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January 3 - January 9, 2016
What are the advantages and disadvantages of using mechanical equipment inspectors or welding inspectors, instead of certified coating inspectors, to perform coating inspection duties?
Jignesh Patel of Jignesh on
December 25, 2015:
There is only a short-term advantage for the compa ...read more There is only a short-term advantage for the company, saving money; But it may turn out to be a long-term disadvantage resulting in a penalty for an incorrect report. An experienced NACE- or SSPC-certified coating inspector knows the following: the role of the inspector and the importance of specifications, PDS, MSDS, pre-job conference, the chemistry of corrosion, coating technology, and what to inspect during surface preparation, coating mixing, coating application, and reporting. I found during my experience with lots of clients that most prefer an all-in-one inspector for welding, coating, and safety. But I personally believe that this is a blunder. Using a specific person for a specific inspection task reduces defects and saves time and costs while increasing customer satisfaction and achieving good will for the inspection company.