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Monday, August 26, 2019

Can Powercrete J be used on other Epoxies?

Is Powercrete J Compatible with Other Epoxies?

     Recently, I've run across two or three different projects where the field joint coating specification is calling for two different epoxy coatings to be used to coat a field joint.  These specifications are calling for one non-Powercrete epoxy to act as the actual coating on the girth weld; and they call for Powercrete J to be used as an ARO coating to protect that other manufacturer's coating.

     This doesn't make a lot of sense.  I think the root of the problem is that there are some engineers out there today who are confused about the Powercrete product line.  Let me sum that up below.

     Powercrete (now called Powercrete-DD) is the premier abrasion resistant overcoat out in the market.  Superior to all competitors, Powercrete DD (directional drilling) has a successful use history that spans many years.  But, Powercrete DD is not a stand alone coating - it is exactly what it says:  an abrasion resistant overcoat (ARO). 

     As a matter of fact, Powercrete DD was performing so well; that the obvious question was being asked by customers:  This product is great!  Why don't you have a coating for the field joints??  That is where Powercrete J was originally born.  Powercrete J is a stand alone coating that also acts as its own ARO coating.  It is abrasion resistant; it also has great CD values and excellent performance in every other technical aspect that might be important to you. 

     The simple fact is:  Powercrete J is an excellent coating all on its own.  Though it is compatible as an overcoat for other epoxies (including FBE and Powercrete DD of course), it can be an inefficient use of resources (dollars and labor) to install an epoxy as the field joint coating; wait for it to fully cure; sand it down; then apply Powercrete J to it.  Why not just start with 40 or 60 mils of Powercrete J? 

     The same can be said of the other excellent SFL products:  Powercrete R65/F1 and Powercrete R95.  These are stand alone epoxy pipeline coatings. 

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Powercrete R95 Kits

Powercrete R95 Kits

2# R95 Epoxy
A full pallet of Powercrete R95 2# Kits wrapped and strapped
     Joint Specialists is now kitting and stocking Powercrete R95 kits in both 2 pound and 4 pound.  These are sold as Powercrete R95 2# Kits and Powercrete R95 4# Kits.  We are able to offer some other sizes if necessary. 

    Available in any quantity of 8; a full pallet of either Powercrete R95 2# or Powercrete R95 4# would contain 192 kits (though we do not require full pallet sales). 

Powercrete R95
A few boxes of R95 4# Kits - "B" on top; "A" on bottom
      Powercrete R95 is a high build, solvent free, novolac epoxy coating.  It can be used for extra protection on top of FBE mainline coatings or as a direct to metal corrosion prevention coating.  R95 has excellent chemical resistance and can be used on pipelines operating at up to 95C (203F).  Powercrete R95 can a applied in up to 40 mils in one pass.  

Friday, May 10, 2019

Powercrete In Stock

Powercrete Stock Overview - Joint Specialists

     As previously announced here, Joint Specialists has entered into a partnership agreement with Seal for Life to take on Powercrete kit production.  One big question when such a significant change is made is:  how much stock is going to be available for immediate shipment? 

    So here is a list of current Powercrete kit stock currently sitting on shelves in the JSI warehouse in Conroe, Texas.

Powercrete J 2# Kits - more than 8000 in stock
Powercrete J 4# Kits - more than 3000 in stock
Powercrete J 10# Kits - only a couple dozen in stock, but we have raw materials to make thousands

Powercrete R65 1# Kits - 1000 in process
Powercrete R65 2# Kits - 2000 in process
Powercrete R65 4# Kits - 1000 in process
Powercete R65 10# Kits - none in stock but have raw material to make thousands

Powercrete R95 2# Kits - 1000 in stock, hundreds in process
Powercrete R95 4# Kits - 750 in stock, hundreds in process

     Beyond this, packaging has been revamped on the product.  We are selling these products (2# and 4#) only in quantities of 8 kits.  This allows us to insure proper packaging, best practices for hazmat shipping, etc. 

     As it stands now, a full pallet of 2# or 4# Powercrete J or Powercrete R65/F1 or Powercrete R95 consists of 192 kits.  I know that is an unusual number; but it fits very well and safely on a pallet.