Harsh Alberta winters make it difficult to apply coatings outdoors as cold temperatures may negatively impact coating quality. Heating and hoarding isolates freshly applied coatings from cold temperatures, allowing the product to cure effectively, although this comes at a substantially increased cost, accounting for up to 60 percent of overall operations.
The Alberta Manufacturing and Fabrication Innovation (AMFI) Program held a half-day Coatings Workshop on February 2, presenting results of testing performed on coating systems specifically formulated by manufacturers for use in low temperatures. Over 30 guests from companies small and large from northern and central Alberta participated.
InnoTech Alberta’s Corrosion Engineering team relied on CSA Standard Z245.30 to evaluate two liquid and two tape-based low-temperature coating systems which reduce the requirement for heating and hoarding, potentially reducing overall costs for the applicator. The coating systems were applied in a freezer to simulate real-world conditions.
As part of the workshop, Dr. Harry Tsaprailis of Enbridge Inc. delivered a presentation titled, “Fitness for Purpose of Low Temperature Cure Liquid-Applied Coating Systems for Pipeline Maintenance” and discussed considerations that go into coatings being approved for use by Enbridge. The presentation was very well received and the discussion that followed provided valuable insight for those in the audience. The day’s presentations were followed by a networking session and catered lunch, allowing those in attendance to connect with other likeminded members in the industry.
The AMFI Program aims to help Alberta manufacturers and fabricators be globally competitive by accelerating the adoption of new and advanced technologies to increase productivity and quality. The program is offered through InnoTech Alberta and is financially supported by the Government of Alberta and the National Research Council’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP).
For additional information on the program and upcoming events, visit the AMFI website or contact the Program Lead, Peter Krzesinski, by email or at 780-450-5291.