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Deal Expands Graco Blast Unit

One year after jumping into the abrasive-blasting equipment field, Graco Inc. has strengthened its stake with a second acquisition.


Free Webinar: Proper Concrete Prep

What does it take to make coatings stick to concrete? Proper application, sure, but one of the most important factors in successful coating work sits on the surface.


Military Coatings Mission Accomplished

Seven historic U.S. Army vehicles will greet this Veterans Day restored to their former glory, thanks to a massive volunteer effort by contractors and suppliers across the coatings industry....


$2.5M Awarded for Shipbuilding Research

Coatings, surface preparation and corrosion control projects will share in more than $2.5 million in funding newly awarded by the National Shipbuilding Research Program.


EPA Sees Wide Risks in Paint Strippers

Methylene chloride, widely used in paint stripping products, poses a health threat to hundreds of thousands of workers, consumers and project bystanders, U.S. authorities have determined.


Jetstream Debuts New Waterblast Gun

Jetstream of Houston LLP has launched a 40,000 psi air-powered waterblast control gun for surface cleaning and coating removal.


Waterjet Boosts Safety with Distance

NLB Corp. has introduced a semi-automated waterjet system that lets the operator safely work multiple accessories from a climate-controlled cab.


Coating Tips: Cleaning Your Concrete

How to roughen and clean concrete for proper coating application is the focus of the latest installment in the PaintSquare Video Learning Center series.


Masking Tape Made for Pipe Coating

Industrial tape maker Shurtape has introduced what it calls the first high-performance masking tape designed for the oil and natural-gas pipe coating industry.


SSPC Seeking Superlative Structures

Daring bridge projects, artistic tanks, shipshape vessels and other striking coating projects are all eligible for 2015 SSPC Structure Awards, with nominations now open.


Deflecting the Assault by Salt

An often-invisible enemy of coating performance—soluble salt and chemical contamination—is the focus of the newest PaintSquare Video Learning Center how-to.


Marco Debuts 2 Blastmaster Dryers

Marco Group International has expanded its line of air dryers with the rollout of the Blastmaster 750 and 1600 CFM Air Dryers, designed to remove up to 99 percent of the water present in com...


$3M+ Bridge Painting Up for Bid

The City of Seattle is seeking bids for coatings work on the Fremont Bridge—a contract estimated at $3.3 million to $3.7 million.


Wet Blaster Offers 2-Gun Motion

A new automated Vaqua slurry-blast system has been custom engineered to feature a two-axis gun motion.


Historic Army Project Enlists Painters

The largest U.S. Army museum in the world is recruiting volunteers for painting and blasting work on historic armored vehicles.


Free Webinar Addresses Blasting Safety

The inhalation hazards of working with toxic substances during abrasive blasting will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL.


Bids Sought for ‘Little Golden Gate’

Bids are being accepted to paint and rehabilitate a 746.5-foot-long suspension pedestrian bridge over the American River in Sacramento, CA.


New How-To Offers Lead Guidance

Detecting lead and other toxic metals in existing coatings—a crucial prerequisite to developing a coating maintenance strategy—is the topic of a new instructional video on PaintSquare.


ADI Launches All-in-One System

It blasts, it vacuums, it recycles—a new machine claims to do it all.


Tank Coating Work up for Bid

The City of Williamsburg, VA, is seeking contractors to bid on the interior and exterior cleaning, repair and recoating of two existing elevated storage tanks and one ground storage tank—a p...


Containment Safety Opens Video Series

Assuring proper ventilation inside containment, a life-or-death issue, kicks off a new PaintSquare Video Learning Center educational series.


5 Ways to Slash Prep Costs

Some abrasive-blasting mistakes are more costly than others. Take these.


JPCL Salutes Excellence in Papers

ORLANDO—Outstanding technical articles on coatings topics from A (application) to Z (zinc) were honored Monday (Feb. 10) with JPCL Editors' Awards as SSPC 2014 opened in Orlando, FL.


Vacuum Truck Serves Dual Roles

A new multi-purpose vacuum truck from Guzzler Manufacturing combines an industrial vacuum truck and vacuum excavator.


USS Yorktown Gets 500-Gallon Facelift

A World War II veteran is getting a stopgap coating job after 20 years while her tenders seek funds for a complete $3 million redo.


2-Sided Wipes Help Prep for Painting

New industrial-strength cleaning wipes from Rust-Oleum Corp. are designed to speed surface preparation for coatings projects.


Marco Rolls Out 2014 Trailer

The Marco Group International has introduced a new abrasive blast pot trailer with enhanced safety and maintenance features for 2014.


New Corrosion Conference Aims at Owners

Engineered Corrosion Solutions 2014, a new one-day conference focused on helping U.S. facility owners tackle that $500 billion-a-year problem, will debut March 13 in the Chicago area.


