JPCL Presents 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards

TUESDAY, MAY 4, 2021

In debuting the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings’ independent, inaugural issue of sorts last month, one aspect that continued to stay consistent over the last four years is the publication’s Readers’ Choice Awards.

For the 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards, readers were asked again to vote on their favorite articles published between August 2019 and December 2020 to determine the year’s best offerings.

“The JPCL Readers’ Choice Awards give those in the protective coatings community the chance to applaud the authors that keep them informed and, ultimately, help them do their jobs better,” said Charlie Lange, JPCL Editor-in-Chief. “By involving our readers in the process, we get to truly recognize which articles from the past year had the greatest impact on the industry.”

The awards were classified into six categories:

  • Failure analysis;
  • Health and safety;
  • Materials technology;
  • Process technology;
  • Proficiency; and
  • Projects.

And in following annual tradition, one additional article was selected by the JPCL editorial team for the JPCL Editors’ Award.

“Our contributors are what make JPCL the valued industry resource that it has been for the past 37 years, and we can’t thank them enough for their willingness to share their knowledge and expertise,” said Lange.

The following are the winning articles for the 2020 JPCL Readers’ Choice and Editors’ Awards. Voting for the awards officially closed on March 31. JPCL thanks all the readers who casted votes for this year’s awards.

In the upcoming weeks, PaintSquare Daily News plans to feature the awarded articles on Fridays in its industrial and combined daily newsletters. Each of these articles can also be viewed in JPCL’s digital archives, available to all JPCL subscribers at

And the Winners Are…

For the Failure Analysis category, readers chose “Analysis Of Coating Blister Failures And Associated Coating And Substrate Risks” by Michael Kibler and Patrick Cassidy, Elzly Technology Corp.; and Jay Ong, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock. The article was featured in the April 2020 issue of JPCL and is a continuation of previous studies examining blistering mechanisms and how they contribute to eventual coating failures, the authors of this article sought to provide a better understanding of how to evaluate blistered coatings when considering repairs.

They examined the results of a blister inspection on ship tanks, which suggest that further investigation into additional factors beyond blister size and density, such as service environment and the age of the coating, may be beneficial for evaluating blistered coating.

On Health and Safety, JPCL readers chose “The Rebranding of a Safety Culture” by Christopher Peightal, KTA-Tator, Inc.; and Joseph Singerhouse, Vulcan Painters, Inc. In the article, the duo recognizes that every company is responsible for upholding a safety culture and offered guidance on establishing sustainable health and safety protocols that incorporate physical, institutional, behavioral and spiritual considerations. Practicing accountability, embracing self-responsibility and maintaining transparent, open and respectful communication between employees and management are just some of the tips presented by the authors.

Lining Steel Potable-Water Storage Tanks: Benefits of 100% Solids Elastomeric Polyurethanes” by Murray Heywood, Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings was awarded for the Materials and Technology category and was originally published in the August 2019 issue of JPCL. As 100%-solids coatings continue to gain widespread acceptance as an alternative to traditional epoxy-based linings for new steel potable-water storage tanks or rehabilitation of existing ones, Heywood provided a review of several performance characteristics that 100%-solids elastomeric polyurethanes offer that make them a timely technology consideration. Benefits including elongation properties, application characteristics, adhesive properties and resistance to abrasion were discussed.

In the Proficiency category, Raymond S. Tombaugh’s (KTA-Tator, Inc.) article, “Large-Diameter Cooling Water Pipe and Penstocks: Selecting and Applying Linings” from the August 2019 issue of JPCL was awarded. This award is presented posthumously to author Raymond S. Tombaugh, who passed unexpectedly in October of 2020. In his article, Tombaugh presented a compilation of the necessary tasks to plan for in order to implement a successful application of linings in large-diameter cooling pipes and penstocks. He included lining types and selection tips, important specification requirements and safety considerations in his discussion.

On Process Technology, “The NTPEP Concrete Coatings and Sealers Evaluation Program” by Carly McGee, KTA-Tator, Inc.; Kelly Morse, ILDOT; Todd Bennett, MODOT; and Vince Glick, AASHTO was selected by readers. Originally published in January 2020, in the article, the authors presented a brief history of the National Transportation Product Evaluation Program, a public-private partnership that prevents duplication of efforts among the 52 state departments of transportation and provides product evaluations and facility audits for different products used in the transportation industry. Included in the discussion was an outline of a new, standardized evaluation for the performance of concrete coatings and sealers and an overview of the newly revised testing protocol.

SSPC 2020 Structure Awards Series: The Governor Mario Cuomo Bridge and The Bayonne Bridge” written by JPCL Staff was selected by readers for the Projects category. In this article, originally published in October 2020, two 2020 SSPC Structure Award-winning bridge painting projects that took place in the metropolitan New York City area were recapped. The Mario Cuomo Bridge, constructed to replace the Tappan zee Bridge over the Hudson River, involved shop-coating of large steel elements before erection and touch-up in the field, while the Bayonne Bridge rehab included raising of the bridge deck to allow for passage of larger container ships, as well as a new coat of paint.

Finally, the JPCL Editors’ Award was given to longtime JPCL author and past Readers’ Choice Award winner, Alison B. Kaelin (ABKaelin, LLC) for her “Beekeeping in the Time of COVID-19,” which was published in October 2020. The article was noted to offer a welcomed change of pace from the Journal’s typical technically based articles. Using her newly found pandemic-time hobby of beekeeping, Kaelin illustrated lessons from the beekeeping process that can be mirrored in coatings work, highlighting the importance of training, documentation, corrective actions, personal protective equipment and more.

JPCL Archives, Subscriptions

Following the release of the April issue, the magazine will be added to the JPCL archive—containing 25 years of JPCL digital issues dating back to 1996—which covers a priceless collection of evergreen information, solutions to real-life problems, case studies, insight from experts and a historical record of the industry.

In 2020 alone, TPC CEO Brion Palmer reported that more than 25,000 industry professionals accessed the archives. However, the content is only available to current JPCL subscribers and in separating from SSPC, is no longer an association benefit.

Interested readers have the option for domestic one-year print and digital edition subscriptions and international one-year print and digital edition subscriptions. JPCL is offering one-year digital-only subscriptions and group subscriptions for domestic one-year print and digital editions as well.

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