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OH Firm Cited for Using Inferior Coatings

Shelby, Ohio-based company, Lloyd Rebar Co., was recently discovered using an epoxy paint that wasn’t in compliance with Ohio state transportation standards, according to the state’s watchdo...


KTA-Tator Celebrates 70 Years

Coating consulting, inspection and services company KTA-Tator Inc. (Pittsburgh) has announced the celebration of its 70th anniversary.


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GAO Calls for Pipeline Risk Assessment Changes

Federal auditors are recommending changes to the way the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration gauges the risk of corrosion in pipelines, calling in a recently released repo...


Enbridge Line 5 Passes Pressure Test

A controversial liquid pipeline that runs under the Straits of Mackinac in Michigan has passed a series of pressure tests, according to its operator.


New Tech Inspects Hard-to-Reach Pipeline

A newly patented technology from Southwest Research Institute is aimed at the often difficult task of inspecting coatings on pipelines that were installed via horizontal directional drilling...


Webinar Explores Thermal Spray Coatings

Inspecting thermal spray coatings is the topic of a free webinar to be presented Wednesday, April 5, by JPCL and SSPC.


Questions Linger Around MI Pipeline’s Coating

A liquid pipeline that travels under Michigan’s Straits of Mackinac has been the subject of a great deal of debate in that state in recent weeks, after a local newspaper uncovered documents ...


Coatings Firm Partners on Inspection Drones

Coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel has announced it is partnering with an oil and gas tanker operator and a drone developer to create a drone that will allow the remote inspection of enclosed s...


Cracked PA-NJ Bridge Closed at Least 8 Weeks

Just a day after Punxsutawney Phil foretold six more weeks of winter, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission gave residents of the other side of the state even worse news: at least eight more ...


SSPC Exhibits Open for Business

SSPC, the Society for Protective Coatings, kicked off the exhibition portion of its annual conference Tuesday with a reception bringing together 143 exhibitors showcasing the latest in coati...


Crack Shuts Down PA-NJ Turnpike Bridge

A bridge linking Pennsylvania and New Jersey over the Delaware River will likely remain closed for at least two weeks after an inspection of a painting job uncovered a serious crack in a ste...


Pipeline Safety Group Promotes Info Sharing

A new pipeline safety advisory committee has been formed with the objective of encouraging collaboration among stakeholders in order to improve gas transmission and hazardous liquid pipeline...


Tool Made to Measure Concrete Coatings

A U.K.-based inspection equipment manufacturer has launched a new tool for coating thickness inspection on concrete substrates.


Gauge Measures Coatings on Concrete

A new tool for coating thickness inspection on concrete substrates has been launched by inspection equipment manufacturer Elcometer.


Explore Marine Tank Coating Solutions

Corrosion reportedly cost the United States Department of Defense $21.9 billion in 2014. For the U.S. Navy alone, annual corrosion costs are said to be $7.5 billion with vessel corrosion cos...


Elcometer Launches New Bresle Test Patches

Inspection equipment manufacturer Elcometer Limited (Manchester, England) has released a new tool for measuring the level of soluble salts on uncoated surfaces in accordance with ISO 8502-6.


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SSPC Inspection Courses Arrive in NY

A selection of SSPC training programs focused on the principles and practices of coating inspection will be available this fall at DeFelsko Corporation’s Ogdensburg, NY, headquarters, the co...


Ex-Worker Alleges Pipe Coating Violations

At least one former worker has called into question the safety of an oil pipeline being built in North Dakota, but the company building it says the charges are coming from disgruntled ex-emp...


Inspection RFQ Deadline Nears

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) as part of its biannual “Indefinite Deliverable” coating inspection contract process.


Focus Turns to Coatings in PA Blast

Residents of the Westmoreland County, PA, town that suffered a natural gas pipeline explosion late last month attended a community meeting Wednesday night (May 11) hoping to find reassurance...


Corrosion Found in Failed PA Pipeline

The U.S. Department of Transportation agency devoted to pipeline safety has reportedly identified evidence of corrosion and a possible flaw in the weld coating of a natural gas pipeline that...


Program Update Offers New Reporting Tools

DeFelsko Corporation has released a new version of a software application developed for managing inspection data captured with its PosiTector and PosiTest instruments.


