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Holistic Effort Aims to Prevent Biofouling

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Biofouling poses significant challenges for the maritime industry and is a threat to the environment. When the smooth underbelly of a ship becomes encrusted with aquatic organisms, frictional drag increases, reducing efficiency, and leading to the use of more fuel and to higher emissions. The stowaway creatures have also been shown to be a main contributor to the spread of...

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UV Coating Advantages for Pipe And Tube Applications

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One of the key drivers in the development of new coating technologies today is the need to increase the sustainability of both coating formulations and their application processes. Leading solutions include high-solids solventborne systems, water-based coatings, and formulations that cure when exposed to ultraviolet (UV) or electron beam radiation. All of these options offer reduced volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions,...

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Even a Pandemic Cannot Stop Paint and Coatings Industry Innovation

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Paints and coatings, by their nature, serve to protect and beautify. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the word “protect” has taken on an even greater significance. Every member of the paint and coating value chain has focused on protecting their employees, customers, communities, and all other stakeholders under challenging, uncertain, and devastatingly tragic circumstances.

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Cool Roofs Mitigate Climate Change Health Risks

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The benefits of cool roof coatings have been generally recognized for a number of years. Particularly for buildings constructed in hotter climates, many building codes today either require the use of cool roof coatings or encourage cool roof technology by offering energy credits in some form. In 2019, researchers from the Department of Energy Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab)...

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Adhesive and Sealant Innovations Solve Problems for Many Industries

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Adhesives and sealants play crucial roles as technology enablers. From joining lightweight, disparate materials together, to sealing out moisture and air, to speeding production lines and protecting high-value, sensitive products—adhesives and sealants contribute to the advancement of a whole host of technologies employed across a wide range of industries. Innovation and continual development of new adhesive and sealant solutions are,...

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Maintaining the Fun at Amusement and Theme Parks with Protective Coatings

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Amusement parks, theme parks, water parks,  and resorts are challenged to maintain the  attractive appearance of their facilities and equipment at a high level, often in extreme outdoor environments. Those in warmer climates—which can also be highly corrosive—generally operate year-round. Ensuring the safety of park visitors is paramount. Amusement park rides, which are in constant motion and exposed to a...

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Coating News from NASA

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In January 2019, CoatingsTech (Vol. 16, No. 1) reported on protective coating technologies that the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) had developed and was making available to the public through its Technology Transfer Program. Among the technologies are:

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Construction Industry Struggling with Significant Labor Shortage

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The construction industry around the world is facing a serious labor shortage. In the United States, a mid-2018 survey of more than 2,500 construction firms conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America and Autodesk found that 80% were having difficulty filling craft worker/hourly positions and salaried jobs, up from 78% in January of that year and 73% in January...

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