JPCL June 2005

JPCL June 2005

In This Issue...

A Case Study in the Application of High-Density Fireproofing

by Brandon Seigel and Rex Bison

In September of 2003, British Petroleum (BP) awarded our company the contract for the on-site application of cementitious fireproofing material to the newly constructed isomerization (ISOM) unit at BP’s Cherry Point Refinery in Blaine, WA. But acceptance of the contract award brought along with it much more than what was originally anticipated. As the project progressed, our company applied 100,000 sq ft (9,000 sq m) of high-density cementitious fireproofing material under a contract and schedule that originally specified the fireproofing of 45,000 sq ft (4,050 sq m) of steel. Seven individual structures and 35 vessels and exchangers made up the fireproofing scope of the new Clean Fuels Unit.

An Experience Worth Remembering

by Bill Shoup

In January, I mentioned that Greg Bradford’s son, Michael Damiano’s daughter, and Patti Liston’s husband were deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. All have returned safely.

Associations: Call for Papers for Smart Coatings 2006

by Technology Publishing Company

The Coatings Research Institute (CRI) of Eastern Michigan University is seeking technical papers to be considered for presentation at the Smart Coatings 2006 Symposium, which will be held February 15–17, 2006, in Orlando, FL. Symposium topics include antimicrobial and hygienic coatings, organic nanotechnology-based coatings, stimulus and response coatings, and self-assembled intelligent layers.

Case History: Polyurea Flooring Handles Traffic and Abuse at Plastics Plant

by Lori R. Huffman

A polyurea flooring system is withstanding heavy forklift traffic and impact from massive tools at Pelican Plastic Products Inc. in Torrance, CA. “It’s just unbelievable,” says Domingo Acevedo, case line production manager, commenting on the performance of the system that now protects approximately 30,000 sq ft (2,700 sq m) of his plant. His company had used conventional epoxy flooring systems for the plant because of aesthetics, but the coatings could not withstand the impact of heavy equipment and tools on the plant floor. Gouging from the edges of molds hitting the flooring during transport made the coatings pop and spall significantly.

Case History: Tank Coating Makes Water Slides Look Slick

by Lori R. Huffman

Fiberglass slides at the Rapids Water Park in West Palm Beach, FL, are looking their best, thanks to a self-priming epoxy tank coating that offers good abrasion and color fading resistance, according to Bob Nichols, owner of the painting company that has serviced the water park for 17 years. Originally, the 28-year- old slides had been coated with a gel coat (the generic type of which is not known), but the Florida sun and the elements had taken their toll, fading and cracking the coating. The contractor tried other coatings, including a system comprised of an epoxy tank lining applied as a primer under two coats of a urethane. This system lasted only one year before the slides’ appearance once again became a problem, he says.

Companies: Praxair Appoints Global Business and Plant Managers

by Technology Publishing Company

Praxair Surface Technologies (Indianapolis, IN), a subsidiary of Praxair, Inc., has announced two appointments: Dean Hackett as global business manager for its thermal spray consumables business and Rick Johnson as plant manager for thermal spray powders.

Equipment Maintenance: Understanding Tip Wear Will Save Time, Money & Produce Better Job Results

by Mike Sebion

Spray tips are essential to a contractor's business, especially one utilizing high-performance coatings. They affect quality and profitability as much as any other piece of equipment in a painter's fleet.

Innovative Products: The SpecDoctor™ Is In

by Anita M. Socci

How many times have you wished that there was an easy way to choose the appropriate high-performance coating system for a particular environment? According to ICI Paints, its SpecDoctor™ Dynamic Specification Generation Tool can do that and more. Not only does the webbased tool simplify the system selection process for individuals who have limited experience in corrosion, but it also predicts how long a coating system will last (service life), the company says.

Intumescent Coatings for Fire Protection: What Specifiers and Applicators Need To Know

by Tim Figore and Paul P. Greigger

This article gives an overview of thin and thick film intumescents including relevant information about their testing, specification, and application.

OSHA Respirator Program Requirements: How Does Your Program Measure Up?

by Brent Doney, Dennis Groce, Brian Day, Ki Moon Bang, and Mark Greskevitch

The findings of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)/Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Survey of Respirator Use and Practices1 raise sobering questions regarding respirator usage practices within U.S. industry as compared to Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) regulations2 and NIOSH recommendations.

Polyurea Conference Presents Big Picture and Fine Points

by Karen Kapsanis

The annual conference of the Polyurea Development Association, held March 8-10, is reviewed here. Conference presentations covered topics such as the global polyurea market, developments in formulation, and polyurea projects around the world.

Problem Solving Forum: Surface Preparation for Galvanized Steel To Be Painted

by Identified within article

Hot-dipped galvanizing is a long-lasting and cost-effective means of protecting steel from corrosion. There are, however, cases where paint or powder coatings are applied over galvanized steel to create what is known as a duplex system. A duplex system may be used as a means of adding color for aesthetics, camouflage, or safety; increasing the economic life of a structure; or increasing protection in very aggressive environments. Paint coatings can be applied soon after galvanizing, or later, when the galvanized coating has weathered.

Project Preview: Hames Contracting To Work on Huey P. Long Bridge

by Brian Churray

The City of New Orleans, on behalf of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad Commission, awarded a contract of $3,900,000 to Hames Contracting, Inc. (Alpharetta, GA) for coatings work on the 4.35-mile-long Huey P. Long Bridge. The contract, which required SSPC-QP 1 and QP 2 certifications, involves recoating existing structural steel surfaces on 1,150 feet of deck truss spans. The steel will be abrasive blast cleaned with steel grit to a Near-White finish (SSPC-SP 10) and recoated with alkyd-based calcium borosilicate primer and intermediate coats, followed by an alkyd varnish finish. The contract includes containment of the existing lead-based coatings.

Protecting Steel in Atmospheric Exposure: How Many Coats?

by Brian Goldie and Karen Kapsanis

Advances in coatings technology as well as the aims of end users to reduce the time and costs of applying three-coat systems have led to the increased specification of one- and two-coat systems for steel in atmospheric service. In response to a JPCL/PCE survey, representatives of several protective coatings manufacturers in Europe and North America give their views on the trend towards using fewer coats.

SSPC News: SSPC To Sell Weldon’s Book on Failure Analysis of Paint

by Technology Publishing Company

SSPC has announced that it has obtained resale rights to Failure Analysis of Paints and Coatings, authored by Dwight G. Weldon and published by John Wiley and Sons. Illustrated, easy to read, and fully indexed, this 285-page hardcover presents a solid review of basic coatings chemistry and the many field and laboratory techniques available for analyzing common application defects and coating failures, says SSPC.

The Effect of Peak Count of Surface Roughness on Coating Performance

by Hugh J. Roper, Raymond E.F. Weaver and Joseph H. Brandon

Putting a long-held assumption about surface profile to the test, the authors show this: profile peak count can be measured, it can be controlled, and it does make a difference in coating performance.

Top of the News: Silberline Appoints New Global President

by Technology Publishing Company

Silberline Manufacturing Co., Inc. (Tamaqua, PA) has named Joseph P. Dowd as global president and chief operating officer. In his new position, Mr. Dowd will be responsible for directing all aspects of operational policies, objectives, and initiatives.

Strand’s Industrial Coatings

Tarps manufacturing, Inc.


Modern Safety Techniques

NLB Corporation

Sauereisen, Inc.

HoldTight Solutions Inc.

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