Major investment in coatings testing for Exova

Posted: Friday 17th August 2012

Exova, the world’s largest dedicated testing group, has made a significant investment in its coatings testing capability as it reacts to increasing customer demand.

The group has increased the cathodic disbondment (CD) testing facilities at its Salford laboratory, providing the capability to perform over 200 individual tests at both room temperature and elevated temperatures any one time. The industry standard for most testing laboratories is 20-30 tests running simultaneously.

The investment will mean the Salford laboratory, which services major clients from across the globe, remains at the forefront of the industry and able to offer customers a much-increased service.

CD is an important test for industries including pipeline, utility, oil and gas and coatings manufacturers, used to evaluate the long-term performance of corrosion coatings such as liquid paint and fusion bonded epoxy (FBE) used to protect the pipes.

CD testing is included in many industry standards including NFA49-710 and 711, ASTM G8 and G42, ISO 12068, NACE RP0394 and ISO 15711. The new equipment will allow Exova to perform testing in accordance with these and many related standards.

Lynda Barron, operations manager for Exova’s coatings division, said: “Our Salford laboratory carries out tests for clients across the globe, and this is a significant increase in our testing capability as we see increased demand for our services.

“Demand for multiple testing, especially for field joint coatings, has increased dramatically in the past year and we recognise the need of major clients to be able to carry out large numbers of tests at any one time.

“As a result of the expansion of our coatings testing capacity our customers will continue to receive the speed and quality of testing service they have come to expect, supported by a comprehensive range of related services at their disposal.”

Exova’s world-leading Coatings division offers a range of testings services including fire, corrosion, adhesion, validation of ballast tank coatings and weathering.

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