Pipe Division / Vulcan Pipe & Steel Coatings, Inc.
Vulcan coats ductile iron pipe, both lining and exterior coatings; steel pipe, structural steel, tanks, water and waste water equipment for waste water and sewage treatment facilities. With three locations, one at our corporate office in Bessemer, AL, a second plant in Pinson and a third in Minor, Vulcan coats approximately 135,000 pieces of pipe each year.
Ductile Iron Pipe
Vulcan is a Protecto 401™ Ceramic Epoxy applicator. Protecto 401™ is applied according to specifications in the "Protecto 401 Ceramic Epoxy Standard for Lining Ductile Iron Pipe and Fittings for Sewer Service," Fifth Edition, March 2001. Information about the Protecto 401™ specification, testing and results can be found on the manufacturer's web site.
Surface Preparation for Structural Steel and Steel Plate
White Blast - NACE No.1 / SSPC-SP-5
Near White - NACE No.2 / SSPC-SP-10
Commercial - NACE No.3 / SSPC-SP-6
Brush Blast - NACE No.4 / SSPC-SP-7
Vulcan applies Protecto 401™, organic and inorganic zincs, polyurethanes, epoxy (amine or polyamide), fiberglass, baked on phenolics, vinyl esters, tape wrap (pipe), coal tar epoxy, and metalizing. With three separate locations and over 155,920 square feet of shop space on 35 acres, Vulcan has the capability to customize processes and equipment for individual projects. We also have fluidized beds and bake ovens that can accommodate objects too large to be electrodeposition coated on a conveyor line.
ISO 9001:2008 Certified
Vulcan is certified to the ISO 9001:2008 quality assurance standard. This is a quality management system that requires us to implement systems to investigate problems and perform root cause analyses, with the goal of amending procedures to prevent similar errors in the future. We also measure customer (and employee) satisfaction through surveys, and strive for continuous improvement in all areas of service.
All products lined or coated at our shop facilities follow the same inspection process to ensure that our customers receive only the highest quality finished product. These inspection processes include:
Receiving Inspection – We verify that the correct parts and quantities are received.
Pre-inspection – All products’ coating surfaces are checked for ability to hold the coating applied. Pipe is checked to ensure that no previous lining has been applied. All products are checked for oil, grease, asphalt, sharp edges, protrusions and other surface contamination.
Post Blast Inspection – Pipe is examined to ensure that the surface was prepared to the specification. Only a properly prepared substrate with the correct coating system gives the maximum protection.
In-process Inspection – During the application of coatings and linings, ambient conditions are monitored so that moisture and condensation are not trapped between the substrate and coating. Wet film thickness (WFT) is checked to insure proper dry film thickness.
Post Application Inspection – Dry film thickness (DFT) is checked on all coatings and linings to meet the specification. If required, pinhole detection can be conducted by wet sponge or high voltage testing.
Final Inspection – Prior to shipping, all products are inspected for scrapes, scratches and other areas that may need touch-up. Before shipments leave the yard, quantities, size and descriptions are verified.
- All facilities are equipped with electric infra-red heat for ideal coating conditions year round.
- Rail access is available at Vulcan’s Bessemer location.
- Vulcan Pipe and Steel also applies National Sanitary Foundation (NSF) approved linings for potable water service. The NSF regulates the use of coatings and materials for drinking water service.
- VPS has its own order tracking inventory control software.
PROTECTO 401™ Ceramic Epoxy
Protecto 401™ lined ductile iron pipe and fittings provide the maximum protection available in sewer pipe applications. The first ductile iron pipe lined with Protecto 401™ was placed in service in 1981. Since then, the equivalent of 40 million feet of 24” ductile iron sewer pipe have been lined with Protecto 401™, with no lining failure (Vulcan has lined 31 million feet of pipe with Protecto). Protecto 401™ has been successfully used in hundreds of sanitary sewer applications and has proven, through both laboratory testing and years of actual sewer service, to prevail against corrosion on all sizes of ductile iron pipe and fittings.
Protecto 401™ Ceramic Epoxy Lining was designed for and is used as protection for ductile iron sanitary sewer pipe, and it provides the reliability of cement mortar lining with the excellent corrosion protection of novalac epoxy. This concentration of protection has resulted in performance unparalleled by other linings.
PROTECTO 401™ Ceramic Epoxy
Protecto 401™ is applied to the interior of ductile iron pipe and fittings using specialized application equipment and stringent specifications. The lining is designed to be applied at a 40 mils thickness (per SSPC-PA2). We perform a non-destructive pinhole detection test and a thickness test to ensure application of a sound, chemically resistant protective lining. Because the specifications for application and testing of Protecto 401™ Ceramic Epoxy have been developed for ductile iron pipe using test data and performance history, no deviations from the specification are permitted without prior written approval of the lining manufacturer. For details of specifications and testing information, see the "Protecto 401 Ceramic Epoxy Standard for Lining Ductile Iron Pipe and Fittings for Sewer Service", Fifth Edition, available on the manufacturer's web site.
For sales information call:
John Dempsey, 205-428-0556 Ext. 716
National Association of Pipe Fabricators (NAPF)
American Water Works Association (AWWA)
Protecto 401™ is a registered trademark of Vulcan Painters, Inc.