TQC Tool Analyzes Ship Hull Roughness

Ship performance may be easier to gauge with a new product from Thermimport Quality Control (TQC) that measures ship hull roughness and automatically calculates and saves the data.


Graco Inc. Enters Abrasive Blasting

Staking a brand-new claim in the coatings industry, spray-equipment maker Graco Inc. has announced the acquisition of EcoQuip Inc., a manufacturer of abrasive-blasting equipment.


Dust Collectors Claim 95% Efficiency

Two new dust-muzzling products are now available from San Diego, CA-based Dust Collection Products.


Bids Open for San Fran Ferry Work

The Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District is seeking contractors to provide routine drydocking and repair of the M.S. Sonoma Ferry in San Francisco, CA.


Smart Box Tracks Abrasive Work

A new abrasive-blasting monitoring system tracks live blasting time from remote locations, Marco Group International reports.


Guyson Acquires Automated Blasting

Blast equipment maker Guyson Corp. of U.S.A. is staking a new claim in the wet-blast field with the acquisition of Automated Blasting Systems Inc. of Windsor, CT, the companies have announce...


OSHA Whiplashes on Air Force Case

Federal health and safety officials have done an about-face in their case against Robins Air Force Base, cited earlier this month for excessive toxic exposures during paint removal operation...


New Pump Handles Heavy Material

Graco Inc. has introduced a new mortar pump designed to handle heavy and abrasive materials.


Judge Orders EPA to Act on Coal Ash

After years without action, a federal judge has dropped the hammer on the Environmental Protection Agency to make up its mind on regulating coal waste.


Bids Requested for GA Tank Painting

Athens-Clarke County (GA) officials are soliciting bids for cleaning and recoating the elevated city water tank in Athens, GA.


Marine Coatings Get R&D Funding Boost

Several projects aimed at improving shipyard coatings and inspection processes will get a $430,000 boost in funding from the National Shipbuilding Research Program.


OSHA Seeks Money Trail in Silica Debate

Individuals and organizations who want to comment on a federal proposal to limit silica exposure are being asked to disclose their funding sources and any conflicts of interest—reportedly a ...


JPCL Europe Announces October Edition

Mitigating corrosion under insulation, using epoxy systems, and properly preparing concrete are a few of the topics covered in the free, digital October edition of JPCL Europe, availa...


JPCL Launches Free European Edition

JPCL has introduced a free digital edition focusing on the European protective and marine coatings market.


$4.7M Awarded for PA Bridge Rehab

A Pennsylvania painting contractor has received a $4.7 million contract to rehabilitate the 81-year-old Citizens Bridge in Kittanning, PA.


LED Gun Light Made for Blasting Work

Larson Electronics, a supplier of explosion-proof lighting equipment, has unveiled an LED blasting-gun light built for abusive operating conditions.


U.S. Proposes New Silica Limits

Federal regulators have finally released a long-awaited—and certain to be controversial—proposal to limit worker exposure to crystalline silica, widely used in construction, painting and abr...


12 Shipyard Operations to Share $9.46M

Ship painting, blasting and manufacturing operations in 10 states will see expanded capabilities, facility upgrades and new technologies from $9.46 million in newly released federal grants.


ICM Designing Robot to Clean Navy Subs

A robot is being developed to tackle the challenging task of cleaning or removing coatings from the inside of bilge tanks on United States Navy submarines.


SSPC Seeks Structure Award Nominations

SSPC members have until Oct. 15 to submit nominations for the 2013-14 Annual Structure Awards.


Contractor Invited to Make a Splash

Collier County, FL, is seeking an SSPC-QP 1 certified contractor to paint and renovate a water slide at Sun-N-Fun Lagoon Water Park in Naples, FL.


USAF Offers $7M for Corrosion R&D

The U.S. Air Force Academy is making $7 million in grant money available for research and development of protective coatings, test methods and materials to fight corrosion.


Painter Electrocuted on Bridge Project

Authorities are investigating the death of a worker on a Kentucky bridge painting project that has been fast-tracked for early completion.


Hydrostatic Unit for Rugged Conditions

Jetstream of Houston LLP has launched a new hydrostatic test unit for pipeline and wellhead testing in the oil and gas market.


2 Burned in Blast Operation Explosion

Two workers have been critically burned in explosions at an Oklahoma abrasive blasting and coating plant that may have been operating unlawfully, authorities say.


JPCL Invites Free Buying Guide Listings

Suppliers of industrial coatings equipment are invited to submit free listings now for JPCL’s upcoming 26th annual Equipment Buying Guide.


NLB Announces New WaterJet Series

With several conversion options and accessories, a new convertible waterjet unit from NLB Corp. offers flexibility.


Shipyard Moguls Held in Grit Dumping

The owner of a major Italian shipyard, his son and five employees have been arrested in a blasting waste trafficking scheme that has been under investigation for two years.


