The progress on Coating Fingerprint Certificate in Malaysia

Table 1 Background of Coating Fingerprinting Certificate in Malaysia [Adapted from ref. (1)] (Reprint permission obtained from IMM)

Years Description
22nd March 2013 Forum on “Towards Fingerprinting of Polymeric Coatings” I

Question asked: Can we fingerprint polymeric coatings?
Highlighted the prime concerns of the local paint manufacturers, e.g. the protection of product formula, lack of expertise on spectroscopic analyses and interpretation of results.

The users of the oil and gas companies suffer from high cost of repainting the steel structures and pipelines when the coatings fail.

Forum leaflet
Forum report

April 2013 IMM Task Force on Fingerprinting Polymer Coatings (Phase 1: 2013-2014) formed.

The end deliverable of this Task Force is to enhance the overall painting coating quality assurance (2, 3).

List of committee members
Objectives and the end deliverables of the task force
The progress of the task force until Dec 2013
Deliveries of 1st phase: 2013 – 2014

11th October 2013 Forum on “Towards Fingerprinting of Polymeric Coatings” II (4, 5)

Fingerprinting of intermediate materials of epoxy coatings, i.e. epoxy resin (or base) and hardener (or curing agent) using FTIR spectrometer is possible and reliable.

The FTIR spectroscopy testing shall be performed on these intermediate materials immediately after production in the paint factory, in addition to the standard quality control tests conducted on the produced intermediate materials.

Presentation of the draft of the Coating Fingerprint Certificate by Chairperson of the Task Force, Ms. Nurul Asni Mohamed from PETRONAS GTS was attempted.

Forum leaflet
Forum report
Rapporteurs’ report
Tentative Coating Fingerprint Certificate

20th June 2014 Final Forum on “Towards Fingerprinting of Polymeric Coatings” III

Fingerprinting of intermediate materials of epoxy coatings, i.e. epoxy resin (or base) and hardener (or curing agent) using FTIR spectrometer is reliable and reproducible.
Fingerprinting regions of FTIR for epoxy resin and hardener are proposed and the confidence level of acceptance for QA & QC control is proposed at ≥ 0.900.

Forum leaflet
Forum report
Rapporteurs’ report
Presented FTIR results

23rd January 2015 IMM Task Force on Fingerprinting Polymer Coatings (Phase 2: 2014-2016) formed.

The end deliverable of this Task Force is to enhance the overall painting coating quality assurance

Progress report I
Progress report II
Deliveries of 2nd phase: 2015 – 2016
IMM Coating Fingerprint Certification Scheme

2015-2019 Cost Reduction Alliance Initiative 2.0 (CORAL 2.0) under Malaysia Petroleum Management (MPM)

This was prompted by the slowdown in global oil demand as well as the downtrend in oil prices which changed the oil and gas business environment globally.

CORAL 2.0 will support sustainability of the oil and gas industry in the country and prepare for future industry challenges by optimising cost, increasing efficiency and driving industry innovation across all operators.

After 2019, the initiatives under CORAL will transition to the new normal practice across the industry domestically.

Registration of Coatings Fingerprinting under CORAL 2.0
why? Sub-standard material supply contributes to 12 % of direct cause of Loss of Primary Containment (LOPC) in 2015 because coating failures < 3 years after application (6).

July 2015 Paint manufacturers’ mock implementation of Coating Fingerprint Certificate (7)

The paint manufacturers were invited: Join the mock execution, be involved in the STANDARDS PROCESS & let your voice be heard.

Pilot implementation by paint manufacturers to collect feedback. Some specific guideline document needs to be developed on sampling, sample preparation, retention etc.

Announcement of mock execution
Why fingerprint coatings?

10th September 2015 Launching of IMM Coating Fingerprint Foundation Course
The first-of-its-kind one-day course on “Coating Fingerprint Certificate” in the WORLD.

Emphasis on coatings fingerprinting basics.

1st course leaflet
1st course report
2nd course leaflet
2nd course report
FTIR masterclass leaflet

29th October 2015 Forum on “Towards Fingerprinting of Polymeric Coatings” IV

BIG WAVE: Progress and implementation of Coatings Fingerprint in oil and gas industry.

Forum leaflet
Forum report

December 2015 PETRONAS Technical Standards (PTS) 15.20.03 (6)

Coating Fingerprint Certification requirement

  • Included in PTS 15.20.03 (replacing previous PTS 30.48.00.31) – waiting official approval issuance.
  • Specified for project with ≥ 5000 m2 surface area to be painted in a single project, or as requested by the project team, as deemed necessary.
  • Coatings fingerprinting can be requested by the Principal at any stage of the project.
24th – 25th February 2016 Launching of IMM Certified Coating Fingerprint Quality Controller Course

The first-of-its-kind two-day certified course on “Coating Fingerprint Certificate” in the WORLD.

Emphasis on putting coating fingerprint certificate to work.

1st course leaflet
1st course report
1st course rapporteurs’ report

17th May 2016 Coatings Fingerprint Satellite Symposium
under the auspices of 10th International Materials Technology Conference and Exhibition (IMTCE2016)

Up-to-date announcement and progressive summary of IMM Coating Fingerprint Certification Scheme & the execution of Coating Fingerprint Certificate by coating manufacturer/supplier, fabricator/contractor/sub-contractor, external auditor, end-user and 3rd-party testing laboratory will be made.

Symposium leaflet
Symposium rapporteurs’ report

June 2016 IMM Task Force on Fingerprinting Polymer Coatings (Phase 3: 2016-2018) formed.

The end deliverable of this Task Force is to enhance the overall painting coating quality assurance

Progress report I

2016-2017 Guidelines development & Malaysian Standards initiation

Development of Recommended Technical Practice / Guidelines for initiation of Malaysian Standards on Coatings Fingerprinting.