Coatings Inspection Services
Corrpro's wide ranging coating related services include engineering for coating system selection, coating inspection, research on novel coating formulations and more. As one of the nation's premier coating inspection companies, Corrpro offers services for pipelines in extreme environments, bridge/tunnel structures in urban areas and marine vessels traveling the world.
Corrpro provides coating selection and design information for major industrial activities, private manufacturers and the military. This design work includes coating evaluation, specifications, application procedures, QA processes and more.
Protective Coatings Inspection Services
Even the best of protective coating systems will fail prematurely if not properly applied. Protective coatings are essentially purchased unassembled--their ultimate performance is largely dependent upon the quality with which they are installed. In fact, the majority of premature failures are attributed to improper surface preparation and coating application, not to faulty coating materials.
The role of the Corrpro coatings inspector is to ensure that the coating manufacturer's instructions are followed and specified requirements are achieved. In this way, the performance of a coatings system can be optimized and the design service life attained. This quality-assured approach maximizes return on investments by providing the lowest possible life cycle costs for a coatings system when calculated on a cost-per-year basis.
Corrpro's NACE International trained and certified inspectors utilize a comprehensive assortment of state-of-the-art test instrumentation and equipment to verify and document compliance with your specification requirements.
The major quality inspection points typically include the following criteria:
- Contamination and structural defects have been removed from the substrate prior to surface preparation operations
- Weather conditions are within the specified tolerances
- The surface preparation and coatings application equipment are adequate to produce the desired results, considering the project scope and conditions of work
- The surface preparation is achieving the specified results with respect to cleanliness and surface roughness
- The coatings materials are as specified
- The coatings are properly mixed and applied in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions and specifications' requirements
- The coatings system has been applied to the specified dry film thickness and is free from unallowable defects
Other value-added benefits of inspection include problem avoidance through timely identification and resolution of concerns, improved communication through detailed daily reports, tracking of nonconforming work and complete documented history of the work performed.
For most facility owners, protective coatings systems represent a significant financial investment that clearly warrants a dedicated and comprehensive quality assurance effort to ensure that their investment is successful. In contrast, the consequences of premature coatings failures can be far-reaching and generally result in damages several times that of the original installation cost due to impacts on operations, lost revenues, damage to the physical asset and complete removal and replacement of the failed coatings.
Although coating selection is a critical factor, today's high performance protective coatings systems are complex materials that can be difficult to apply and unforgiving of the many variables associated with their installation. A full-time Corrpro coatings inspector is the single best investment that can be made toward preventing costly premature coatings failures.
Corrpro's project managers utilize a proactive approach to help ensure that protective coatings projects are completed on time, within budget and with quality workmanship. From the project planning phase through final inspection and client acceptance, our managers practice vision, initiative and leadership to prevent problems that could cause schedule delays, budget overruns and rework.
Construction Inspection and Field Coordination
The Corrpro inspection staff includes licensed general contractors and Certified Uniform Building Code Inspectors (UBCI). Through this knowledge and skill base we provide cost effective construction management support in addition to protective coatings inspection services.
Trained and qualified personnel are an integral part of a successful protective coatings and corrosion control program. Corrpro provides practical training for applicators, inspectors, managers and engineers.
Our training programs include technical instruction in:
- Corrosion theory and corrosion control principles and methods
- Protective coatings technology
- Surface preparation and coating application techniques
- Calibration and use of inspection instruments
Corrpro conducts broad research on various types of coatings. This includes performance testing of coatings in simulated environments. Our Ocean City Research Corporation subsidiary is a leader in research for the public sector. This research ranges from field evaluations of coating systems for over coating lead-based bridge coatings to fundamental research on analytical methods for predicting coating failure.
Consulting and Inspection
Corrpro provides third party on-site inspection services, corrosion surveys for quality assurance and failure analysis of coatings and metallic structures. Our experience includes industrial structures, military equipment, bridges and marine facilities.
Accurate and dependable test equipment is essential for performing proper inspections of protective coatings operations. Through extensive field use and experience, Corrpro has compiled a selection of the best coatings inspection instrumentation currently available. Instruments can be purchased individually or packaged in sets.