Blast QC Opens Video Learning Series

A how-to guide to determining blast cleanliness opens an original 30-part series of video tutorials presented by KTA-Tator Inc. and produced by PaintSquare.


Planer Tackles Marine Applications

General Equipment Company has upgraded its SP8/A Pneumatic Surface Planer, designed for a wide variety of cleaning, coatings removal and surface preparation applications on marine/industrial...


Free Webinar Tackles Blasting Safety

Protecting abrasive blasters in their dangerous work will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL.


SSPC Seeks Papers, Offers Student Aid

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings has announced a call for papers for its annual conference and exhibition dedicated to protective, marine and commercial coatings.


Protective Coating Skips Pretreatment

Researchers in Spain have developed a coating that reportedly offers enhanced corrosion protection to steel and other metals while eliminating the need for pretreatment.


Waterjetting on Tap in Free Webinar

New updates for standards and technical guidance on using waterjetting for surface preparation will be the topic of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL.


WSDOT Announces Bridge Coating Project

Washington State is seeking proposals for cleaning and recoating the Nisqually River Bridges—a contract estimated at $5 million to $7.5 million.


Jetstream Unveils Compact Waterblaster

High-pressure waterblasting equipment maker Jetstream has introduced the IX100 Series compact system for industrial cleaning contractors.


Coating, Prep Projects on Deck at NSRP

From blasting protocols and best practices, to lasers and mechanical arms, leading experts are pursuing a range of projects to make ship coatings and surface preparation projects easier, che...


Free eBook Tackles Abrasive Selection

Choosing the best of many current abrasives options for a coating project is the focus of a new, free, expert-written eBook from JPCL.


New Hose Color Coding to Start in New Year

The new color-coding scheme for pressure hoses adopted by the WaterJet Technology Association-Industrial & Municipal Cleaning Association (WJTA-IMCA) will take effect Jan. 1, 2013.


Cleveland Seeks Station Facelift Bids

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority is inviting bids for platform repairs and coating work at two rail stations.


$508K Tower Coating Awarded in FL

A Tampa, FL, painting contractor has been awarded a $508,250 contract to clean and recoat utility absorption towers within St. Johns River Power Park (SJRPP), in Jacksonville.


Bids Invited for ‘Big Mac’ Painting

The Michigan Department of Transportation is accepting bids to clean and recoat structural steel surfaces on the Mackinac Bridge.


Memo: Paint Cuts Endanger New UK Subs

Widespread corrosion on a brand-new generation of UK military submarines may be tied to a cost-cutting decision to minimize the protective coating on the subs, according to a leaked governme...


'Bio-Concrete' Heals after Damage

Concrete infused with live bacteria that can knit their own repairs into the material is advancing in development under scientists in the Netherlands.


Out of Kazakhstan: Wilson Comes Home

After four years in Kazakhstan on the world’s largest oil and gas project, JPCL Top Thinker Lee Wilson has returned home to the UK with a new position.


Push for Paperless Paint, Pruned Prep

Less grinding, new coating protocols, and something called “paperless paint” top the crop of research projects that will share $1.8 million in new funding from the National Shipbuilding Rese...


Pirate Brand Launches New Pipe Blaster

Pirate Brand has rolled out the Typhoon Pipe Blasting System, which does not use leather seals or require constant adjustment.


USS Wisconsin Maintenance Painting Let

The City of Norfolk, VA, has awarded a painting maintenance contract for the storied battleship-turned-museum USS Wisconsin to E. Caligari & Son Inc., a longtime industrial contractor based ...


Free Webinar Touts Tips for Blasting QC

The secrets of top-notch performance in abrasive blasting will be the topic of a free upcoming webinar sponsored by JPCL and SSPC.


New Waterjet Pump Made for Snug Spaces

Waterjet manufacturer Jet Edge Inc. has introduced a portable waterjet pump made to maneuver in ballast tanks, ship engine rooms, passageways and other tight spaces.


JPCL Premieres Industry’s Top Thinkers

Want a personal introduction to 24 of the best and brightest in the protective and marine coatings industry? JPCL’s Top Thinkers: The Clive Hare Honors, a new special issue by JPCL: Journal ...


Budget Cuts Scrub ShipTech for 2013

ShipTech, a major Navy shipbuilding research conference held annually since 1998, has been mothballed for 2013.


Study: Less Blasting May Save USN $10M

Why undertake the gargantuan task of removing a battleship’s entire underwater hull coating system when only a fraction of the coating is loose?


Harsco Unveils its 1st Glass Abrasive

Breaking a tradition that dates back generations, Harsco Metals & Minerals has introduced its first-ever crushed-glass abrasive for a range of surface preparation applications.


RI Awards $6.7M Bridge Painting Project

A longtime Rhode Island painting contractor has been awarded a $6.7 million contract to clean and recoat the historic Mount Hope Bridge, which connects Portsmouth and Bristol, RI, over Mount...


