Highlights from the Current Issue of JPCL
The April issue of the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings is available in print and online at paintsquare.com. This issue contains feature articles on using plural-component spray technology safely in confined spaces, ship hull cleaning challenges and a roundtable with contractors discussing business prospects and pain points.
Opening the April issue of JPCL, the editors of JPCL announced the winners of the 2021 JPCL Reader’s Choice Awards, which recognize the top articles published in the Journal over the past year. Over the past weeks, dozens of JPCL readers cast their choices for the best articles of 2021 as part of the fifth-annual Readers’ Choice Awards proceedings.
“We owe recognition to our outstanding contributors for providing the articles that make JPCL the trusted industry resource that it has been for the better part of the past four decades. The JPCL Readers’ Choice Awards give our readers 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.
“As we are now an independent publication, our readers and contributors are more important to us than ever. By involving our readers in the process, we get to truly realize which articles from the past year had the greatest impact on the industry, and properly commend those authors,” Lange added.
Following the awards, the editors pulled together some of the recent, most-read stories on paintsquare.com for the Coverage section. Some of these topics include AkzoNobel closing its Russian plants, Sherwin-Williams leadership appointments and replacement plans for the collapsed bridge in Pittsburgh.
In this issue’s features, in an update from an article previously published in JPCL in 2008, Matt Wierzchowski, Technical Sales Manager with Raven Lining Systems, provides guidance for contractors using plural-component spray in permit-required confined spaces, with a focus on mitigating the hazards associated with confined spaces, equipment, coating materials and chemicals well before the work begins. In “Using Plural-Component Spray Technology Safely in Confined Spaces,” definitions of confined spaces and basic tips on safe use of plural-component equipment and coatings are reviewed.
Continuing on, Adam Stuchlik, Jotun Paints Inc., discusses how preventing biofouling is not only about protecting ships against hull damage or loss of earning capacity due to weight and reduced speed. “Proactive Hull Cleaning in Challenging Operations at Sea” introduces a new, remotely operated proactive cleaning system that can be employed to keep ship hulls clean while at port or at sea and outlines the potential benefits of this cleaning method
Finally, in the latest installment of JPCL’s quarterly roundtable-style features, which give readers a direct line of communication to representatives from all of the different sectors of the coatings community, the focus is on industrial painting contractors across North America, the challenges they’re currently working to overcome and the areas in which they see opportunities for growth and positive momentum.
Looking to May
According to Lange, readers can expect the following topics in the May issue:
JPCL Archives, Subscriptions
Did you know JPCL is available in multiple formats? In addition to the print edition, you can read the full April issue as a digital flipbook online, in a downloadable PDF or as individual articles on paintsquare.com.
Following the release of each issue, the magazine is added to the JPCL archives—containing 25 years of JPCL digital issues dating back to 1996—which cover 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, Technology Publishing 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.