How protective coatings save you time and money

2 June, 2023

Industrial Coatings

When it comes to safeguarding your industrial assets, TPS360 have you covered. We understand the crucial role of industrial coatings, and how they are designed not only for their protective, but also for their aesthetic properties. Most importantly, we understand that protecting your assets represents a long term saving for your company.

Protection against corrosion

One of the primary applications of protective coatings is corrosion protection. The problem with corrosion is that it gradually deteriorates materials, affecting their structural integrity and appearance, as well as their resistance to liquids and gases.

All things do deteriorate with use and age, but worn or corroded equipment results in performance issues and can create environmental hazards. Protective coatings can extend the lifetime of equipment by shielding it from harsh environmental conditions and by helping postpone inevitable decay due to abrasion, oxidization, or other forms of breakdown.

Corrosion protection acts as a formidable defence for your surfaces. By forming a physical barrier, it effectively isolates the substrate from its surrounding environment. In this way, robust protection is provided against corrosive elements that can compromise the integrity of your assets.

Any facilities manager worth their salt wants to avoid the damage caused by corrosion, as firstly, it will reduce repair costs. Exposure to elements and chemical or electrochemical reactions results in the deterioration of the entire exposed surface of parts and equipment, which may then require a complete replacement.

Also, corroded equipment takes time to fix or replace, causing operations to be put on hold, further increasing losses from the delay in production. Furthermore, damage to equipment can cause accidents in production or malfunctions which can, in their turn, cause injuries or even loss of lives.

Finally, corrosion protection makes industrial equipment last longer and extend its efficiency. The long and short of it is that the better protected your equipment is now, the more money you’ll save in the long run.

Our solutions achieve corrosion protection through various clever mechanisms. They can either impede the interaction of elements that initiate the corrosion process, or actively inhibit electrochemical reactions, or even guide the corrosion process in a manner that minimises harm to your assets. Whatever the specific requirements of your project, you can rest assured that we have the expertise and solutions to deliver optimal corrosion protection.

Protection against fire

Another of the primary applications of protective coatings is that of fire protection.

Fire protection is required as a safeguard and guarantees the integrity of steel structures by providing a time related resistance when they are subjected to intense heat.

Passive Fire Protection

Passive fire protection systems reduce the rate at which temperature rises on a protected structure. They do this primarily through heat absorption, reflection and insulation. The reason that they are known as ‘passive’ is that they don’t require external activation to work, so no need for a high-powered water jet to deluge them! This is why they are considered more reliable, provided they are installed correctly.

In high-risk facilities, the most common form of passive fire protection (also known as PFP) is epoxy intumescent coatings. These not only protect structural steel from extreme heat, but also provide full corrosion protection. These kinds of coatings are usually applied by spray application using dedicated spray pumps. They can only be applied onto properly prepared surfaces, and surface preparation and priming are critical to their adhesion and, in consequence, longevity. 

At TPS360, we specialise in providing fire protection for structural steel, offering a range of options that provide fire resistance for durations ranging from 15 to 120 minutes.

How we protect your steel

As a passive fire resistance measure in buildings, we use intumescent coatings (fire protective coatings). At TPS360, we have strong partnerships with industry-leading intumescent coating manufacturers, and it’s for this reason that we’re fully prepared to support you in selecting and installing the best coating solutions to meet your project needs.

Our protective coatings team are proud members of the Industrial Coating Applicator Training Scheme (ICATS) and the Institute of Corrosion. This means that we are equipped with specialised knowledge of surface preparation and protective coating application. What’s more, we have extensive experience serving diverse industries, including petrochemical, nuclear, rail, infrastructure, new build projects, architectural finishes, storage tanks, bridges, and repair and restoration works.

Not only can we provide a wide range of high-quality coatings to protect your assets, but we also offer a comprehensive independent specification and inspection service for all our projects. Our dedicated steel corrosion control team managed by Technical Sales Manager Steve Elsey focuses on managing the lifespan of our customers’ essential industrial assets. Steve possesses a NACE/AMPP Level 2 coatings inspector certification, demonstrating his technical expertise and competence in evaluating coating applications and ensuring compliance with industry standards.

So, thanks to our healthy relationships with industry suppliers, combined with a shed load of expertise from Steve, our solutions go way beyond traditional definitions, offering not only enhanced protection but also decorative and functional properties that meet your unique requirements. That’s why you can trust us to deliver comprehensive solutions that protect and preserve your valuable infrastructure.

From specification through to selection and application, TPS360 provide the very best help and support to protect your assets. Get in touch today.

View our case studies

Here is a selection of projects that we have completed in a number of different industry sectors. They demonstrate the expertise and professionalism that we bring to find a solution to each challenge.