Blast-One Acquires Tecor Finishing

Blast-One International, provider of abrasives, blasting and coating equipment, is expanding its reach into spray technology with the acquisition of Tecor Finishing Solutions.


Webinar Helps Fight CUI with Coatings

Wielding the right coatings to thwart corrosion under insulation will be the topic of a free upcoming webinar sponsored by JPCL and SSPC.


SSPC, NACE Replace Waterjet Standard

Four new waterjetting standards will replace SSPC-SP 12/NACE No. 5, the joint standard, “Surface Preparation and Cleaning of Metals by Waterjetting Prior to Recoating,” according to SSPC: Th...


EPA, Shipyard Settle Paint Waste Fine

Fairhaven Shipyard Companies, Inc. has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $175,000 to resolve violations of the federal Clean Water Act at two of its facilities in Fairhaven during paint remov...


Waterjetting Equipment Featured at WJTA Show

The WJTA-IMCA Expo, scheduled for September 10-12 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, will feature exhibits of high pressure waterjetting tools and equipment, as well as pre...


Compressor Offers High Air Capacity

Jenny Products, Inc. (Somerset, PA) has introduced the W11HGB-30P to its line of two-stage, wheeled-portable air compressors.


Put Your Best Project Forward

SSPC members have until October 15 to nominate their best projects for SSPC’s 2012-2013 structure awards.


Free Webinar Tackles New Waterjetting Standards

Detailed new waterjetting standards, coming soon from SSPC and NACE, will be the topic of a free webinar July 9 sponsored by JPCL and SSPC.


Free Webinar Targets Concrete Moisture

Accurately determining the moisture content of cementitious substrates—a critical factor in coatings failure—will be the topic of a free upcoming webinar sponsored by JPCL and SSPC.


Salt Meter is Automated, Eco-Friendly

Hedon Electronic Developments has introduced a new version of its digital salt meter for steel surfaces.


International Forum Tackles Antifouling

Leading-edge antifouling technologies, bio-inspired coatings, international regulation of antifouling products and other issues critical to the marine coatings industry will be among the top...


Free Webinar Tackles Abrasives Choice

Narrowing down the vast field of abrasives options—a major factor in the success and cost of coating projects—will be the topic of a free upcoming webinar sponsored by JPCL and SSPC.


JPCL Top Thinker Offers ‘Paint Inspector’s Field Guide’

Veteran coating specialist Lee Wilson has just released the Paint Inspector’s Field Guide, a comprehensive guide to the coatings inspection process.


Salt Stripper Targets Atmospheric Service

Chlor*Rid International Inc. has rolled out a new salt removal product formulated to decontaminate structural steel and a variety of other surfaces in atmospheric service.


Coatings Math: Online, On the Fly

How much will it cost to clean 1,000 square feet of lightly rusted surface per SSPC SP-2? Apply a 1 mil-thick layer of alkyd epoxy on 20,000 square feet? Airless-spray three coats on 100 met...


Navy Aims to Retire Surface Prep Grind

U.S. Navy sailors have been scraping paint off ships for a couple hundred years. Enough, the Navy now says.


Paint Waste Cited at New Superfund Site

An old California manufacturing and painting operation has joined the National Priorities List of Superfund hazardous waste sites that pose health and environmental risks.


JPCL Offers New Buying Guide Features

Free new print and digital features will join the popular traditional resources this year in JPCL’s upcoming Equipment Buying Guide, now in its 25th year.


Marco Acquires BGRS Equipment Inventory

Blasting and painting equipment supplier Marco has acquired the rental equipment inventory of BGRS Inc., which provides environmental control equipment to the coating industry.


SSPC Seeks 2013 Award Entries, Papers

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings is soliciting presentations for SSPC 2013 and nominations for its 2013 Structure Awards.


Navy Trims Ship Painting Protocols

The Navy, Coast Guard and industry have approved nine significant changes to painting protocol during shipbuilding, in a pilot project designed to increase efficiency and save money.


Axxiom Partners on New Asia Venture

Axxiom Manufacturing Inc. and Australia-based Total Abrasion have teamed up to launch Total Schmidt, a new Malaysia-based venture that will serve the Asia Pacific surface preparation industr...


Pre-Treat Fights Rust, Lightens Prep

NEI Corp. has completed development of Nanomyte PT-20, a chromate-free pretreatment designed to improve the adhesion and corrosion resistance of painted steel while reducing surface preparat...


Wax Tape Protects High-Temp Pipelines

Trenton Corp., manufacturer of corrosion prevention systems, has introduced a wax-tape coating designed to protect metal pipe and irregular-shaped fixtures from corrosion in higher-temperatu...


Gritco Nozzles Lined to Resist Wear

Gritco Equipment BV, the Dutch maker of blasting and cleaning equipment, has introduced the Gritco BC series nozzles with wear-resistant boron carbide lining.


