A Guide To Industrial Coatings

Industrial equipment needs to be protected from the forces of nature. It is nice to have a good appearance, but a high strength coating will protect the equipment it is applied to as well. This protection is necessary from an owners standpoint to protect their investment. A good industrial coating will ensure the protection and longevity of equipment and the buildings they are in.

Industrial equipment is subjected to many harsh environments. When a caustic process is used in an industrial setting, this equipment needs to be coated with a material that will not corrode. If a structural member is not protected, the corroding effect of that process can compromise the structural integrity and produce an unsafe situation.

When living by an industrial complex, spills are a top concern for property owners. When harmful chemicals invade the groundwater, the cost of cleanup can easily reach millions of dollars. A protective liner needs to be in place when a spill occurs. These liners are impervious to the spill, making cleanup much easier. Often, tanks are placed in a special containment field. These areas have a wall completely surrounding the tank. The walls and floor of this area needs a protective coating that is also impenetrable to the spilled solution.

Another good example of the need for a protective coating is bulk storage tanks. These tanks are typically installed and maintained outside. There are some very good reasons for this. A failure of one of these tanks inside a building would create an immediate threat to the workers inside the complex. It is safer to have these tanks outside, still this means the tanks are always being attacked by the environment. Rain, hail, wind, and snow all work at trying to corrode these vessels. The need for a durable finish on these tanks is essential.

Industrial and municipal piping needs to have a protective coating to promote an extended length of service. Municipalities coat piping before it is buried underground. When the pipe is installed water is immediately on the attack. These piping systems are designed for many years of service, making a good coating mandatory.

Some coatings are more for aesthetic value than anything else. A fresh coat of paint will brighten up an industrial complex. It makes the work area look better and covers old paint. It actually can save the building some money in the process. An area painted in light colors that reflect light will require less lighting. It is easier to maintain environmental elements, such as humidity, when plain cement or block walls are sealed and painted.