December 2018 Vol. 4

PCN – Communicating Advances In Protective Coatings Globally in Real Time

Leading Source of Industry News on Protective Coatings for Oil & Gas, Pipelines, Marine and Construction

Jotun and Kansai Paint Announce Partnership for Protective Coatings (BREAKING NEWS)

New Protective Marine Coating Available from PPG (BREAKING NEWS)

Molybdate-phosphate Conversion Coatings to Protect Steel in a Simulated Concrete Pore Solution

Investigating Premature Coating Failures
Failure Analysis and Dispute Resolution for Protective Coatings Projects; NATA Certified Experts; Professional approach; +20 Years Experience; Responsive; Great Service; Services: Defect Mapping, Written Repair Procedures, Investigation & Findings.

Eight Halls Full Of Innovations For The International Coatings Industry For The First Time (MAJOR COATINGS EXHIBITION)

Corrosion Protection of Epoxy Coating with pH Sensitive Microcapsules Encapsulating Cerium Nitrate (NEW ADDITIVES)

A Brief Review of Corrosion Protective Films and Coatings Based on Graphene and Graphene Oxide (NEW ADDITIVES)

PPG Acquires Anti-Corrosion Coating Formula from Navy

Axalta Wins PaintSquare’s Prestige Award for General Industrial Product Selector App

Stopping Corrosion in Mine & Quarry Structures with EonCoat™  (NEW COATINGS)

New Zealand Company Pioneers Crack-Detecting Robots for Protective  Coatings

NEW Tank Inspection Robots Can Check Coatings for Cracking and Cure (NEW ROBOTS)

Upcoming Australian Protective Coatings and Applications Technical Seminar (4th April 2019)

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ExcelPlas Labs provides independent testing, analysis and investigation on protective coatings to prevent corrosion.

ExcelPlas has extensive analytical capabilities for testing of Protective Coatings and Insulation Consulting for major oil and gas companies.

We conduct corrosion surveys, coating sampling, coating analysis and testing to ensure coating specifications for a wide range of onshore and offshore clients in Australia and the Asia-Pacific Region.

ExcelPlas Labs offer a full range of coating testing and analytical services to Australia’s mining, oil, gas and infrastructure sectors.

Forensic analysis for undertaking various coating based failure investigations and problem solving.

ExcelPlas Undertakes Analysis & Testing of Polymer Coating Systems including:
• Epoxy Protective Coatings
• Epoxy-Phenolic Protective Coatings
• Fusion bonded epoxy (FBE)
• Dual-Layer Fusion bonded epoxy (DLFBE)
• Liquid applied epoxy (LAE)
• Abrasion resistant overcoat (ARO)
• Three-layer PE (3LPE)
• Multi-component liquid spray  (MCL)
• Heat shrink sleeves (HSS)

Testing on Coatings that ExcelPlas can Undertake includes:
• Coating identification by Infra-red Analysis (FTIR)
• Degree of Cure by Thermal Analysis (DSC)
• Coating Filler Identification by X-ray Analysis (EDS/XRD)
• Coating Microstructure by Embedding, Polishing and Optical Microscopy (OM)
• Coating Thermal Stability and Composition by Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA)

DSC – Phase transition/volatiles / Tg / degree of cure/characterisation
TGA – Volatile compounds, inorganic mass % mix ratio
Element mapping for chlorides on paint flakes
Microscopy -Count layers and thickness of layers
-Assess porosity and voids
-Check distribution and orientation of filler particles

Condition monitoring and analysis of corrosion prevention coatings (epoxies, epoxy-phenolics)

Testing of Epoxy Coatings (LAE, FJC, FBE), heat shrink sleeves and tapes, barrier tapes and meshes.