NSRP Eyes Lasers, Lessons, Real Risks

Laser-powered coating removal, real-life confined-space risks, and lessons from foreign shipyards will all be the focus of research projects newly funded by the National Shipbuilding Researc...


JPCL Offers Free Blast Cleaning eBook

Achieving Efficiency in Abrasive Blast Cleaning—an expert-written compilation focusing on this critical issue in protective coating success—is the focus of a new, free eBook just published b...


Abrasives Maker Opens 2 CA Plants

Novetas Solutions LLC has opened two plants in California to produce its crushed-glass abrasive.


MA Probes Late-Night Harbor Blasting

A New England painting contractor has landed in hot water after allegedly conducting uncontained late-night abrasive blasting in a Massachusetts harbor on St. Patrick’s Day.


New Kit Amps Up Water Jet Units to UHP

NLB Corp. has expanded the operating range of its 125 Series convertible water jet pump units to include ultra-high pressures.


SSPC Offers Online Inspector Training

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings has launched an online version of its well-known Protective Coatings Inspector (PCI) program.


Free Webinar Tackles Better Blasting

The secrets of more productive, safer abrasive blasting will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar presented by JPCL and SSPC.


Waterjetting Opens Free eBook Series

JPCL: The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings has launched a new, free eBook series with Ultra-High-Pressure Waterjetting.


Protective Coating Boasts Less Prep

Sherwin-Williams has expanded its Macropoxy protective coating family with Macropoxy 80, designed for application over marginally prepared steel substrates and damp surfaces.


Jet Edge, Hempel Increase Sales Teams

Waterjet manufacturer Jet Edge and coatings maker Hempel USA have both added key figures to their sales teams.


New LED Light Mounts on Blasting Gun

Magnalight.com, from Larson Electronics, has introduced an explosion-proof LED light designed to be mounted to any standard industrial blasting gun.


Painter Dangers Draw 2nd Shipyard Case

Accused for the second time in three years of endangering its painters, a Michigan shipyard is facing 32 new federal safety and health citations—including five repeats—and fines totaling nea...


Forth Bridge Painters Call it a Century

The endless job has ended—and early, yet. After 10 years, painters have laid down their brushes at Scotland’s legendary Forth Bridge, ending a paint job that took more than 1,500 painters (u...


‘Cold’ Grinder Tools Strip Paint in Explosive Areas

Safety Tools Allmet has rounded out its exclusive line of sparkless grinders and cutting tools with a custom anti-static suitcase—a system designed for “cold” coatings and corrosion removal ...


Abrasive Made to Cut Waste, Hike Speed

Blast-One International has rolled out Speedblast abrasive for the industrial blasting and painting industry—a blast medium designed to reduce consumption and increase speed.


Spot vs. Full Job: How to Make the Call

When can spot repair and priming help facility owners and maintenance chiefs head off a full recoating job? That’s the focus of a free upcoming webinar presented by JPCL and SSPC.


JPCL Coatings eBook Series Coming Soon

Surface preparation, inspection, environmental controls and more will be among the topics of a new series of eBooks to be published by JPCL: Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings planned ...


Shot-blasting Cabinet Has Dual Stations

Guyson Corp. has introduced a wide-body industrial pressure-blast cabinet with two work stations, each with a viewing window and independently adjustable blast nozzle.


EDCO Kit Enables Multi-Level Grinding

Surface preparation equipment maker EDCO has introduced a Turbo Grinder Leveling Kit designed to ensure level grinding, regardless of the height of accessories used on the company’s 10² Turb...


Blast Media Maker Gets $200K Infusion

A Philadelphia-based manufacturer of alternative blast media will share in more than $1 million in investments into early-stage companies by Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern ...


$1.1M Contract Let for TN Dam Painting

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $1,173,780 contract to Fuel Tank Maintenance Co. of Cookeville, TN, to recoat the Cordell Hull Dam.


Waterjet Group OKs Hose Color Coding

Hoses of red, silver, green, blue, orange and yellow will soon color the waterjetting landscape, as the industry begins to adopt a new safety scheme designed to better identify the pressure ...


Navy Makes Ship Painting R&D Awards

Two marine painting research projects will share in $1.4 million in grants over the next year from the National Shipbuilding Research Program, which aims to reduce the cost of Navy shipbuild...


House Makes End Run on Coal Ash Rules

Thrusting quickly to parry stiffer federal rules, the House has approved a bill that would allow states to regulate coal ash from power plants as if it were municipal garbage, not hazardous ...


Jetstream Upgrades HP Gun Handles

Jetstream of Houston LLP, maker of high-pressure waterblasting equipment, has revamped the handles on its control guns used in industrial cleaning, surface preparation and other applications...


Harsco Launches Copper Abrasive

Harsco Minerals has introduced a new surface-preparation abrasive, made from recycled material, to the Southeastern U.S.


