Weekly Poll (18)


A fourth-year forensic science student from the University of Toronto, Bethany Krebs, discovered a form of abrasive blasting that could be more efficient in revealing fingerprints than conventional dusting methods. By using abrasive blasting, Krebs argues that the methodical, uniform technology of abrasive blasting minimizes the risk of error that comes with traditional fingerprinting. Do you believe this new method of fingerprinting will eventually be used by forensic departments?


Based on your experience on coatings projects, what option best describes the amount of money spent (from the project's total cost) on buying or renting surface preparation equipment required for a project’s completion:


Based on your experience on coatings projects, what option best describes the amount of time spent for surface preparation regarding the project’s total:


In January, Notre Dame Cathedral officials reported that they were considering implementing lasers for the decontamination and cleaning efforts of the structure. Would you ever consider this technology to weed out contamination without using chemical or mechanical abrasion?


Regarding the PaintSquare Connect curriculum, what tracks would you have liked to see more content?


Do you expect your company to seriously consider autonomous blasting equipment in the near future in order to cut down on the danger to blasting workers?


How do you decide what media to use on a given abrasive blasting job?


Methylene chloride paint strippers are being phased out by some companies and retailers ahead of an anticipated partial ban by the EPA. Should they be done away with entirely?


Do you expect your company to seriously consider autonomous blasting equipment in the near future in order to cut down on the danger to blasting workers?


A Canadian worker’s recent death has been blamed on an allergic reaction to walnut-shell blasting media. Should these products be subject to further safety regulations?


Do you ever use waterjetting as part of the surface preparation work you do?


What method of surface preparation does your company use most often on jobs?


Aside from size and hardness, what factor do you consider most important when choosing abrasive media?


Has your company considered using more novel approaches to surface preparation, such as dry-ice blasting or laser cleaning, in its operations?


According to Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc.’s blog on D+D, there are varying approaches to surface preparation of weathering steel when replacing sealant. Which approach are you most likely to follow?


How prevalent will autonomous or robotic systems for surface preparation become over the next decade?


What industry trends do you follow most closely?


The economy is pressuring many contractors to bid as low as possible, which has led many to cut corners wherever possible. As a contractor, how often do you attempt to meet only the minimum specifications for surface preparation and coatings application?

Submitted by Jesse Chasteen
Kalispell, MT


 
 
   

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