Pre-job safety orientation is nothing new in the world of contracting but when it involves working at a Nuclear Facility, it goes to a whole new level. Pumpcoat had gotten the project of coating the interior of two water tanks at a Nuclear Power plant in Maryland. Prior to the project beginning, our field service team traveled to their site for
the classes. It was 2 weeks of several hours each day of coursework for PCI’s workers, in order to learn the ins and outs of safety and what was allowed on a Nuclear site. Our office staff sent the paperwork regarding physicals, fit testing, background checks, PCI’s Safety Program and other protocol to their safety officer. Lists of tools and equipment had to be approved of before being allowed on site. The actual type of grit and epoxy also had to be pre-approved, as did the type of sandblasting suit and other PPE.
In the end, PCI Contractors passed the muster and were able to mobilize to site to work on the tanks.
During the project, each worker needed to sign in and go through a daily ‘tailgate’ meeting. Tailgate meetings are ones that PCI does as part of every service project, The workers discuss the possible safety issues, any site hazards and what is to be accomplished during the course of the day. They make sure their safety gear is properly functioning, etc. At the Nuclear facility, there were additional protocol, such as signing in and out of the work area, accounting for the tools that were brought into the area, and other things.
The tanks were potable Fire and Water storage tanks. As part of the project scope, PCI arranged for portable tanks to be brought in to store water. (The tanks that were being coated was the facility’s normal fire emergency supply). Working on one tank at a time, Each tank was grit blasted. Parts of the tanks interior were treated for corrosion with Arcor’s EE-95 paste grade material. Larger holes were plugged and blended into the epoxy for seamlessness. Top coats were applied of Arcor S-20, an NSF epoxy coating, which is approved for potable water. Spent grit was removed and disposed of in an environmentally aware manner. PCI Contractors were able to do the job efficiently and to the customer’s satisfaction. PCI Contractors is now in its 17th year of servicing customers. We are problem solvers and get the job done.
A Pumpcoat customer had an issue with cracked concrete flooring and out-of-date safety line striping. As a factory that manufactured roofing materials, their eye was on keeping their factory up-to-code and safe for their employees. They called Pumpcoat to help them achieve that goal.
Pumpcoat/PCI Contractors came in and did a site assessment. A section-by-section plan was created to remove the old lines, repair the spalling and cracked areas around their concrete floor, and lay down new epoxy Safety lineage, hazard notations and a top coat sealer.
Over the course of two months, Pumpcoat/PCI made several mobilizations and worked around the factory’s production schedule as to provide minimum disruption.
Pumpcoat/PCI prepped the floor using Blast-trac shot blasters. It was ground in different areas, profiled and cleaned, removing the old striping in the process. The concrete cracks and spalling were repaired . New Safety lines were taped down and applied using Duraflex Epoxy Safety colors – Red, Green & Yellow. The different areas were demarcated with area specific Safety notices – in example: “Fork lift traffic only”
The lines were then top-coated with a clear epoxy sealer for increased durability. Areas of the Office, Operator line, Maintenance Warehouse, Fabrication shop & Loading dock were re-striped in this manner.
The customer was very satisfied with the end result. The new safety striping brought the factory within compliance of the Health & Safety code, as well as being able to keep the factory operational while the work was being done.
If you have problems with compliance due to obsolete signage, safety striping, handicapped accessibility or other issues, please call PCI Contracting for a consultation today. We can help!
Recently Pumpcoat did a repair of a large Fairbanks Morse pump for a Municipal Water Authority in Massachusetts. The pump was situated at their Wastewater Treatment Facility, with the impeller weighing in at 10,000 lbs (6 ft diameter x 4 ft. High), and the shaft was 2,700 lbs, (6 ft long x 13 inches wide).
Pumpcoat arranged shipment of these parts to our affiliate Machine Shop, where they underwent repairs to bring them back to OEM specifications. The shaft was repaired in various places by being welded, undercut and rebuilt with plasma spray to return it to spec. Pitting on the impeller was repaired by the same means. The impeller vanes were hand dressed and the impeller ring was polished. The shaft and impeller were then dynamically balanced. Once returned to the facility for the pump to be reassembled.
Pumpcoat has been a supplier for close to 2 decades for Municipal, Power Gen, Industrial, and other types of facilities. We supply a wide variety of pump parts: OEM, aftermarket, and we also have the ability for parts replication (for hard to source parts, or uncommon applications such as high corrosion environments).
These additional sources allow us to be very competitive with pricing.
We also have the ability to make impellers, shafts & shaft sleeves from samples in a wide variety of alloys. This can save our customers time and money, especially on parts that have a long lead time or are hard to source.
We can be very helpful with pumps common at Water or Wastewater plants like Allis Chalmers, Fairbanks Morse, Goulds or Gorman Rupp pumps. Our services like repairs to shafts, impellers or pump rebuilds can also be economical over purchasing new pumps. Call or email Yvonne or Mike at Pumpcoat to see how we can best help your facility save time and money.
A University in Boston had an alley area in the rear of one of their properties used for t rash & recycling storage for that block of buildings. The surrounding fencing had broken poles several places. The fencing itself had been damage. Silt and rubble had built up in the area, causing flooding after rain due to poor drainage and the build up around the foundation.
Some excessive trash spreading due to the compromised fencing had attracted pests. Masonry and the chimney base on the adjacent building had begun to wear and crack.