Barton Names Regional Sales Manager

Barton International, the leading supplier of garnet abrasives for waterjet cutting and blast media, has announced the appointment of Ray Lindberg as Regional Sales Manager for the Western G...


Free Webinar to Focus on Blast QC

Assuring quality control of abrasive blast cleaning—critical to the success of protective coatings projects—will be the topic of a free upcoming webinar presented by JPCL and SSPC.


Jotun Protective Primer Lightens Prep

Jotun has introduced an anti-corrosive primer designed to protect aged steel and other surfaces without optimal preparations.


WaterJet/Cleaning Group Names Officers

The WaterJet Technology Association-Industrial & Municipal Cleaning Association has chosen new leadership for its next two years, naming a new board chairman, president and other officers.


Cold Jet, Farrow System Join Forces

Global dry-ice-blasting pioneer Cold Jet has reached an agreement to distribute the Farrow System blast-cleaning system in a network that will soon expand worldwide.


Blastrac Powers Up Global Shot Blaster

Blastrac N.A. has introduced a new, more powerful 500E Global portable shotblast cleaning system.


SSPC Extends Reach To Commercial/Light Industrial

SSPC: the Society for Protective Coatings is making a new push into the commercial/light industrial coatings sector.


‘Green’ Blasting Tool Uses No Grit

MONTI has introduced the MBX Bristle Blaster, a lightweight, handheld power tool designed to provide the same texture and cleanliness as grit blasting without hazardous materials or addition...


Never-Ending Paint Job Nears an End

The world’s iconic unending job—the painting of Scotland’s legendary Forth Bridge—is about to end.


Crawler Takes Waterjetting ‘Anywhere’

Jetstream Europe’s new “go anywhere” Magnetic Crawler M250 opens up new dimensions in cleaning and preparing steel surfaces by means of high-pressure water technology.


New EDCO Saw Cuts Metal, Concrete

Equipment Development Co. Inc. (EDCO), provider of surface preparation equipment, has introduced a new Hand-Held Saw that can cut through concrete, masonry, asphalt, stone and metal.


Larson Unveils Light for Blasting

Larson Electronics has introduced the high-powered Magnalight BL40-LED Blasting Light, designed to withstand the demanding conditions found in sand, water and media blasting operations.


Surface Salt Detection Made for Field

Louisville Solutions Inc. has introduced the SaltSmart Heavy Duty Field Kit, packaging all the components that contractors need to detect soluble surface salt using the new company’s SaltSma...


PPG Bows Low-Temp Immersion Cleaners

PPG Industries’ industrial coatings business has introduced two low-temperature immersion cleaners, which are designed to remove soils and contaminants from metal surfaces in immersion or di...


Blastrac Expands Dust Collector Line

Blastrac has just added a heavy-duty dust collection system for multiple uses that is designed for durability and power, yet is “remarkably quiet.”


High-Volume, Electric-Powered Compressor Offered

Jenny Products, Inc. (Somerset, PA) offers a new high-volume, electric-powered air compressor said by the company to be ideal for running multiple tools simultaneously.


NASSCO Receives Second Recycling Award

General Dynamics NASSCO has announced that it has earned its second consecutive recycling award for the year 2010 from the City of San Diego's Environmental Services Department, in part beca...


Century-Old Barton Takes New Name

After more than five generations, Barton Mines Company LLC is shedding its 19th-century identity to become Barton International.


3M Changes Industrial Leadership

3M has named Hak Cheol (H.C.) Shin executive vice president of International Operations and Christopher D. Holmes executive vice president of the Industrial and Transportation Business.


People on the Move: Lineups Change At SafeWorks, Pangborn, Polygon

Changes are afoot at SafeWorks, subsidiary Spider, Pangborn and Polygon, which provide ancillary equipment and services for the coatings industry.


VA Firm Awarded UHP Coatings Removal

The U.S. Coast Guard has awarded a $224,793 contract to UHP Projects Inc., of Newport News, VA, to perform water jet blasting services on various vessels at the USCG shipyard in Baltimore.


For Marine Painters, a STAR is Born

When the Marines were looking for a few good painters, the search took a 21st-century, high-tech turn.


New JPCL Equipment Guide Now Available

JPCL: Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings has just released its 24th Annual Equipment Buying Guide, listing more than 4,500 products, equipment and supplies for protective and marine co...


Jet Edge Introduces Intensifier Pump

Jet Edge Inc. has unveiled its new iP60-150 waterjet intensifier pump, designed to produce up to three gallons per minute (11.4 l/min) of ultra-high-pressure water for precision water jet cu...


Rip-R-Stripper Made for Floor Removal

General Equipment Co. has introduced the CTS12 Rip-R-Stripper, designed to remove ceramic tile, hardwood and other tough floor coverings.


VertaJet Targets Mid-Size Prep Jobs

NLB Corp.’s new VertaJet SRT-6LT is designed to remove coatings from steel structures and other vertical surfaces that are too large for manual surface preparation but too small for fully au...


