The inside of that barrel is probably coated in a plastic, so that the hazardous waste doesn’t rust out the metal. It would be an expensive application, but you could use Teflon. We apply Teflon to medical wires so blood doesn’t coagulate or stick to it, and any other plastics that flow over it can slide easily. It’s sprayed and baked at very high temperatures, in excess at 500 to 700 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s a very specialized and technical application.”

How does your work directly benefit the medical field?

“It allows doctors to use their products without endangering a patient’s safety. If you didn’t have the coating on there and you were trying to slide something over it, it would be as if you were pushing on a rope. You don’t want that. The wire goes in easily because it’s coated, and then doctors slide plastics or catheters over it, and they don’t want any friction or any resistance, so the coating allows it to slide on. That’s a simple application. It’s also used in the tooling and manufacturing of medical devices, so those too have to be made. They’ll use another wire called a mandrel, which the tube will flow over, and the coating prevents it from sticking. Coating is used in hundreds of applications. It’s also a protective layer. Not that patients are allergic to metals, but you’re putting a wire into a body, and someone might be allergic to the nickel in the stainless steel, so the coating acts as a protective layer in rare cases.”

What can you say about your recent procurement of Boyd Coating Research?

“We were basically the No. 1 and No. 2 medical device coating companies in the world, so we joined forces. The owner of Boyd retired, and he sold his company to my partners and I. We got a world-class facility, and because Precision Coating was in a smaller facility and growing, we outgrew our space, and we needed more. This is an expansion. There’s almost 50,000 square feet here. Precision Coating’s other facility was operating in 15,000 square feet doing the same level of business. We also picked up some coating technology and formulations. We do our own formulations now. Boyd brought a world-class facility, world-class lean manufacturing methods, and formulation capabilities. Precision Coating brought a broad and expansive customer list in medical products, an investment into a Costa Rica facility, and a medical device focus. Our business is now almost exclusively medical.”

What will Precision Coating gain with the new expansion in Costa Rica?

“All of our customers have production operations there. There are over 65 medical device manufacturing companies in Costa Rica. We’re expanding globally, so it’s another production site. We’re getting new business, along with the existing business that we’re already receiving. The market for medical devices is growing, and we want to participate in that growth.”

Compiled by correspondent Erin Bassler (Orginal article published on August 14, 2016: http://www.telegram.com/news/20160814/robert-deangelis-president-precision-coating-co-inc-hudson)