By: Kendall Smith, Induron Power Market Manager, & Andy Odorzynski, Induron National Sales Manager
In the wake of tragedies like the camp fire in California, and the larger infrastructure crisis looming in the United States, our country’s utilities find themselves at a crossroads: continue to crumble or engage in sustainable asset management. Continue reading Building a T&D Asset Protection Program vs. A Project Approach
By: Kendall Smith, Induron T&D Market Manager
Induron Coatings has been a major supplier to the electric utility industry for almost a decade now and employs individuals who have serviced the industry for many more decades. A few of us even go back to the early 1980s when thousands of electric transmission structures were purchased and installed around the country every year. Utility companies were protecting these structures from corrosion with multiple thin coats, which often only lasted 8-10 years. Continue reading T&D Market Knowledge
By: Kendall Smith, Induron Power Market Manager
Usually, the coatings specifications for T&D structures are predictable. For example, in North America, weathered galvanized, high-voltage, electric transmission poles, towers and substation structures are often protected with sealers and coatings that are surface-tolerant, low stress on aged coatings, easy-to-apply, high-solids, high-build, and proven to protect for 20-25 years in one or two coats. Continue reading Georgia Power Concrete Poles: Not Your Usual Specification
IEEE, (pronounced “Eye-triple-E”), stands for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. The association is dedicated to advancing innovation and technological excellence for the benefit of humanity and is the world’s largest technical professional society. Kendall Smith was honored to be asked to do an interview about Induron: Continue reading Induron Market Manager Interviewed for IEEE
By: Kendall Smith, Induron Sales Representative
When deciding how to specify coatings on T&D structures (lattice towers, poles, pylons, etc.), it’s important to realize that there are sometimes different “zones” on these structures. For instance, if a galvanized steel transmission pole is partly buried in soil, the below-grade portion is exposed to a different corrosion environment than the above-grade section. Likewise, the “transition zone” just above and below the ground line can present corrosion protection challenges.
So, before you buy it, coat it and bury it, consider the following corrosion variables. Continue reading Specifying Coatings for T&D Structures
By Kendall Smith, Induron Sales Representative
Goals are very important to a small company like Induron. In our previous two blogs, you can read Linc York’s thoughts on making SMART goals and celebrating successes as well as how goal-setting has fueled Tex Enoch’s career. Today, I’ll discuss how goal-setting can help your company compete with others.
In my opinion, the key to beating big companies that tend to have rigid goals (quotas) for sales is to aim high and have “the long game” in mind. Continue reading The Importance of Goals, Part 3
By Linc York and Kendall Smith, Induron Sales Reps
The previous blog post, The 9 Lives of Galvanized Steel, Part I, describes the stages or conditions of galvanized metal as it ages or weathers. The pure zinc layer on the surface first reacts with oxygen to form zinc oxide, then that oxide layer reacts with moisture in the environment to form zinc hydroxide. Finally, zinc hydroxide reacts with carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to yield a thin, quite insoluble dull grey layer of zinc carbonate. Continue reading The 9 Lives of Galvanized Steel, Part II
By Kendall Smith
As Induron Protective Coatings becomes more of an international company, it makes sense that we incorporate more and more global standards, guidelines and procedures into our written specifications. One such example of this trend is within the “T&D” coatings industry, or the painting of high-voltage electrical transmission lattice towers, steel poles and substation structures and equipment. Continue reading Defining the Best Solutions for Your Rusty Structure
By Kendall Smith
Galvanized steel can be very tricky to paint! Just look at any stop light at any intersection or any galvanized gutter with paint peeling. Properly assessing the condition of galvanizing, properly specifying the cleaning/surface preparation and using the proper coating or paint CAN be difficult! You need to assess the condition of the galvanizing accurately, which most people never accomplish, partly because there are no readily available visual guides to show “before and after” photographs of new and weathered galvanizing. The first step is to define the stages of Hot Dipped Galvanized steel’s (HDG) life. Continue reading The 9 Lives of Galvanized Steel, Part I
By Kendall Smith, Induron Sales Rep
Most of us, thankfully, don’t have an aged-galvanized electrical transmission tower in our backyards. What we DO have, more often than not, is an old shed that’s probably seen better days.
That was the situation at the Smith residence recently. My trusty old backyard shed was in dire need of some TLC. If I’m perfectly honest, the rotting wooden shed needed to be torn down and taken out of its misery, but in a last-ditch effort to save myself the expense and time of building a new one, I slapped some Induraguard 9200 on it. Continue reading Shedding a Little Light on Induraguard