Makita Debuts Dust Extraction Tools

Makita, the worldwide power tool manufacturer, has released two new dust extraction products for concrete contractors.


Water Jet Combines UHP, High Horsepower

NLB Corp.’s 605 Series of water jet pump units now features ultra-high pressure and high horsepower in a rugged unit that can be converted to a variety of operating pressures, the manufactur...


Joint Standard Certifies Paint Shops

Industrial painting companies that shop-apply protective coatings systems may now seek certification under a new standard jointly developed by two leading technical organizations.


Blasters Boast New Safety Innovations

Axxiom Manufacturing Inc. has unveiled several significant new safety features as standard on its line of Schmidt brand bulk abrasive blast equipment.


Farrow Heats Up Coatings Removal

“What I wanted to be was the first man to clean the surface of an object without damaging it.”


NLB Water Jet Crawler Now Wireless

NLB Corp. has introduced wireless controls for its automated water jet Crawler, designed to achieve high-productivity surface preparation on towers and other large structures, the company sa...


Harvey Hack Wins ASTM’s Reinhart Award for Corrosion Work

Dr. Harvey Hack has received the ASTM International Frank W. Reinhart Award from Committee G01 on Corrosion of Metals and the ASTM Committee on Standards for his work on creating a joint AST...


Paint Stripper Has VOC-Free Formula

Solvent Kleene has introduced a zero-VOC stripper designed to remove organic paints, varnish, mil-spec CARC paints, cured powder coatings, multi-layer coatings and E-coatings.


Vacuum Loader Powers Up, Quiets Down

Guzzler Manufacturing has redesigned its Guzzler NX industrial vacuum loader with a more powerful blower and quieter operation.


DOD Deploys Robots for Coating Removal

The Department of Defense is training a new soldier in its war on corrosion: robots that can remove coatings.


Golden Gate Cable Painting to Begin

Scaffolding has arrived and containment planning is underway for the first-ever renovation and repainting of the Golden Gate Bridge’s two main suspension cables.


Coatings Makers Appeal for Reg Relief

America’s coatings manufacturers have a few requests for President Obama: Cut the red tape on pipeline permits. Expand the allowable compounds in aerosol coatings. Ditch the emissions crackd...


LA Investigating Uncontained Coating Project

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality is investigating practices used to strip and recoat the Bonnet Carré Spillway, saying the project should have employed some method to captur...


Free Webinar to Focus On Environmental Monitoring

Monitoring environmental conditions—a make-or-break issue for a coatings project—will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar presented by JPCL and SSPC.


Uncontained Blast Medium OK’d for Gulf Coast Project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has approved the use of a recycled-glass blast medium without containment for a coating project along the Gulf Coast.


GapVax WetVac Continuously Offloads Liquids

GapVax, manufacturer of industrial vacuum trucks, has introduced the SV10 WetVac for water blaster recovery, hydro-excavation, catch basins and other tasks.


AFB Painting Facility Cited 3rd Time

From lead on the ice machine, to cadmium in the sanding booths, to open-sided work 13 feet high in the paint area, the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Georgia is facing a new slew of v...


SSPC 2011 Debuts ‘Women in Coatings’

Joyce Wright didn’t set out to be a pioneer. She just needed a job, and painter’s helper—surface prep and “bustin’ rust” at the local shipyard¬—was available. So she took it.


Coatings Removal Unit Uses Heat, Green Media

Farrow System USA has just unveiled the Farrow 650MAX self-contained coatings removal machine, which uses heat and green media to remove corrosion-control coatings.


Bids Sought for Capitol Dome Work

The Architect of the U.S. Capitol will accept bids Feb. 17 for professional painting and repair services for the Capitol Dome's cast-iron structure and masonry walls within the skirt area.


Transfield Services Awarded $67.6M Paint, Maintenance Contract

Transfield Services, an Australia-based global provider of infrastructure services, has secured two new defense industry contracts totaling $67.6 million (US) for coatings, blasting and rela...


3M’s New N95 Respirator Designed for Comfort

3M’s new Particulate Respirator 9211 is designed for optimum comfort while performing grinding, sanding, sweeping, bagging and other operations that create dust.


Tank Coating, Blasting Studies Win NSRP Grants

Research on “single coat” tank coatings and “spot and sweep” blasting are among the potential cost-saving measures to be evaluated with grants from the National Shipbuilding Research Program...


Blast Machine Maker Pangborn Names CEO

Capital Equipment Resources LLC, which conducts business as the Pangborn Group, has appointed Henrik Jensen as its new President and Chief Executive Officer.


Shipbuilding Research Program Seeks Proposals

The National Shipbuilding Research Program has issued its 2011 Research Announcement, seeking proposals related to surface preparation, coatings processes and other measures to reduce the co...


