CoatingsPro Magazine

MAR 2016

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However, the crew on site couldn't coat during the winter months. Snow and freezing temperatures really aren't that conducive toward outside work, after all. Sunoco Logistics was able to work with the J. T. Torpe & Son crew and came up with a fexible schedule. Te coordinated scheduling also came into efect when working in the warmer months. During that weather, the crew needed to work around the humidity. "W hen you apply an intumescent coating, your humidity levels cannot be above 85 percent. So we would look at the forecast of the weather, be proactive and look ahead, and plan our work day schedule of of the forecast. By adapting to that on a daily basis, we weren't incurring delays and kept the schedule moving forward," Stallard said. In addition to watching the forecast, they also used gages from Elcometer to help monitor the humidity. "It's a very unique meter," Stallard said of the Elcometer 319, which measures the air temperature, relative humidity, and dew point, among other things. Overspray and access were additional factors on this jobsite. To avoid spraying any nearby equipment, the crew switched over to trowel-applying the intumescent coating when necessary. As for access, because the feld-applied coatings were done to a fully constructed structure, the crew worked from ground level all the way to the top. Tat meant using manlifts, platforms, and scafolding at times. Tey worked on Genie platforms with side rails and used Miller Twin Turbo Fall Protection Systems with D-ring connectors, again when necessary. "Tere are a lot of risks when you're on a customer's industrial site," Staford explained. For this on-site crew, that meant a variety of considerations, from the client's orienta- tion to working around other trades and near chemicals. It is a petrochemical facility after all. "You have to be aware of your surroundings, work safe, and work smart," Stallard said. According to him, the crew on this job was chosen for a specifc reason: "Our feld crews have shown that they can do that very well, and that's why we utilize them in those environments." Match Point With nine ofces in the United States, two locations in Canada, and more than 3,000 employees in total, it's no surprise that J. T. Torpe & Son needs to use a database to keep its local crafts organized around the continent. "We track the performance of every individual on each job," Stallard said. "And then we can ensure we're matching up the right skilled individual for that specifc job." And on this particular job, even though there were other projects going on in the shop and other trades in the feld at the same time, the crews were able to focus on the system and get the job done ahead of schedule and on budget. Tey plan to fnish out the remainder of phase 2 by the end of 2016. With a fexible crew and a successful system, this project has been a match made in heaven! CP 60 MARCH 2016 COATINGSPROMAG.COM To ensure that all coating thicknesses were right, the crew used a wet bridge gage before they installed the fiber mesh and later a coating thickness gage once the coatings were dry. Once on site, the pre-primed connection points and vessel skir ts received the coating system. Using fall protection and humidity gages, the crew completed phase 1 and plan to finish successfully with phase 2 this year. Passive Fire Protection System VENDOR TEAM 3M Safety equipment manufacturer 3M Center St. Paul, MN 55144 (800) 364-3577 Elcometer Inc. Equipment manufacturer 1893 Rochester Industrial Dr. Rochester Hills, MI 48309 (800) 521-0635 Genie by Terex Brand Equipment manufacturer 18340 NE 76th St. Redmond, WA 98052 (800) 536-1800 Graco Inc. Equipment manufacturer 88 11th Ave. NE Minneapolis, MN 55413 (612) 623-6000 International Paint by Akzo Nobel Coating manufacturer 6001 Antoine Dr. Houston, TX 77091 (800) 589-1267 Miller by Honeywell Safety equipment manufacturer 1345 15th St. P.O. Box 271 Franklin, PA 16323 (800) 873-5242

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