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Ensure the quality and performance of coatings and polymers.

Coatings protect your critical assets in harsh environments, keeping them safe from corrosion, water penetration, heat, abrasion, chemicals and ultraviolet light. As coatings have become increasingly sophisticated, specialist knowledge is needed to ensure their continued effectiveness.

At our centre of excellence for coatings and polymer testing in Manchester, UK, we will ensure that the quality and performance of your coatings meet all relevant standards and certifications. 

We will help you to validate the integrity of your coatings, ensure their performance and solve or mitigate any coatings-related problems, so you can reduce risk, minimise costs and shorten time to market.

Our highly qualified personnel, who include NACE qualified coating inspectors, have extensive knowledge of coatings properties and all relevant aspects of material protection. They have worked with paints, polymers and metallic coatings.

In addition to our Manchester lab, we have complementary laboratory capability in Europe, Asia, and both North and South America. Our labs make use of the latest technology and are accredited to ISO 17025, ISO 18001 and ISO 9001. We perform tests in accordance with all major international standards, including ISO, ASTM, DIN and NACE.

  • Oil and Gas Coatings Testing

    Your pipeline’s coating is your first line of defence against interruptions to the production and distribution of your product. Thorough evaluation of your critical assets and quick identification of defects is essential.

    We offer a wide range of coatings material and polymer testing services for the oil and gas industry including bespoke on-site testing, bringing the laboratory to the pipe. We test for protection properties in relation to:

    • Peel adhesion
    • Thermal properties 
    • Cathodic disbondment
    • Corrosion
    • Hot water immersion
    • Heat resistance 
    • Abrasion
    • Chemicals resistance

    Our expertise in both field joint and line pipe coating testing and materials includes FBE, 3LPP and 3LPE.  

    Download the Oil and Gas Coatings brochure >

  • Protective Coatings Qualification Testing

    Coatings must protect critical assets in the most demanding markets and environments. We will help you to safeguard your coatings performance, from qualifying the most appropriate product to ensuring the correct application and testing for continuous performance.

    Our testing services include Norsok M501, ISO 12944 and salt spray. We test for protection properties in relation to: 

    • Adhesion
    • Corrosion
    • Electrochemical resistance
    • Permeability
    • Heat 
    • Abrasion
    • Chemicals resistance

    Download the Protective Coatings brochure >

  • Marine Coatings Testing

    Shipping moves over 80 percent of the world’s commodities. It is frequently preferred over air transport, as it is less expensive and is less harmful to the environment.

    In today’s shipping market, coatings are becoming increasingly important. Driven by the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), 1974, marine ballast coatings and equipment are being developed to ensure the safety of both natural environment and crew.

    Coatings with ever changing compositions are being designed to meet new demands. These coatings require customised analysis and testing, which our experts can provide.

    IMO Performance Standard for Protective Coatings

    The IMO Performance Standard for Protective Coatings (PSPC) for dedicated seawater ballast tanks specifies that the results from prequalification tests of a coating system shall be documented and a Statement of Compliance or Type Approval Certificate shall be issued if found satisfactory by a third party, independent of the coating manufacturer. SGS is accredited by the major class societies, including the IMO Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention, to perform all relevant tests.

    We offer these tests to ensure compliance with:

    • PSPC Resolution MSC 215(88) Ballast Tank Coating Testing
      • Wave motion – ballast tank simulator
      • Condensation chamber test ISO 6270
      • Heat stability
      • Crossover testing
    • PSPC Resolution MSC 288(87) Cargo Oil Tank Coating Testing
      • Immersion testing
      • Gas Chamber testing

    In addition, we provide bespoke assessments and reporting following exposure.  Our new QiiQ remote witnessing tool enables you to avoid the expense of travel to our lab for assessments.

    Download the Marine Coatings Testing brochure >

  • Failure and Damage Analysis

    If you experience a failure, it is essential to identify its mechanism and root cause so you can prevent the problem from reoccurring. We will collect and analyse data on your products in order to determine the cause of failure, drawing on leading talent across many disciplines, including coating and polymer and materials scientists, metallurgical engineers, corrosion engineers and chemists.

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