Certainly, these rapid deployment technologies have proved a tremendous benefit to our customers, but they’ve also paved theway for the next wave of new technologies. These will play an undeniable role in improving bridge inspection and with the current state of our highway systems, the inspector plays an absolutely critical role.
Sherwin-Williams offers high-performance, long-lasting coatings that will play a key role not only in preserving and protecting the bridge, but also in future inspection procedures that could reveal fractures and cracks well before they become a problem. For example, Sherwin-Williams offers UV fluorescent pigmentation (OAP) in its bridge coating products that will aid inspection of confined spaces. The OAP technology identifies coatings application deficiencies in real time. Contractors will be able to see voids, pin-holes and other abnormalities while the coating is still wet.The result is a simplified repair process, saving time and money while greatly improving coating longevity.
CS:What’s ahead for this market?
McNeill You’ll find the volume turned up on infrastructure maintenance issues in the years ahead. At present, the industry buzz is about crack detection coating technology to indicate steel fatigue and failure, and overcoming the problems posed by deteriorated coatings: it is more difficult to find a small, isolated structural defect on a bridge with corrosion and peeling paint. Our lab personnel are making significant advances in this area, and I feel it will be a valuable tool in extending the longevity and durability of the infrastructure. I know that at The Sherwin-Williams Company, it will be a primary focus.