ACI Unveils Coating Product for Harsh-Weather Equipment

Aberdeen-based Advanced Coatings Initiative Ltd (ACI) has launched a revolutionary high performance interior coating for the oil and gas industry. The only product of its kind in Europe, InnerArmor, has the potential to more than double the life expectancy of a wide range of equipment, such as pumps, valves and drilling equipment, used globally in the oil and gas industry.

The novel coating technology has been developed after an extensive research and development programme led by ITI Energy. It is licensed from California-based materials science specialists, Sub-One Technology, who developed the innovative surface coating concept along with the involvement of University of the West of Scotland, formerly Paisley University.

ACI is the first company in Europe to offer the InnerArmor coating technology to the market. Potential savings through increased operating life cycles, improved productivity, and decreased maintenance costs could represent several hundred million pounds of savings to the global oil and gas industry on an annual basis. ACI has installed two coating machines in their facilities at Portlethen, Aberdeen, which represents a six figure investment for the firm and a strong commitment to the revolutionary technology.

InnerArmor promises to transform the lifespan and return of investment from high wearing components operating in harsh environments by applying a diamond-hard carbon film. It will deliver greater resistance to corrosion and erosion together with improved flow dynamics.