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Advanced coating solutions for the oil, gas, and

petrochemical industries that increase productivity and


profitability
At Praxair Surface Technologies, we specialize in providing the
expertise required for critical-wear problems. Our complete
range of advanced coatings gives you a competitive edge, gets
your new equipment into production quickly, and keeps it
running efficiently.
With unmatched quality and experience, Praxair has pioneered
and leads the way in surface-wear protection. In fact, many of
the coatings developed by Praxair, such as LW-45 coating
and GV-50H coating for gate valves, are recognized as the
industry standard.
Our oilfield coatings are specifically designed to
resist corrosion, abrasion, and wear in oil and
gas equipment, including drilling, well-head,
and sub-sea equipment. For example, ourcarbide
coating for progressive cavity rotors helps them last
up to 10 times longer than with traditional chrome
plating. Few wear problems in this industry are too
large or too small.

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Processes
Super D-Gun
Thermal Sprayed
Aluminum
Laser Cladding
Coatings
Tungsten carbide
SermaGard
Equipment
HVOF
Powders
Tungsten carbide
SermaGard

We can also take care of your pipeline and


processing application
problems. Praxair'stungsten carbide coatings have
allowed plungers in hyper-compressors in
polyethylene manufacturing to run for 16,000 hours
at 20,000 psi and show only 0.001 inch of wear.
Praxair coating advantages include:
The ability to apply coatings with high melting points without significantly
heating the part being coated. Using Praxair's thermal spray technology, our coatings
can be applied to fully heat-treated parts without altering metallurgical properties or
distorting the part.
Cost-effective, wear-resistant overlays that meet or exceed all applicable quality
and specification standards established by our customers, governments, API, and
ISO.
Durability and increased component life. Praxair's Thermal Sprayed Aluminum
Corrosion Protection System is an extremely durable system that provides
total corrosionprotection and significant life improvement over conventional barrier
coatings. You will realize significant savings in installed and long-term maintenance costs
because the need for sacrificial anodes is reduced and coating repair is unnecessary.
Working with Praxair Surface Technologies:
Praxair has the expertise and resources to do what it takes to meet your particular needs. Your
productivity and profitability can be improved through:
Help from experienced field experts who will work with you to analyze wear and corrosion
problems.
Custom solutions engineered for your particular application needs.
Ongoing service and technical support.

Access to a full range of finishing equipment to meet your surface-finish requirements and
strict tolerances.
Rapid turnaround and high-volume coating services for original equipment manufacturer
(OEM) parts.
A complete service package to restore worn or damaged parts to your specificationsstrip,
build up, coat, finish, and inspect.
Consistency in coating. Our centrally controlled quality system ensures the identical
coating, whether the part is serviced in the Americas, Europe, or Asia.
Mobile, on-site field coating services for select applications.

Table 1. Examples of application problems and Praxair solutions


Below are examples of how Praxair addresses common problems for the oil, gas, and petrochemical
industries. Your solution may be different because we believe in collaborating with you to find your
answer.
Customer part/ component

Key application problems

Praxair solutions

Gate valve gates and seats

Corrosion and erosive andabrasive


wear

Tungsten carbide-based
coatings applied bydetonation
gun (D-Gun),Super DGun and high- velocity oxy
fuel (HVOF)
processes

Ball valve balls and seats

Corrosion and erosive andabrasive


wear

Tungsten carbide-based
coatings, typically applied by
the HVOF process

Progressive cavity mud motor


rotors

Corrosion and abrasive wear

Tungsten carbide-based
coatings, typically applied by
the HVOF process

Rock drill bits

Erosive wear and corrosion

Tungsten carbide-based
coatings co-developed by
Praxair and Smith
International, an oilfield
equipment OEM

Riser tensioner rods

Corrosion and abrasive wear

Laser clad with nickel- or


cobalt-based super alloy

Drilling and production risers

Corrosion

Thermal sprayed aluminum


(TSA)

Sub-sea piping

Corrosion

TSA

Replacing chrome plating

Wellhead connectors

Corrosion

SermaGard ceramic coating

Actuator housings

Corrosion

SermaGard ceramic coating

Fasteners

Corrosion

SermaGard ceramic coating

Compressor rods

Abrasion, wear, corrosion,


and temperature fluctuations

Tungsten carbide-based
coatings applied by DGun,Super D-Gun, and HVOF
processes

Mechanical seals

Corrosion and abrasive wear

Tungsten carbide-based
coatings applied by DGun,Super D-Gun, and HVOF
processes

Consistent results
You can be confident that whether your part is coated in the Americas, Europe, or Asia, the process
and coatingsare indistinguishable. More usable parts, less risk.
When you partner with Praxair, you simply get more
Through our sales consultantsmany of whom have engineering degreesyou get
more:more support, more coatings, more knowledge, more testing, and more consistency. You get
industry experience and knowledge to find the answer that's right for you. Our sales consultants are
there to help every step of the way.

t Praxair Surface Technologies, operational excellence means


operating in a way that is safe, reliable, cost-efficient, and
socially and environmentally responsible. We focus on the
following areas to ensure you get more from doing business
with Praxair.

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Continuous Improvement
Customer Satisfaction
Environmental Responsibility and Employee Safety
Quality
In our pursuit of operational excellence, Praxair uses a variety of
tools and techniques including Six Sigma and Lean
methodologies to improve quality, eliminate waste, reduce lead
time, and reduce total costs.

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Six Sigma
Six Sigma is a series of steps to measure and improve the effectiveness of a process or operation.
This program provides us with a set of interventions and statistical tools that can lead to substantial
gains in quality. With the Six Sigma strategy, it is possible to measure the degree of variation,
evaluate the process, and identify areas where improvements would increase product consistency
and reliability.
The meaning of Six Sigma. Taken from a letter in the Greek alphabet, the term Sigma is used in
statistics as a measure of variation. The philosophy of Six Sigma recognizes that there is a direct
correlation between the number of product defects and wasted operating costs, to the level of
customer satisfaction. The Six Sigma statistic measures the capability of the process to perform
defect-free work. The Sigma value indicates how often defects are likely to occur. Standard
controlled processes having a 3 Sigma limit will produce over 60,000 defects per million
opportunities over a period of 12 months or more up to a staggering 20 to 30 percent of sales
cost. A process that is controlled to 6 Sigma limits will produce just four defects per million well
under 10 percent of sales cost.
The value of being Lean. Using Lean methodologies and tools, we've replaced outdated massproduction systems with Lean systems that focus on eliminating waste: time, labor, or material that
doesn't add value. In-process cycle times and lead times drop, inventory shrinks, and quality
increases. Simply put, Lean organizationsincluding Praxair Surface Technologiesare customerfocused.