Fusion Bonded Epoxy (FBE)
PIH has developed a range of service solutions for the efficient application of powder-applied coatings to the welded field joint area, supported by many years of experience.
Fusion Bonded Epoxy (FBE) powder coatings are applied to the welded joint area as a standalone coating system for FBE-coated pipelines or as a primer layer as part of multi-layer polyolefin field joint coating systems for multi-layer polyolefin-coated pipelines.
FBE application solutions and services to welded field joints include:
- Semi-automated powder application equipment and services
- Fully automated, combined heat-and-coat, powder application equipment and services
Key FBE Features
- Controlled thickness
- Efficient application cycle times
- Reduced waste and hazards to the environment
PIH strives to meet the highest levels of quality while maintaining the highest levels of productivity in the firing line. Our specialist technicians are trained in all disciplines and the operation of PIH application equipment.
The application of FBE powder coatings involves pre-heating the substrate to the required temperature (typically 240°C) by use of induction coils, followed by application of the powder coating.
PIH offers powder coating application services.
Semi-Automated Powder Application Equipment and Services
PIH has many years of experience in the application of powder coatings, using our semi-automated equipment and processes in the firing line. Our semi-automatic powder application equipment is available for a wide range of pipeline diameters.
PIH’s semi-automated powder coating equipment rotates around the field joint area in cycles to achieve the desired dry film thickness (dft). These units are also used for the application of FBE and polyolefin adhesive as part of multi-layer systems (the FBE and polyolefin adhesive are interlocked together).
Fully Automated Powder Application Equipment and Services
In response to the industry, for optimum cycle times and high repeatability, PIH developed the RAPTOR™ heat-and-coat machine.
RAPTOR units are fully automated, designed to simultaneously pre-heat and apply powder coatings to the field joint area in high-production environments such as spoolbase operations, multi-jointing activities, offshore lay barges, and onshore pipeline construction.
The units are fully contained, offering the highest levels of HSE protection to the environment and operator. RAPTOR units are also used for the application of FBE and polyolefin adhesive as part of multi-layer systems (the FBE and polyolefin adhesive are interlocked together).