Products Finishing

NOV 2013

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Piling on for Powder Coating feet in length. The piles are tongue-and-grooved so that they interlock to form a continuous barrier, typically used in retaining walls. When the piles are installed, they are stood on end vertically and held in place by a temporary steel frame until about 25 piles are in a line, where they are then power driven into the ground with a large pneumatic driver attached to a crane. When the driving is finished, only about five feet of the pile is left above ground, While the coating sustained minimal damage during installation in the Bahamas project, several piles were later removed and it was noted that there were no areas in which the topcoat Scotchkote 6352 was completely removed down to the base Scotchkote 226N, thus leaving the protection intact. Lane is also targeting the solar energy market, where canopies and roofs with solar panels are built over parking lots. Superior Performance "We know that our coatings are going to be a little more expensive, and we know we will lose business because of that, but there is no question that the epoxy powder coatings can perform the job that these engineers want it to perform," Anderson says. Valspar and 3M are not the only makers of FBE powder coatings, nor are they the only companies pushing the technology into more mainstream uses than just pipes and energy components. Axalta's Nap-Gard epoxy powder coatings have been around since the mid-1950s, but are mostly used today in coating pipe with epoxy coatings for the oil and gas industry. But Anderson says the big push to get more powder coating used in construction projects will come about when FBE epoxy coatings get specified into projects by the engineers and regulatory agencies that oversee most of the road, bridge and building projects in the U.S. "The key will be getting more powder coating specified into the process from the beginning," Anderson says. "And we are working with entities. We just went up to Maine and had discussions with those people about getting the epoxy specified in, so it's a work in progress. It's always evolving." driving projects and others that previously may have used coal tar. Lane is also checking into the solar energy market, where canopies and roofs are being constructed over parking lots, and solar panels are used as the roof material. The customer then catches the sun's rays and harvests the energy, selling it back to the electric company. "There are a lot more options out there than just what the everyday coater has been going after," Anderson says. "We'll go talk to anybody, anywhere to get their work." For more information on Lane Coatings, please visit Piling Industry Meanwhile, Lane Coatings is hoping to get more ingrained into the piling business. The company joined the Pile Drivers Contractors Association and other trade groups in hopes of meeting those in the industry and fostering new relationships. "We think we have the advantage over other coaters who do the pipe piling because those guys can't do the sheet and the H piles," Anderson says. "We've got a 120-foot long oven, so we can handle just about anything. It's a real advantage for us." Anderson, Strohm and Hinkelman will continue to plug away at promoting FBE epoxy powder coating, hoping to move the needle on getting additional work from pile Powder Formulation 101 Powder coatings have achieved a great deal of respect in the coatings world over the years. Their positive attributes are many and the list continues to grow as new developments come about, but the most important characteristics include what the industry refers to as the "Five Es": efficiency, economy, energy-saving, environmentally friendly and excellence of finish. PRODUCTS FINISHING — 29

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