JPCL April 2019

JPCL April 2019

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The Basics of Nuclear Safety-Related Coatings

by David A. Hunter, PCS, Pond & Company, Inc.

In nuclear facilities, the term “safety-related” applies to systems, structures, components, procedures and controls of a facility or process that must remain functional during and following design-basis accidents (DBA), to ensure safe shutdown of the facility. Coatings on these systems must also perform in order to prevent fouling, and to that end, must go through testing and evaluation per plant-licensing commitments and job specifications to qualify for use in these applications. This article describes the basics of nuclear, safety-related coatings.

Measuring TSA Coating Thickness: Methods and Considerations

by Jay Kunick, Fischer Technology, Inc.

Thermally sprayed aluminium (TSA) coatings can offer long-term corrosion protection for atmospheric, offshore structures or marine environments, but accuracy of TSA thickness measurements becomes a critical part of the process in order to maximize the coating’s effectiveness and longevity. This article outlines the measuring methods available and the effects the type of substrate material and other factors have on thickness measurement quality.

Where Did Those Towers Come From?

by Curt Hickcox, PCS, Public Utilities Maintenance, Inc.

The author’s company was approached by a major electric utility to coat two very tall steel transmission towers, each over 50 years old and located on the banks of a waterway leading to a major U.S. shipping port. Well past the optimal time for a repaint, immediate recoating was required for regulatory compliance and structural preservation. Before the job began, the towers were fairly unnoticeable due to their deteriorated appearance. After completion, they held a commanding appearance that couldn’t be missed — so much so that some members of the surrounding public asked, “Where did those towers come from?”

2019 Annual Directory of Industrial Painting Contractors

The JPCL Annual Directory of Industrial Painting Contractors includes detailed information about painting contractor companies, including the applications and structures that they service, certifications, specialty services that they provide, company location and contact information. Companies are primarily located in North America but the Directory also features contractors from around the world. Listings are displayed in alphabetical order by country, and then by state or province. The information included was obtained through a survey of painting contractors known to JPCL.

Sauereisen, Inc.

Abrasives Inc.


HoldTight Solutions Inc.

Axxiom Manufacturing

Tarps manufacturing, Inc.

KTA-Tator, Inc. - Corporate Office

Seal for Life/STOPAQ


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