The major part of activities of PASSER SIDC is the production and installation of oversized structures and parts. Painting and drying of manufactured parts is one of the elements of this process. In view of the continuous increase in the production volumes, a year ago, an investment was made in painting equipment to maintain our quality standards.
The paint chambers are commonly used for painting transportation reels – a standard product of PASSER SIDC, as well as for painting of various non-standard steel structures. The paint chamber overall dimensions: 11,85 m in width and 12,14 m in length, while its height depends on the shape of the product: it can range from 7,8 m to 11 m. This equipment has a unique structure: it is assembled from standard marine 40-foot containers.
HOW ARE PARTS PAINTED?
Although various parts are painted differently and according to a painting specification. Which depends on the project requirements, environment in which structure operates, the overall painting process remains almost similar in all cases.
Preparation for painting. This process is the longest one. The roughness, dustiness, salinity and other contaminations of the surface have to be inspected according to the project requirements. Any contaminations found has to be removed prior painting. Environmental parameters such as air and steel temperature, humidity, and dew point are inspected as well. The paint is mixed according to the specification. During the last stage of the inspection, the painting manager inspects if the preparation for the painting process has been carried out in accordance with all standards and requirements.
Painting. The painting process takes place according to the intended painting system. Wet film thickness is controlled during the painting process. After painting, an inspection takes place and, if any nonconformities are found, repairs are made.
Drying. Once the painting is completed, the structure is left to dry for a certain period of time, which depends on the size of the structure, the type of paint, the painting system, and the environment-related conditions.
Additional protection. All unpainted surfaces after the painting process completed are protected against corrosion. When the paint is completely dry, the steel structure is prepared for transportation. Painted areas are protected from damage which may be done during transportation.
Operating paint workshops makes it possible to have a larger number of non-standard metal structures painted in a much shorter time. The work is controlled in all painting stages according to all applicable standards and project requirements. PASSER SIDC is continuously updating its equipment, as well as improving and optimizing its production processes.