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Third-Party Coating Inspection services

As a global provider of coating inspection services, Pro QC International delivers comprehensive service offerings to clients across 88 countries.

Coating inspection is a crucial process that ensures the longevity and integrity of a material’s surface, safeguarding it against environmental factors such as corrosion, weathering, and chemical exposure. By applying a thorough quality control methodology, our expert inspectors meticulously assess the application, adhesion, and performance of a coating, confirming that it meets industry standards and project specifications.

The importance of coating inspections cannot be overstated. Substandard or deteriorated coatings can lead to material failure, causing costly repairs, downtime, and potential safety hazards. This makes third-party coating analysis an essential preventive measure in multiple industry sectors.

As a coating inspection company, Pro QC serves a wide array of industries. From oil and gas pipelines, industrial equipment, power generation, and manufacturing, to automotive parts, maritime and infrastructures, our coating inspection services help mitigate risks and ensure the quality and performance of coated assets.

Our coating quality inspectors and corrosion engineers perform verifications, ensuring coatings are applied correctly and defects are identified and addressed early. This preventive approach reinforces operational efficiency and safety.

Third party coating inspection services help industries maintain coating quality and prevent costly failures by providing unbiased assessments and specialized expertise.

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Pro QC’s Coating Inspection Solutions

Pro QC International is a renowned global quality assurance company that extends its expertise in offering impartial and meticulous coating analysis solutions across the globe.

Our range of third-party coating quality control services includes:

  1. Document Review: We review design specifications, standards, and other relevant documents to determine compliance and suitability.
  2. Pre-Coating Inspections:
    • Prior to the Start of Work:
      • Inspection of steel, sharp edges, welds, and weld splatter
      • Taping off equipment
      • Checking abrasives
      • Checking air supply
    • Our team inspects the surface to ensure that it is prepared for coating, examining factors like visual cleanliness and surface contamination.
  3. In-Process Coating Inspections:
    • Immediately Before Application of Coatings:
      • Verification of climatic conditions
      • Materials inspection
      • Observation of mixing coatings
    • We conduct QC inspections during the coating process to verify the application techniques and the quality of the coating being applied.
  4. Post-Coating Inspections:
    • Following the Application of Each Coat:
      • Dry film thickness measurement
      • Holiday testing
      • Assessment of recoat time
      • Monitoring of coating cure
    • After Surface Preparation:
      • Analysis of surface contamination
      • Inspection for visual cleanliness
    • Following the Cure of the Coating, Final Inspection and Sign-Off:
      • Quality assessment
      • Thickness verification
      • Hardness and adhesion tests
      • Additional checks

Regardless of the project’s duration, our coating inspectors are ready to be deployed for short or long-term assignments. With a presence in over 88 countries, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Germany, Poland, Italy, Romania, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Spain, UAE, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and many more, we ensure a global reach coupled with a local understanding.

As a third-party coating inspection company, we apply our extensive knowledge and experience to each project, ensuring that your coating processes adhere to the industry’s best practices and your specific requirements.

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Our Coating Quality Control Skills and Competencies

The skills and technical expertise of our team stand as evidence of our commitment to excellence. Our coating inspectors hold internationally recognized certifications. These include:

  1. NACE (National Association of Corrosion Engineers) Coating Inspector Certification
  2. SSPC (The Society for Protective Coatings) Protective Coating Inspector Certification
  3. FROSIO (Norwegian Professional Council for Education and Certification of Inspectors for Surface Treatment) Certification
  4. ISO (International Organization for Standardization) Lead Auditor Certification
  5. ICORR (Institute of Corrosion) Coating Inspector Certification
  6. AWS (American Welding Society) Certified Coating Inspector

To further our proficiency and ensure our inspection processes are in line with global standards, our team regularly consults and adheres to the following authoritative sources:

  • ASTM Volumes: These include Volume 6.01 and Volume 6.02, which offer comprehensive insights into coating standards and practices.
  • NACE Recommended Practices: This offers expert recommendations from the National Association of Corrosion Engineers.
  • ISO 8501:2007: A pivotal international standard detailing preparation grades of steel substrates.
  • SSPC Publications:
    • SSPC Redbook Volume 1
    • SSPC-VIS Series: This series offers guides and reference photographs, encompassing:
      • VIS 1: Dry Abrasive Blast Cleaning
      • VIS 2: Evaluating Degree of Rusting on Painted Steel Surfaces
      • VIS 3: Power- and Hand-Tool Cleaning
      • VIS 4/NACE VIS 7: Water jetting
      • VIS 5/NACE VIS 9: Wet Abrasive Blast Cleaning
    • Coating and Lining Inspection Manual: An authoritative manual, bearing the SSPC Publication #91-12.
  • Clemco Blast OFF 2: An invaluable guide for achieving safe and efficient blasting.

These references, combined with our certified skill set, ensure that our services are both up-to-date and of the highest standard, meeting the expectations of clients globally.

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Third-party coating inspection services are a valuable resource for industries where coating quality and durability are critical to safety, performance, and longevity.

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