New Harber Coatings facility expected to quadruple productivity and offer valuable cost savings to oil and gas companies
Calgary, AB based Harber Coatings Inc. opens its new facility on May 1st, 2015. The exclusive manufacturer of InnoGUARDTM Flakeless Electroless Nickel Coating (ENC) is focused on significantly reducing replacement costs of parts, tools, and downtime in the field for customers. Their proprietary, high phosphorous-nickel coating protects raw metal parts and tools from corrosion, abrasion and salvages worn or mis-machined parts.
Replacement and repair of damaged equipment is the largest maintenance requirement in the oil and gas industry. Ken Wang, President and CEO, explains “Corrosion and wear damage is avoidable through effective surface engineering processes. Our InnoGUARDTM ENC extends the life of critical metal items by over 20 times, even when parts and tools are mechanically impacted, exposed to sour service or placed in highly corrosive environments. We are the only company in North America to offer a lifetime no flaking or peeling warranty on a coating.” Mr. Wang is committed to provide a peak performance metal coating and also strives to address environmental concerns such as unnecessary discarded parts and a safer work environment. “Being eco-friendly by eliminating air toxicity and electrical current use, while maintaining low pricing, is crucial in this industry”, he adds.
The new Harber Coatings Inc. facility will be located at 6313 – 35 Street SE, occupying over 20,000 square feet of production area in the Calgary Foothills Industrial Park. This site will boast significantly larger processing equipment and double the current production area. Wang says “With larger equipment, we will we be able to quadruple our productivity and meet rising demands of customers requiring larger parts and tools to be coated. Working more efficiently will also enable us to reduce pricing by up to 15%. Due to the recent decline in the oil and gas sector, this will prove to be a huge benefit for companies dealing with tighter budgets.” Another component to Wang’s expansion plan is to use the Calgary facility as a staff training centre and open new locations globally over the next five years.
What is Electroless Nickel Coating? It is a nickel-phosphorous alloy deposited by a chemical reaction from hypophosphite on a catalytic substrate, without the application of an electrical current. The coating thickness, anywhere from 0.0005 inches to 0.004 inches, is controlled by the length of time the metal substrate is left in a chemical bath solution. This autocatalytic chemical reaction deposits a controlled and uniform thickness even on complex part geometry. ENC effectively coats parts with sharp edges, deep recesses, seams, threads and blind holes without negatively impacting functionality and eliminates the need to mask off areas. Having an equivalent thermal co-efficiency as the substrate also ensures no micro-cracking occurs to compromise the substrate material. Additionally, ENC maintains an identical surface profile prior to coating, ensuring the same smoothness is achieved as the substrate material used.
Heat and chemical post treatment of the coating increases ENC hardness, achieving even greater corrosion and abrasion resistance by transitioning the coating’s amorphous characteristics into a crystalline structure. ENC is much less porous than other metallic coatings such as hard chrome and is applied without compressive stress, making it less prone to corrosion and reduces surface friction by two-thirds. According to Wang “It is often a better replacement for hard chrome plating, polymer coatings and many thermal spray applications due to superior performance and cost benefit.”
A significant ENC advantage is that clean, economical material such as new carbon steel does not require sand-blasting prior to coating, nor being machined after coating. This further reduces time and cost, as well as avoiding potential part and tool damage. Wang explains, “In this economy, customers are looking for the best long-term value to protect their assets. They want a better coating for the same or lower price than competitive products. Off the shelf solutions simply don’t produce high quality coatings to satisfy customers, resulting in early function failure. Also, in most situations, a much less expensive substrate material can be coated and still outperform expensive raw metal many times over.”
Harber Coatings Inc. is a high-tech research and development production company in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Founded in 2002, the company has successfully developed its own intellectual properties and processing technologies, including InnoGUARDTM Flakeless Electroless Nickel Coating. With research and development facilities funded by the National Research Council of Canada, Harber Coatings Inc. continues to develop innovative technologies such as Metallic Ceramic Liner, Ultrasonic Electro-thermal Spray and Laser Assisted Nano Fusion products. The company’s quality assurance system is ISO:9001:2008 certified and is ISNetworld approved.