The area had become a safety and health hazard.
Prior to the work commencement, Dig-Safe was contacted or assessment of the power & utility lines in the area. The project was reviewed for any necessary work permits.
Excavate, Clean & Repair
PCI Contractor Specialists rose to the challenge of this multi-faceted project.
Working within the customer’s timeframe, PCI was able to do the following to solve the customer’s dilemma.
- Excess rubble and silt was removed to a depth of one foot.
- Larger, dense grade rock was put in its place to create a better drainage bed
- Wire mesh and rebar was installed as a framework for the cement
- A new concrete pad was poured at a slightly higher elevation. The pad was given a sloped apron to improve drainage
- Broken fence poles were replaced
- New fencing was installed in areas it had been damaged
- Fence doors were cut and welded to accommodate personnel
- Masonry repairs were done to the brick work in the chimney and building as needed
The customer was happy with the results of the project, PCI Contracting renewed the area and brought it within safety & health codes.
Do you have an area that could use updating for safety, health or aesthetics?
Call Yvonne or Mike at Pumpcoat ~ PCI Contracting today: 508-540-5878
A couple of months ago, a major Southern specialty contractor reached out to Pumpcoat. They had won a big job overhauling several kitchens in an assisted living complex and were looking for some help. The original kitchen hoods were made of steel and had rusted and corroded almost beyond repair. This caused a major health hazard and a crucial part of the job was bringing them up to code. The contractors initially felt that they needed to pull all the hoods and replace or “re-skin” the range hoods with new stainless steel. Both options were going to be prohibitively expensive, so there had to be a third choice.
Lucky for them (and us!), that is when they heard about the unique rebuilding qualities of Pumpcoat’s Arcor S-30 Epoxy. Arcor S-30 is a high functioning epoxy that contains Zinc Phosphate, which is great for inhibiting corrosion. Its high heat durability makes S-30 an excellent primer for things like range hoods, heat exchangers, pipes, and other heat conductors. It is also rated for immersion service so it can be used in water applications.
With S-30 as a primer, they then used our Arcor S-16 as a top coat, which is also perfect for high-heat applications, NSF-certified for portable water, and USDA-certified for incidental food contact. Along with the products, we provided them with a procedure for cleaning and applying the materials.
In the end, thanks to Acror S-30 and S-16 our clients coated a dozen kitchens all while reducing their project costs by 75%! Now that’s what we call a win-win!
Recently, the Pumpcoat team ran up to Boston to exhibit at the 2012 Architecture Boston Expo (ABX). More specifically, we went to highlight the offerings of our highly sought after PCI Contractor Specialist Division. The show, which ran from November 14-16 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, is one of the largest events for the design and construction industry in the country, with a large contingency from Pumpcoat’s native New England region.
We were excited about showcasing everything that our PCI Contractor Specialist Division has to offer for the commercial, industrial, and institutional architectural field. While at ABX, we displayed work we are doing for a number of different local universities and businesses including:
- A wide range of concrete repair, reinforcement, and durable coatings projects
- Adding non-slip coating to floors and ramps
- Solving ADA compliance issues
- Fixing loading docks, repairing exteriors, parapets, and roofs
The show was a success all around. We spent most of our time building real relationships and networking with a whole bunch of local and national clients. Because of our unique offerings as a full service and maintenance provider, our booth stood out when set against companies offering windows, flooring, artisan glass and modern furnishings. If you want to learn more about our outstanding PCI Contractor Specialist Division, visit our website, or contact us today.
We send our team on all kinds of missions, often into uncharted territory. That being said, we always strategize on and implement fastidious safety measures before taking on a new assignment. Using one job as an example, a labor-intensive project where we acted as a subcontractor for a fellow mechanical repair company, we’d like to give you a glimpse into the measures we take to ensure the safety of the client and our crew.
The setting was in an industrial park. Our workers entered the job through 23-inch manways (picture hatch-like doors.) They found themselves inside of two cylindrical water tanks, 12 feet in diameter by 30 feet in height. Then began the prep-work itself: this involved grit-blasting the interiors, removing all the abrasive by shovel, and then thoroughly vacuuming the surfaces. Lastly, we brushed and rolled coating on the floors and up the inside walls of the tanks.
In a setting like this, we are especially vigilant about our “confined space program.” Here are a few examples of what that includes:
Safety Apparel: Each worker is fully suited and wears a respirator.
Air Flow: Fresh air and oxygen is pumped into the interior of the tanks.
Monitoring: A special meter is used to take measurements of the air inside the tank both before the job begins and at intervals during the job. This verifies that there are not toxic levels of different gases.
Emergency Measures: Safety retrieval equipment is on standby in the event that quick removal of a worker is necessary. This is often a harness and rope, but in some instances, we will be prepared with tripods (a special piece of equipment that looks like a camera tripod and allows for a zip line to be lowered into the space for retrieval.)
While on the topic of safety, we also fully evaluate the purpose/use of the end product. In this case, the high gloss epoxy system, a 3 layer system called NSP 120 was not only chosen for its performance in vertical applications and ability to stand up to severe abrasives and chemicals; it is also certified by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) as an approved coating for portable water. For things holding food or drinking water, it is imperative to choose a coating that won’t break down and run the risk of becoming a contaminant. We certainly matched the right product to this project.