Why The Petrochemical Industry Puts Its Trust In Thermal Coatings

In the petrochemical industry, starting as early as extraction and assisting all the way through the refining process, the application and use of surfacing technologies is irreplaceable. Simply put – in a high-volume production setting, thermal spray coatings extend the performance of equipment. Within the industry, a wide variety of applications experience reduced part wear thanks to the protective coatings applied through the thermal spray process.

The well-established processes involved here include PTA or plasma transfer arc, cold spray, and thermal spray. Under the most extreme operating conditions, these processes provide invaluable corrosion and wear-resistant surfaces.

A Qualified, Certified Thermal Spray Company Is Vital

Surface operations require OEM designed equipment of a sophisticated nature. Coatings for the enhancement of specific surfaces must be applied using equipment that has been updated and improved to current specifications. Only a qualified, reputable company should be used, whether your petrochemical industry needs are separation cells, tar sands, extraction, high pressure fracking, or downhole drilling. Further areas of assistance can include addressing persistent concerns regarding maintenance and production engineers, sophisticated valve systems, pumps, rotating equipment, refining, pipeline transports, and more.

Possible Applications

The petrochemical industry has discovered that companies that deal in protective coatings differ slightly. Various companies provide differing services. Some of the services offered by companies can include the following:

  • Grinding and machining
  • Welding solutions, cold spray, and thermal spray
  • Polishing equipment and diamond wheels
  • Surface and dimensional finish enhancements
  • PTA (plasma transfer arc) for high impact components
  • Hard carbide thermal spray on sliding wear and abrasive wear
  • Highly polished, ceramic seal surfaces

Regardless, the right company should review and discuss what your industry is currently doing regarding solutions to any and all problems. Before optional, alternate solutions can be offered, a company will determine how their finishing and surfacing capabilities can improve an industry’s existing issues.

More About Various Applications

In the petrochemical industry, the following can come into play:

  • Corrosion, cavitation, and pipe erosion – inside piping, critical issues are presented in pipe components from material flow damage experienced during refining, transport, extraction, and drilling.
  • Conveyor components, mixers, and screws – material flow is kept at an efficient rate thanks to specially engineered coatings on conveying equipment.
  • Bearing areas, shaft seals, and pump plungers – product quality improvements result from the reduction of contamination into process environments and motors.
  • Casings and pump impellers – the life of interior casings, faceplates, and impellers is extended with proper coating.
  • Components for mud pumps – notable wear improvements are realized through corrosion seal treatments and the HVOF process.
  • Mandrel components – protective coatings may be used on packers, seals, and other parts associated with component hardfacing.
  • Seats, slides, and gate valves – here, finishing requirements and part configuration are major factors in determining the appropriate resurfacing solution.
  • And everything from offshore drilling applications to tar sands, oil, and gas – corrosion and wear resistant protective services are essential.

A&A Coatings serves numerous industries throughout the nation including the petrochemical industry. We have solutions to corrosion problems and other protective or resurfacing coatings. We also offer coatings specifically geared toward safety. To explore all of the alternative surfaces and application methods, contact one of our knowledgeable representatives today.


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