Materials Performance Supplements

October Calendar 2018

Materials Performance is the world's most widely circulated magazine dedicated to corrosion prevention and control. MP provides information about the latest corrosion control technologies and practical applications for every industry and environment.

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OCTOBER 2018 WWW.MATERIALSPERFORMANCE.COM 24 clients as the years progress. "I think what we're going to find is that as people face corrosion problems, they're going to start to seek out the solutions," Chalker says of the global marketplace. "Once you start having instances where you have failures and you realize that just replacing them, which has been the mode for many industries—if something fails due to corrosion, you just replace it, you don't do anything to prevent it—once they start to realize how cost ineffective that is, they start to seek it out." Within NACE, Chalker points out the maritime and amusement park sectors as recent examples of industries showing an increased interest in corrosion mitigation. Aging infrastructure systems in developed nations such as the United States are also bringing opportunities to the industry. "Over the last few years, meetings with customers such as departments of transportation have highlighted how very important it is to wisely spend money on corrosion mitigation systems," Duran says. "They are no longer looking for 10 or 20 years of corrosion protection, but instead are actively designing for a 100-year service life and beyond. Private companies and cor- porations are also looking to maximize their investment dollars in materials and corrosion protection systems." "High profile failures of infrastructure, both domestic and internation- ally, and associations such as NACE educating the public about aging and deteriorating infrastructure have put a spotlight on the corrosion problem," Duran adds. "This will bring many additional dollars to address the issue and will be a tremendous opportunity for our industry to become mainstream." While acknowledging the importance of communicating a tailored pitch to each audience, Chalker sees some similarities in the overall message. "I think a big challenge over the next several years for us is getting policy- makers, whether it's at the government level or corporate, to embrace and understand that corrosion is real," Chalker says. "The threat is real, the risk is real, but like all risks, it can be managed if it's done right. But that takes investing. Too often, the decision of corrosion management is pushed way down in an organization, or ignored completely. That was the whole driver behind the IMPACT study and IMPACT PLUS corrosion management portal, to give people the tools to quantify and help management better understand why they need to do this. It's why we are so active in working with regulators around the world." E MERGING T ECHNOL O G Y T RENDS Emerging technologies such as drone-based inspections, increased auto- mation, self-healing materials, and wireless data collection are likely to bring even more value to future corrosion control solutions. As such, both the private sector and associations have a role to play in conveying that message. "The technological advances making their way into our industry will make data collection faster and more accurate than ever," Duran says. "This will be a fantastic time for suppliers to provide these new tools. It will be necessary for these companies to educate their customers faster than ever on how to use the new tools and produce meaningful information for themselves and their customers. As tools become more advanced, fast and effective cus- tomer service will be even more important." To succeed in this endeavor, industry leaders should prepare to educate both clients and their own workforce on the benefits of these technologies. "Change is constant," Adley says. "Change is inevitable. With any new technology, or when there's discussion of automating some process, there certainly can be a fear. Fear of the unknown is one of the greatest causes of stress. When we introduced our iPad-based data collection to our inspection staff, we didn't do it unilaterally. We knew those that would embrace the technology earliest, started with them, and then it breeds some early adopt- ers. They then spread the word, and over time—not that long, but not over- night—now every one of our coatings field inspection staff is operating entirely off of tablet-based data collection systems. And our weld inspection About 24 applicants are selected each year for the four-day NACE Leadership Program workshop. Photo courtesy of NACE International.

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