In order to operate at maximum efficiency, we utilise a wide range of advanced tools, instruments and machinery.
Using the right instrument at the appropriate time in the industrial coatings process is critical to the success and longevity of each project. Below is a list of just some of the tools that our experts work with to produce first-class results.
Cross Hatch Cutter
We rely on this robust tool when conducting crucial adhesion tests. It instantly assesses the quality of a bond to a substrate and offers advanced adhesion testing for a variety of coating thicknesses from 1mm to 3mm.
Assessing the roughness of grit or shot blasted surfaces is very important. These comparators offer us four reference profile grades to compare the blasted profile against.
Bresle Salt Kit
Surface preparation is absolute critical to the success and durability of an industrial coating. If a coating is applied to a surface that has not been properly prepared and correctly analysed for contaminants, it may well need to be re-coated – reducing profit and increasing timescales.
This bresle kit allows us to accurately assess both the salinity and conductivity of test samples taken from project substrates.
Essential for the detection of pinholes, cracks, thin spots, voids, foreign inclusions or any damaged area within a protective coating.
Coating Thickness Gauge
We use a top of the range coating thickness gauge that conforms to both National and International standards. This reliable tool allows us to accurately measure dry film thickness on smooth, rough, thin or curved surfaces.
This thickness gauge is used by the team to measure the “peak to valley” height of a surface profile moulded in replica tape. It also displays the anvil pressure that is required in Standards.
This is used prevalently in the industrial coatings industry to measure surface profile height. It allows us to create a reverse replica mould of the “peak to valley” profile of a surface which can then be measured using our thickness gauge.
Dew point Meter
To ensure that we are always painting in optimal conditions, this tool is used to assess all relevant climatic parameters such as air and surface temperature, humidity and dew point temperature. Working in the right environment is critical not only to surface preparation but also the application of coatings. If moisture is allowed to become trapped between a substrate and coating – this could very well cause the coating to corrupt and require costly correction.
Another kind of instrument used by the team to assess surface quality. By monitoring the gloss levels of a surface, we can identify unusual readings which may suggest potential chipping or flaking in the future.