JPCL Coatings 101 Series Continues


The next installment of the Journal of Protective Coatings and Linings Coatings 101 series focuses on inspection for industrial coatings projects, including roles, responsibilities and knowledge of a coating inspector.

The JPCL 101 content is ongoing in each issue of JPCL to provide introductory education content for both young professionals and those making a career change to coatings work to better acquaint them with different facets of the industry.

Covered in “Coatings 101, Inspection: What it Takes, What You Need to Know,” inspection is described as a critical component to any industrial/marine coating project, whether maintenance or new construction.

Written this month by William D. Corbett from KTA-Tator, Inc., this article outlines the roles, responsibilities and desired knowledge base of a coating inspector. The importance of training, continuing education and communication skills are also explored.

“Understanding the role coating inspection plays in real time problem resolution and prevention of premature coating failure is important,” writes Corbett. “Formulating high performance coatings that can protect structures for decades does no good if they aren’t applied correctly to a properly prepared substrate.

“Coating inspection helps to ‘pump the brakes’ on production and verify that quality is being maintained as the job progresses.”

The article also includes a checklist of the common responsibilities of a coating inspector throughout the process of a project for use out in the field.

Other Highlights from JPCL

Kicking off the recent issue is a recap of Technology Publishing Company’s fifth annual Contractor Connect event, held from Oct. 25 through 28 at the Hammock Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Palm Coast, Florida.

Qualified buyers (contractors) and sellers (suppliers) came together for a variety of networking activities, educational sessions and prescheduled one-on-one meetings with a goal to foster mutually beneficial relationships and learn about industry developments and opportunities.

Following the event recap, the editors pulled together some of the recent, most-read stories on for the Coverage section. Some of these topics include the appointment of PPG’s new CEO and coating companies’ third quarter finance reports, in addition to a paint poll and problem solving forum comments.

In this issue’s features, “Automating Shipyards to Increase Productivity and Reduce Waste” outlines how recently a truly autonomous robot that undertakes the three stages of ship hull rehabilitation—washing, blast-cleaning and paint—has been developed. Authors Christian Favennec, Naval Group; Stéphane Renouard, AMBPR SAS; and Hubert Vincent, Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque discuss the specifications that led to the emergence of this autonomous option and its performance in-service since being deployed in shipyards earlier this year.

Continuing on, JPCL’s Brian Goldie and Brian Wyatt, Corrosion Control Associates LTD, present a basic guide to cathodic protection and corrosion of steel for the non-expert. “Cathodic Protection and Coatings: Guidance for Design and Maintenance” also covers CP interaction with protective coatings and use with concrete structures.

Finally, this issue features the 2022 JPCL Blasting Resource Guide, an annual selection of editorial and advertorial content to help abrasive blasters select, operate and maintain their equipment. To explore the complete online buying guide, click here.

Readers can also find the recurring Bid Bits and Paint by Numbers articles in the issue.

Coming Next Issue

According to JPCL Editor-in-Chief Charlie Lange, readers can expect the following topics in the January issue:

  • No Dust, No Problem for Concrete Sludge Tank Rehab;
  • Artists Complete Largest US Mural;
  • Coatings 101: Preparing and Coating Concrete;
  • JPCL Prestige Award Winners; and
  • Industry news, coatings community comments and upcoming events.

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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.

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