May 2021 Vol. 4

PCN – Communicating News In Protective Coatings Globally in Real-Time

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

NEWSMAKERS:  * AMPP * Axalta * Brookes Bell * Chugoku Paints * CUI * David Morton * Denso * ExcelPlas * Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon * Hempel * Ichthys * INPEX * I-Tech AB * NACE * PCN * Protective Coatings * Smart Coatings * Syneffex™ * Winn &Coates * Viscotaq™


I-Tech AB Receives ‘Substantial’ Order Worth 53 MSEK From Chugoku Marine Paints,c3347879

Inpex Takes Builder of its $45b Ichthys LNG Plant in Darwin to Court in Japan, Seeking $757.7m Repayment

AMPP Symposium to Feature Technical Papers on Protective Coating Failure Analysis and Guidance for Diagnosing Protective Coatings Failures

Winn & Coales (Denso) Acquires the Global Viscotaq™ Business Manufacturer of Viscoelastic Protective Coatings

Sustainable Corrosion Protection Through Digitization
Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon is coordinating a 5.5 million Euro EU project in creating a platform for innovative corrosion protection technologies

Syneffex Inc., Announces New Website to Highlight Company’s Patented Solutions to Corrosion Under Insulation

Industrial Nanotech CEO/CTO Stuart Burchill Announces Launch of Intelligent Coating Product Line

Axalta Launch 2021 Corporate Video: Accelerating Growth

Coating Consultant Cui Lei Joins Brookes Bell Having Previously Worked as a Coating Superintendent for the Safinah Group


Hempel Webinar on Inert Multi-Polymeric Matrix Coatings (MPMC) (15th June 2021)
By Hempel Chief CUI scientist David Morton and Head of Global EPC accounts, Alessandra Fionelli


Study on the Corrosion Resistance of Graphene Oxide-Based Epoxy Zinc-Rich Coatings

Self-Healing Performance of Smart Polymeric Coatings Modified with Tung Oil and Linalyl Acetate

Novel Anticorrosive Epoxy Coatings Containing Ultrafine Bamboo Char and Zinc Particles


Protect Your Assets with ExcelPlas Services for the Testing and Approval of Protective Coatings
ExcelPlas offers a host of laboratory services and support regarding the conformity of coatings to International Standards. These include:

  • Certification of Coatings and Coating Systems
  • Pre-qualification Testing of Coatings in Our Own ISO Accredited Testing Laboratory
  • Technical and Statutory Support for Achieving Compliance
  • Analytical Support and Durability Testing for New Coatings


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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.

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