The MesoCoat production unit in Ohio will feature a single ‘CermaClad’ assembly line to produce about 10,000sqm/year of clad tubes, pipes and plates that are resistant to corrosion and wear.
The products will enhance the component’s life in multiple applications, such as deep-sea oil and gas extraction, oil sands production, mining and mineral processing, and nuclear energy generation.
The facility will use blasting, application and testing equipment, which will help save cost and time. A thermal spray system will qualify the company’s PComP products for use in aerospace, oil and gas, mining, and chemical processing sectors. MesoCoat anticipates that the facility will be built by September 2011. The production equipment will be installed and be operational by November. Production will start from the first quarter of 2012, at which time the plant will also be expanded.
CermaClad is a rapid cladding procedure that is cost-effective and delivers good metallurgical properties. It uses a high intensity source of light to blend protective alloys, metals and ceramic coatings onto steel pipes, plates and bars. The process’s speed allows for metal cladding, will lower lead times for pipes and tubes, plates and bars that are internally clad. The technology protects surface areas from caustic and corrosive environments. The PComP coatings replace toxic hard chrome plating, and carbide materials in thermal spray applications. They also minimize friction in sliding-wear solutions.