App Assists in Coating Condition Surveys

Global coatings supplier Hempel (USA) Inc. has announced the launch of an interactive iPhone and iPad tool to facilitate coating condition surveys.


Elcometer to Merge Two Facilities

A global manufacturer and supplier of inspection equipment to the coatings, concrete and metal detection industries, has announced that two of its European sites will merge.


UV Lantern Built for Inspections

TQC has introduced a UV inspection lantern that the company says is capable of detecting contaminations that react under UV illumination but cannot be seen by the naked eye.


SSPC Surveys Shipping, Marine Topics

With SSPC 2016 featuring GreenCOAT just weeks away, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings spotlights the lineup of shipping and marine conference sessions available on site.


SSPC Course Available Down Under

The Society for Protective Coating’s popular Concrete Coating Inspector (CCI) course will now be available in Australia and New Zealand, the association announced Thursday (Nov. 12).


2 Cities Face Road Paint Challenges

While road markings are intended to clearly mark the way for drivers while getting from point A to point B, the striping work done recently in two towns has led to head-shaking rather than p...


Webinar Doubles Up on Protection

PITTSBURGH--What offers the best corrosion protection for steel: painting or galvanizing? The answer is both, according to the next free webinar from JPCL and SSPC.


Graphene Scanner Goes Deep in the Paint

LLANERA, SPAIN--Technology that can capture images deep beneath paint layers, or even inside a sealed object, is close to becoming a market reality, according to the European consortium.


Scanner Reveals Inner Secrets of Paint

LLANERA, SPAIN--Seeing deeply, and non-destructively, into layers and perhaps centuries of paint is the promise of 3D scanning technology being developed by a European consortium.


Webinar Keeps an Eye on the Assets

PITTSBURGH—Managing the mountain of scheduling, performance and life-cycle data involved in modern asset maintenance is the topic of the next free webinar from JPCL and SSPC.


Webinar Bridges Standards, Training

PITTSBURGH—Standards keep the bridge industry safe and consistent; training and certification provide the knowledge to uphold the standards.


Webinar Gives Bridge Coatings Close-up

PITTSBURGH—The fundamental inspection skills necessary to visually assess the coating condition of an in-service bridge will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar from JPCL and SSPC.


SSPC Revises Three Standards

Two abrasive-blasting standards and one related to coating film thickness have been updated by SSPC: the Society for Protective Coatings.


Free Webinar: Prepping an Inspection Plan

Coating inspectors equipped with a thorough plan will be better positioned to navigate complex coatings specifications, and a new webinar offers an assist in developing one.


Best Practices:
Winter Painting—Weather or Not

Almost all the premature coating failures we see are for one of three reasons: The wrong coating system was specified for that substrate or service environment; the painter failed to conduct...


Best Practices:
Don’t Let a Carpenter Fix Your Car (II)

Brainy engineers excel at many important functions. Specifying paint, alas, is typically not one of them.


Best Practices:
Don’t Let a Carpenter Fix Your Car (I)

One issue we frequently encounter in the building community is the “But It’s Just Paint” Syndrome.


Best Practices: When No Good Deed
Goes Unpunished (II)

The lab was brand new; the sacking, superb; and the coatings, exactly as specified. Nevertheless, a year later, the paint system fell completely apart. Why?


Best Practices:
When No Good Deed Goes Unpunished (I)

Coating exterior CMU walls gets a lot of attention, but here’s a case involving interior concrete block.


ROV Unit Inspects Sub-Sea Pipelines

A new, remote-controlled deepwater inspection tool for non-piggable pipelines boasts the ability to take non-destructive measurements on thin- and thick-walled pipelines at almost 10,000-foo...


Keys to a Mondo Condo Failure (II)

After the Epic Fail of a paint job that caused an unbudgeted $165,000 do-over on a posh young condo tower, one big question remained: What went wrong in the first place?


Small Thickness Gage Touts Big Features

Olympus Corp. has introduced an ultrasonic thickness gage designed to make accurate measurements from one side on internally corroded or eroded metal pipes, tanks, and other equipment.


Best Practices:
The Case of the Inside-Out Siding (2)

Second of Two Parts: Now that we have counted the ways that good dimensional lumber can go bad, let’s see how this actually plays out—so we know how to prevent it.


