Pacific Urethanes has some great news to share!
We are proud to announce that Campbell Douglas, one of our highly respected Development Chemists, is now a Certified NACE 2 Coating Inspector.
Campbell is an invaluable asset to our company. His certification will importantly contribute to the added value Pacific Urethanes offers its clients. The services of a highly knowledgeable and trained specialist, qualified to approve spray applied projects and assist provide critical maintenance information will be invaluable to the success of our industry.
The NACE Coatings Inspector Program (CIP) is the world’s most recognised and specified coating inspection certification program. The certification is for inspectors responsible for performing and documenting non-destructive and destructive inspections of liquid and non-liquid coatings to any substrate.
Protective coatings play a critical role as a main defence system against corrosion and is the most common cause of failure in steel structures. It is therefore important, to regularly examine these coatings by qualified inspectors who assess the condition of the coating, and identify current and potential problems.
Corrosion can slowly destroy the substrate and potentially affect the condition of its contents. Regular anti-corrosive coating inspections can avoid high financial costs associated with corrosion as well as ensures maximum service life of the equipment.
Role of an NACE Coating Inspector
NACE certified inspectors are highly educated on advanced inspection techniques, and specialised application for both steel and non-steel substrates, including specialized coatings and linings. A NACE qualified inspector will have a thorough knowledge of the client’s specification, standards and building codes along with,
- Tank design and coating formulas
- Reaction of coatings to different substrates
- Coating application techniques
- Factors that affect how coatings adhere to the substrate and how long they last
They are trained to,
- visually examine the coatings over the entire substrate, paying particular attention to vulnerable areas
- detect errors in the coating application
- identify current and potential problems with the coating
- provide critical maintenance strategies & repair suggestions
- advise on when recoating is necessary to ensure sufficient protection
NACE Qualification & Advanced Technology
NACE inspectors are extensively trained, and use advanced technology to,
- identify types of environmental controls and inspection concerns associated with the use of digital electronic hygrometers, data loggers, and wind speed monitors
- identify standards, methods of use, and inspection concerns for centrifugal blast cleaning and water-jetting equipment
- recognize the importance of surface preparation, application, and inspection of liquid-applied and thick barrier linings
- utilize destructive coating inspection equipment, such as adhesion and hardness testers, pH meters and ultrasonic thickness and eddy-current dry film thickness gauges
- recognize the methods of use, standards, and inspection concerns for specialized application equipment including plural-component, electrostatic and centrifugal, and hot spray systems
- recall concrete coating techniques, concerns and test instruments used for inspection
- identify specialized coating techniques and application of non-liquid coatings including powdered coatings, spray metalizing, hot-dip galvanizing and automated coatings application
- distinguish between different coating survey techniques, procedures, and common coating failure modes
- describe maintenance coating operations, as well as health and safety concerns