Bridge Conference Abstracts Due Soon

Surface preparation and high-performance coating systems are among the topics for papers being sought for the 28th annual International Bridge Conference, scheduled for June 2011 in Pittsbur...


Mobile Ship Stripping Unit Handles 2 Processes

Filtration systems maker GKD has introduced a mobile station for stripping ships that combines filtration and briquetting in a single unit. The heart of the unit is GKD’s new compact filter ...


Free Webinar on Removal of Lead Paint Scheduled for Oct. 6

A Durability +Design webinar on lead paint removal, “Good Practice and Regulatory Compliance in Lead Paint Removal from Residential and Commercial Structures,” will be presented on Wednesday...


Blasters Widen Cleaning Path, Increase Control

BlastPro Manufacturing has released two new products: the BPZ-20-360, with 20-inch blast pattern, and the BP-505 horizontal steel shot blaster.


Power Washers Designed for Enclosed Space

Steam Jenny has introduced a full line of electric-powered cold pressure washers that allow operation in enclosed areas where gas-powered machines can’t be used.


New Units Provide Vertical Blasting

SPE International has rolled out a new series of Vertical Blast Machines, designed for storage tanks, hulls and other vertical steel surfaces.


SSPC/JPCL Webinars to Focus on Prepping Concrete

Two free SSPC/JPCL Education Series Webinars—one on acid etching and one on moisture remediation—will deal with preparing concrete for coatings.


Robotic Water-Blasting System Cleans Vessels

The ENVIROBOT 2010, from Chariot Robotics LLC, removes coatings from vessels and above-ground storage tanks using a patented, magnetically attached robot applying Ultra High Pressure water t...


Guyson Rolls Out Robotic Gritblasting System

Guyson Corp. has introduced a robotic gritblasting system designed to offer consistent production of a specific surface roughness on a wide variety of complex-shaped components.


Guidelines on RH Levels for Coating Work Relaxed by Navy; Savings Expected

A project team of the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) has determined that higher relative-humidity conditions can be allowed in certain situations during surface-preparation an...


Inaugural Waterjet Expo Set for August

The 2010 WJTA-IMCA Expo, the inaugural meeting of the Waterjet Technology Association and the Industrial & Municipal Cleaning Association, is scheduled for Aug. 17-19 at the George R. Brown ...


Jenny Products Rolls Out Pressure Washers

Steam Jenny, a product division of Jenny Products, Inc., has introduced four new models of belt-drive, cold pressure washers designed for heavy commercial use.


Pressure Washer Billed as up to Task of Tough Jobs

Graco Inc. reports that its G-Force 3540 GHW hot-water pressure washer is designed for challenging applications where removal of grease, oil, or other heat-reactive substances is the objecti...


PPG Updates Cleaner, Remover Product Line

PPG Industries Inc. (Pittsburgh, Pa.) updated its range of DuraPrep™ surface solutions to include a full line of paint- and coatings-related products for use in protective, marine, architect...


Recycled-Glass Abrasive Gets Nod from Navy

Novetas Solutions LLC announced that a new production facility for its abrasive product New Age Blast Media® has been added to the Department of the Navy’s Qualified Product Listing under MI...


Blastrac Introduces Global Shot Blaster Line

Blastrac NA (Oklahoma City, Okla.) introduced the Global Shot Blasters line of surface-preparation machines for stripping, cleaning, and profiling of concrete, steel, and asphalt surfaces.


Duck Tape Marks Facebook Milestone with Sweepstakes

Duck Tape is marking a milestone, notching its 1 millionth fan on Facebook, and is hosting giveaways and contests to celebrate.


INVISTA Expands Solvent Product Line

INVISTA (Wilmington, Del.) has expanded its FlexiSolv™ cleaning solvent product range with a line of water-dilutable microemulsions. Recommended applications include paint stripping, graffit...


Blastrac Promotes Rippman, Robb

Blastrac NA announced the promotions of Jonn Rippman to national sales manager and training director and Paul Robb to engineering manager.


Jet Edge Names New Zealand Distributor

Jet Edge Inc., a manufacturer of ultra-high-pressure waterjets for precision cutting, coating removal, and surface preparation, has appointed MatCamNZ as waterjet-systems distributor for New...


Lightweight Flooring Stripper Introduced

General Equipment Co. (Owatonna, MN) has introduced a lightweight flooring stripper, the FCS10 Rip-R-Stripper™, to its line of surface preparation equipment.


Blastrac Announces New Distributor

Blastrac, NA (Oklahoma City, OK) has announced that Aramsco (Ontario, CA) has been appointed as a Diamatic distributor, serving southern California and adjoining states.


Purdy Launches Lines of Prep Tools

Purdy Corp., longtime maker of paint applicators and sundries, has expanded into the surface-prep tool category with lines of premium-grade and contractor-grade tools.


3M Settles Suit with ITW

3M and Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW) have reached settlement on patent infringement litigation brought by 3M regarding its paint preparation product system.


 
 
   

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