Best Practices:
2 Painting Wrongs Don’t Make a Right

There’s a rule that paint inspectors live by: When you look at the exterior concrete walls of a high-rise condo or apartment building, don’t assume that the paint is planning to stay there.


New Gauges Make Mobile Connection

Bluetooth connectivity now allows users of two Elcometer gauges to transfer data directly to mobile devices for instant inspection reports, the company says.


New Gauges Work with Mobile Devices

New inspection gauges from Elcometer transfer data directly to mobile devices to produce instant inspection reports, the company announced.


Deep-Sea Pipes Get Medical Touch

An X-ray machine used to detect fractured bones is being souped up to give the same treatment to fractured pipelines in the crushing depths of the ocean.


Best Practices:
What Lurks Above—
Tips for Finishing Ceilings

Back in the day, ceilings were often finished with spray textured surfaces consisting of polymeric binders or modified plaster and aggregate that created a “spatter” effect.


Galvanizers Unveil Inspection App

A new picture-based app offers inspectors, architects and engineers a clear visual guide to surface conditions and other critical information when evaluating hot-dip galvanized steel.


DeFelsko Unveils New RTR Gauge

DeFelsko has introduced a new digital spring micrometer that measures peak-to-valley surface profile height using Testex Press-O-Film Replica Tape.


Best Practices: The Case of the 2 Towers

Last week, we tipped you to secrets for specifying and applying water-based elastomeric coatings—often, the go-to choice for exterior concrete/masonry wall applications. This week, we'll sho...


The Un-touch-upables:
Tips for Effective Touch-up

Here’s a painter’s nightmare: He’s just finished applying the topcoats in a shiny new office complex. One of the guys moving in the mahogany conference-room table slips, and—SMASH!—what had ...


Nuclear Plant Finds Blister, Corrosion

A Pennsylvania nuclear plant is again reporting a coating defect and corrosion in one of its units, near the site of decayed wood left in the structure.


Offshore Workers Target Troubled Copter

Tens of thousands of offshore inspectors, technicians and other professionals are seeking to ground a transport helicopter that has been involved in five major incidents in four years, inclu...


DoD Corrosion Conference Goes Virtual

If you have web access, you can attend this year’s Department of Defense Corrosion Conference next month—free, from anywhere in the world.


Bids Sought for CO Tank Painting

The City of Glenwood Springs, CO, is seeking bids to repair, clean and recoat the interior of one of the city's 500,000-gallon water storage tanks.


DeFelsko Upgrades Data Software

A new desktop software is available for downloading, viewing, printing and storing measurement data from DeFelsko inspection instruments.


New Software Stores Measurement Data

A new desktop software is available for downloading, viewing, printing and storing measurement data from DeFelsko inspection instruments.


MA Bill Seeks Tank Inspection Change

Paint companies could see fewer storage tank inspections and related fees in Massachusetts under a bill seeking to amend annual inspection laws, said the American Coatings Association.


ASTM Updates Nuclear Coating Standards

Nuclear coatings performance monitoring, inspection training, and specialist qualifications are the focus of three newly revised standards by ASTM International.


NYC Invites Bridge Inspection Bids

New York City’s Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority is requesting expressions of interest for construction administration and inspection services for repairs on the Verrazano-Narrows Brid...


$10M Bridge Painting Project Awarded

The Blue Bridge will bring $10,070,000 in green to an Ohio painting contractor, under a newly awarded cleaning and coating contract.


WSDOT Announces Bridge Coating Project

Washington State is seeking proposals for cleaning and recoating the Nisqually River Bridges—a contract estimated at $5 million to $7.5 million.


Maine Awards $2M+ Bridge Painting

Maine's Joshua L. Chamberlain Bridge, named for the state's famous Civil War son, will be getting a $2.1 million facelift from Olympus Painting Contractors Inc., of Tarpon Springs, FL.


Bids Sought for 420K Gallon Tank

The West Kern Water District is accepting bids until Feb. 4 for cleaning and coating the interior and exterior of the Derby Acres Tank #16, a 420,000-gallon, welded-steel ground storage tank...


Scholarship, Service Take SSPC Awards

SAN ANTONIO—A scholarly yet sassy examination of the "nether world" of Corrosion Under Insulation took the 2013 Outstanding Publication Award on the opening day of SSPC 2013.


 
 
   

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