Corrosion Industry Experts Share What Innovations They See on the Horizon in 2019
If you want to know what innovations to look forward to in the corrosion industry this year, just ask an expert.
Corrosionpedia went to NACE Corrosion 2019 (the world’s largest conference and exposition on corrosion) in Nashville to seek out corrosion professionals to find out what new innovations to look out for this year.
The biggest takeaway from the show tends to be the conversations with active industry colleagues and customers to learn new corrosion prevention techniques, materials, and equipment to help improve corrosion mitigation.
There was a lot of great feedback and expert insight, and we decided to share some of the best quotes with you.
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We use rectifier monitors to capture monthly readings on volts and amps, but we also offer synchronized interruption and can locate pipes with the rectifier output which is truly cutting edge.
We’re adding graphene materials to epoxy and polyurethane corrosion coatings, both zinc-based primers, to dramatically change and improve the corrosion performance in a range of corrosion applications. From water-based to much harsher corrosion environments, like C4, C5 and even CX type applications.
Earlier Corrosion Detection
Our customers are looking for total solutions to corrosion. A lot of companies are now becoming proactive to stopping and preventing corrosion. Corrosion prevention used to only start at the end stages with a lot of our customers, but that’s not when corrosion starts. It begins during assembly, manufacturing, and all of the early stages of transport.
Now we’re seeing a growing trend with companies in seeking to defend corrosion much earlier on in the process before it becomes a serious problem. And that’s exactly how we want to help our customers achieve success.
John Wulterkens - Technical Service Supervisor, Cortec Corporation
We use the VRSim model as a good training device when we demonstrate how to mix up paint and how to know what to look for when applying the coatings. The VR model covers all the different aspects of spray painting: angles, spray gun speeds, and other related conventional techniques. Afterwards, we’re able to demonstrate proper paint mixing techniques so that it’s a complete virtual training package.
David Burtle - Director of Training/Field Representative, IUPAT
Innovative and Interactive Industry Training
Our new technology and hardware is providing an exciting, fresh take on industry training and is bridging the gap for the next generation to keep learning fun and interactive.
Jay Poulin, Software Engineer, VRSim
Exclusive U.S. Manufacturing
We’re proud of our Electrostop monolithic isolation joints because they are exclusively manufactured in the U.S.. We can confidently say every piece is tested, safely packaged, and will last from 25-50 years.
Tamer Bebawy - Eastern USA Sales Manager, GPT Industries
Hydrophobic Insulation Materials
From all the years we’ve attended NACE, this year we’ve noticed a huge spike in companies offering hydrophobic insulation materials. What used to be, maybe two companies offering this, we’re now seeing more than a dozen.
John Williams - VP, Marketing & Technical Services, Aspen Aerogels, Inc.
We have a multi-purpose removable tool that can handle insertion lengths from a few inches to 27ft and pressures to 5,000 psi. This single tool is used to insert corrosion monitoring products, such as coupons, ER and UT probes where the corrosion is most likely to occur. The tool can be used for both monitoring and mitigation products such as injection quills, atomizers and siphons / sample probes. Although, our products are insertable and retractable, there are instances where hydrates, pipeline pigs and debris bend the probes or rods. Our robust tool couples to the rods and shafts and will help straighten what has been bent and extract it. This action prevents an expensive and time consuming depressurization, while being the safest on the market - requiring just a single technician.
We are excited about the revolutionary new ultrasonic (UT) corrosion probe introduced in 2017. The required data logger energizes the UT transducer sending a wave through a weight loss coupon providing immediate MPY corrosion readings. You can also send the coupon to the laboratory like in traditional practices. Since our products are inserted into flowing processes, all probes and shafts are provided with wake frequency calculations for your peace of mind.
Lance Witt - Regional Sales Manager, Sentry Equipment Corp.
Improved Coating Formulas
We’ve recently improved our formula for our WeatherBloc-HRC highly reflective rooftop coating. The coating prevents radiating heat gain and leaks from any small crevices. Just looking at most rooftops in general it’s easy to spot the corrosion and imperfections, so to be able to support the cause with our improved coating formula is a big plus to the industry.
Cody Watson - Technical Specialist, Mascoat
Improved Calibration Processes
Calibration is very important in the corrosion industry and our customers always need their equipment to be up to date and working properly. We recognized this need and improved our processes over the years to relieve any calibration concerns or problems that could impact their project timings. We’ve received very positive feedback from all our clients and it’s something we continue to build and improve on to always make sure our customers’ equipment is up to date and efficiently calibrated.
Matthew Fajt - Vice President, KTA-Tator Inc.
Extended Coating Life Cycles
We’re honoured and very proud of our 2019 NACE Corrosion Innovation of the Year Award, and we’re excited about our Nano-Clear® industrial coating that dramatically improves corrosion, weathering, abrasion, chemical and UV resistance.
NCI is a low VOC product that is designed to be applied over newly painted or previously painted assets that use a conventional paint coating system.
Companies expend vast amounts of capital repainting ships, equipment and miles of pipelines every two years, but now with our Nano-Clear® coatings, we can extend their coating cycles by up to ten years; it’s a million dollar cost-saving, award-winning coating technology.
Thomas Choate - Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Nanovere Technologies, LLC.
Organic and Environmentally Friendly Materials
Oxifree’s TM198 thermoplastic anti-corrosion coating works on areas where conventional paint fails to protect. It’s completely organic and environmentally friendly, and designed to last up to 10 years on flanges and valves; these are the parts where conventional paint products tend to fail.
Brian Smith - Operations Manager, Oxifree Global Ltd.
Improved Corrosion Management
We help owners create strategies in corrosion management with our PPG AIM (asset integrity management) software platform. It’s a user-friendly tool that managers can use to catalog their assets and group them in such a way that they simulate different budget scenarios.
Our platform helps create a corrosion management program to correctly forecast the future of those assets. It allows managers to know what exactly to paint, when to paint, how to paint, and how much it will end up costing if they postpone any painting projects.
Kevin Gooding - National Account Manager, PPG Industries
Liquid Floor Polymer Coatings
Our Halar ECTFE liquid floor polymer coating is used in aggressive environments for corrosion protection. In the past, we experienced a lot of application limitations with conventional powder coatings, but with our new liquid Halar polymer, it can be used on smaller piping, internal piping, portable containers, vessels and tanks; all places that were previously difficult to coat with a powder application.